The Merchandise Mart, in Chicago, hosts over 50,000 design professionals and 500 leading companies for NeoCon, the tradeshow of the year. Neocon has evolved over the last forty-nine years into the most recognized and attended trade show in the industry. Along with being a top spot to network and see the latest trends in the industry, attendees have the chance to attended some of the best accredited seminars and listen to some of the most prestigious keynote speakers. Check out our recap of this year’s show and some of our products that made it into the show!
The Latest and Greatest
Check out our newest completely redesigned edition of the 2017-2018 Marine/RV Product Catalog, including many great new products and a whole new approach to decorative lighting! ITC understands that decorative lighting is a personal choice, so our 2017-2018 catalog provides you with a peek at just some of our options available to you. We recommend you work directly with one of our highly qualified sales professionals to determine which products and finishes work best for your needs.
Along with the quality products that have become industry standards, ITC has released a number of new products. Below, is just a sample of some of the new products you do not want to miss:
For the past few years, ITC headquarters has been heading toward our current situation of “busting-at-the-seams”. ITC employees have been making the most out of every possible space in the Holland facility, by sharing office spaces, reducing the office footprint sizes to squeeze in more people, and jockeying for conference room time as we continued to grow the ITC Team. After an in-depth search, ITC is so excited to announce we finally found that perfect space to call our new home! 3030 Corporate Grove Drive, Hudsonville MI, about fifteen minutes east of our current building, is were ITC will put out our new sign and start down a new path full of growth. ITC is preparing the new building with a complete remodel, gutting the outdated mauve cabinets and counters, taking down walls, building out new space for production and test lab, as well as adding a large common area to support teamwork and collaboration. The last piece of the puzzle is a good size investment in equipping the building with the best and latest technology to streamline our daily customer responses.
ITC receives Most Engaged Workplace award on May 4, 2017. ITC was honored in 2016 as one of the Top 50 Companies to Watch from Michigan Celebrates Small Business and as an alumnus of this award was invited to participate in the 2017 awards. Chosen from over 600 alumni, ITC was selected as the first recipient of the Most Engaged Workplace Award, from Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Mike Camarota, ITC’s President, accepted the award at the 13th annual event in Lansing, Michigan, on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
The Most Engaged Workplace Award is based on three areas, commitment to the community, supporting an environment of team work and collaboration, and competitive advantages. At ITC, we know that small contributions can have a big impact on not only the local community but on the attitudes and fulfillment of our employees.
Team members are encouraged to express ideas and contribute to their success and that of other team members and the company. The philosophy of sharing is key to the culture as well, with profit sharing bonuses, Star Performer awards, as well as support and understanding of individual’s personal needs and situations. The culture also has a community approach with monthly company organized activities including group lunches and holiday celebrations. We also have regular company performance information sharing and celebrate our achievements as a team.
Employees are also supported and encouraged in their volunteer efforts. Our employee staffed Sharing and Caring Committee works with all employees, whether it’s for a monetary donation or non-monetary donation of time and talent, to support many diverse needs in our communities.
One of ITC’s core values is to “create an atmosphere of mutual respect and commitment with employees.” The leadership appreciates and promotes listening, respecting, and valuing all team members, customers, and suppliers. The open and approachable atmosphere at ITC is family oriented and team members are made to feel included in the family.
Michigan Celebrates Small Business is a partnership of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC), Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Edward Lowe Foundation, Small Business Association of Michigan, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Business Network. “The companies selected this year give us an understanding of Michigan’s successful entrepreneurial ecosystem,” says Jennifer Deamud, Director of Michigan Celebrates Small Business and Associate State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center. “These companies are significant drivers of our economy. In addition, they play a critical role in their communities as job creators.”
Inspired by the anti-war movement, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson realized he could use the energy from the movement for more changes. His plan was to mix that energy with public consciousness about air and water pollution and power environmental protection onto the national public agenda. With a staff of eighty-five republicans, democrats, liberals, and conservatives, he promoted his national teach-in on the environment across the country. Finally, on April 22, 1970 the advocates took their voices to streets all over America, along with twenty million other Americans. This massive coast to coast rally brought about more than awareness about a healthy and sustainable environment; by the end of 1970, Earth Day was responsible for the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
In 1990, Earth Day went global, giving a huge boost to worldwide recycling efforts and helping pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Each Earth Day victory is huge, but each new year also brings to light new and existing struggles, such as the research around climate change and a divided environmental community. Celebrated by more than a billion people worldwide, the fight for a clean environment continues every day. This history brings us to Earth Day 2017, with the Earth Day campaign of “environmental and climate literacy”, which focuses on the concept that the foundation for progress is education.
The history is great, but I’m sure what you really want to know is how to celebrate! There is no right or wrong way to celebrate. Whether this is your first official celebration, or you can’t remember a time when you didn’t celebrate, how you celebrate is up to you. Maybe you haven’t started a recycle bin, maybe you need so
me more trees in the back yard, or maybe your goal is to learn all about the idea behind Earth Day. Here’s a list of a few ways to make your earth day a little earthier:
- Recycle not only your everyday plastics and glass, but also your e-waste (computers, TVs, etc).
Learn how to grow your favorite produce.
- Start by growing your favorite herb in a window pot, then move on to your favorite veggies in the backyard.
- Plant a tree or two or donate to The Canopy Project to help them reach their goal of planting 150,000 trees (https://donate.earthday.org/events/trees-for-earth/e76443)
- Make a pledge as a part of the A Billion Acts of Green: A few examples are getting rid of plastic bags, start a work carpool, or start your own garden (http://www.earthday.org/take-action/)
- Build a bird feeder and hang it out in your yard- just don’t forget to keep it full!
- Pick up litter around your neighborhood or organize a group and do it together
- Make a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three out of only locally grown food
- Spend the day technology free
- Educate yourself about what Earth Day is all about
Click here to learn about how we do our part and how we can help you!
The ITC Radiance X2 is the first bezel free rectangular overhead in the industry! The bezel free design prevents shadowing to provide uninterrupted illumination, and blends in with headliners for a seamless appearance. The X2 provides double the illumination of a “regular square overhead” resulting in fewer required installed lights. Available in three LED color options to fit into any design.
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Beer goes green whether you are at home or at a bar!
With a world of technology access at our fingertips, whether it’s our smart phones, computers, or tablets, we never have to miss a beat. In this new normal, it has made it so easy to forget the beauty of driving, without a GPS, and randomly coming across a camping destination where you can unplug and show off your campmosphere. Or meeting a friend in person for a cup of coffee instead of facetiming, while you each stand in line at different Starbucks.
Today, some ITC employees will join in a digital detox as part of the National Day of Unplugging. This kind of detox is to remind us to look up and appreciate the world around us. Whether you unplug to reconnect or spend quality time with the ones that matter most or just to take a solitary walk in the woods, join others in this detox! Bonus points if you get others to join in with you, that way you would be missing the latest Facebook posts. For 24 hours, starting at sundown tonight (March 3), unplug and join these ITC employees and others on a digital detox. Happy Unplugging! For more information or to get your own banner to let others know how you unplugged click here. PS – of course post your banner before or after the 24 hours.
For the past thirteen years, Patrick has dedicated himself to ITC’s customers and the family of ITC employees. Patrick, started in Marine Sales and is finishing his tenure at ITC as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He is now starting down another path of running his own rep company. We look forward to continuing to work with him as one of our RV and Marine Reps. Everyone at ITC would like to thank Patrick for everything he has done and wish him the very best as his new journey starts. Patrick, you will be missed!
Reflecting on the memories we have collected in 2016. Best wishes to all for a prosperous New Year!