The cadre of firms that can produce high quality museum exhibits is quite extensive and impressive. Taylor Studios produces the best, of course, but here are ten of the top fabrication only firms in our industry. Many of these firms we have partnered with, subcontracted under, teamed up with in some fashion. We consider them our friends and competitors at times. Competition makes us better, stronger, more efficient, innovative and creative. It helps us see our own flaws and then improve. Sometimes we help each other grow and improve. Many have offered us advice, know-how and friendship and we are eternally grateful. And when we team up we offer you even more. Cheers to this great list of companies.
Xibitz creates environmental spaces in a variety of markets including: museums, healthcare, corporations and higher education. They’ve had a couple changes in ownership in their 25 year history and believe in strategic collaboration. Their museum portfolio is quite impressive. In full disclosure, of course we think their museum work is awesome. We partnered with them on the ND Heritage Center and are currently working together at the University of MI and in Iceland. The team also includes Lord Cultural Resources.
- Exhibit Concepts
I love ECI’s founding story. It started in 1978, with an entrepreneur and a dream. And today, it is run by his daughter. How cool is that. They are big in branded environments and tradeshows. Yet, their museum portfolio is impressive too. They have two locations now, the original in OH and another in Chicago. They hold a special place in our heart as they gave us a chance back in the 90s when we were a small start-up. That job was the Northern Indiana Historical Society.
- Design and Production (D&P)
D & P’s primary focus is museums. They are a large company with over 100 employees and 150,000 square foot office and production building. On top of the normal gamete of exhibit fabrication services they also offer in house media and lighting systems. They have an impressive portfolio and are well known in the industry.
- Group Delphi
Delphi has impressive museum projects under their belt. They offer a wide range of capabilities from digital to wood. They target more than the museum market including: events, retail, tradeshows, medical and events. I’ve heard good things on how they collaborate and solve problems. Group Delphi is a big company with two locations and several hundred thousands of production space and over 200 employees. Wow! That’s impressive.
Nassal is established in the theme park, attractions and zoo environment. They can crank out some gunite rockwork. Nassal acquired Lexington, which specialized in hospitality, casinos, retail and themeparks, in December of 2016. They are a large company with an impressive portfolio.
- Boss Displays
Boss is well-known for interactive exhibits for children’s museums and science centers. If you need water or ball exhibits they can serve them up. They are located in Columbus, OH and have a 26,000 square foot production facility.
Explus’ forte is in the museum realm. Their expertise is in woodworking, metalwork and graphics. They are located in Dulles, VA conveniently located near East coast museums. They have a large production facility and have been in business over 35 years.
Maltbie was acquired by Kubik about 12 years ago. They are a large fabrication company working world-wide. Given their size they offer a lot of internal expertise from project management to engineering.
- 1220 Exhibits
1220 has been in business since 1972. Wow! That’s an impressive run. They offer a wide array of services including graphic design, audio/visual, even marketing, tradeshows, fabrication and project management. They are located in Nashville, TN, employ over 80 people and have a large production facility.
- Capital Museum Services
Capital provides museum and visitor center fabrication and installation services. They are located in Manassas, VA. Much of their portfolio has been centered around the Washington D.C. area. They are a division of Capitol Exhibit Services, Inc. established in 1988 which primary market is tradeshows.
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