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 where 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 ITC is preparing the new building with a complete remodel, gutting the outdated mauve cabinets and counters, taking down walls, building out new space for production and test lab, as well as adding a large common area to support teamwork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.
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 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.
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!
According to Reserve America, as camping progressed from tents to motorhomes in a span of 55 years, amenities also evolved. From 1905 to 1927, everything from the lantern to the air mattress, and even the s’more, was invented, setting camping on the path to where it is today. While some people still prefer hiking and pitching a tent, others prefer parking their luxury 5th wheels in a campground with amenities or traveling the highways and byways in a deluxe motorhome, waking up to something new every day. Although the definition of camping is different across the world, it seems to be a common interest that many people share.
So, what about the people who prefer staying in a hotel over traditional camping? To many of us glamping or “glamorous camping”, a new trend that’s started to become more and more popular over the last few years, is the answer. According to glamping.com, the history of glamping could be taken all the way back to the 1900s when Americans and Europeans traveled to Africa for a wild outdoor adventure, but still demanded the luxuries of king sized beds, Persian rugs, and a chef. Today’s version of glamping seems very similar with canvas tents made into luxury rooms, treehouses with functional kitchens and baths or RVs with crystal chandlers and whirlpool tubs. Glamping may be frustrating to an avid rustic camper, but for the rest it’s a way to see the beauty of nature with all the comforts of home and without any of the “annoying parts” of camping. No dirty hands or tent poles that won’t go together, just a pull up and relax environment.
Despite the hurricane, ITC had another successful show at IBEX this year. 2016 marked the first time in several years that ITC introduced a new booth concept. We have used the same concept for many years and decided that the design was looking a bit tired and dated. Our customers know us and they know our booth so we knew we needed to make a big impact with the new design. To do this we incorporated pieces and parts of an actual pontoon. This new design received a lot of complements and made the perfect backdrop for our latest VersiColor RGB products.
Some of the new products featured included the Prominence docking light, VersiColor flexible RGB lighting and the VersiColor four zone controller. The Prominence light features both a white spotlight and decorative RGB trim ring. The flexible lighting while not a new product, was shown in a new application under the pontoon rails. The four-zone controller was used to tie all the RGB products together. Up to four zones can be wired and modified by the controller. Zones can be turned on or off via the toggle switches on the helm and will maintain the same color as other zones even if they are turned off.
All in all, there was high interest level in the VersiColor RGB products and it was good to see that most manufacturers are looking to incorporate this technology into their designs. We are excited about the customization aspect that RGB brings and are looking forward to influencing how lighting is used in the marine industry.