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Product Update! Flex Flip Tables now in Expressions Line

Take a room from classroom/training style learning to collaboration in minutes with the Flex Flip Table. From active learning environments to meeting rooms, the Flex Flip Table can meet the needs of any collaboration layout, while ADA accessible options allow you to engage any user in any environment.

Now available in Expressions Line of 17 popular laminate choices and four metal colors to compliment existing or new furniture and spacesWorksurfaces available in 48”, 60”, and 72” wide versionsTables available in 24” or 30” depths to fit in any spaceAdjustable height legs with heights available from 25.63" - 34.63" in 1" incrementsThe flip motion of the top allows the tables to nest for compact storage in a third of the space as normal tablesNew optional Cove Power Module and Wire Management Kit to manage power and portable devices
Take a look at all of the features of the Flex Flip Tables and request a quote or demo today!

Flex Training Table Q&A with Sue Emerson

Have you heard of our Flex Training Table system? This adaptable system allows you to effortlessly reconfigure a room from straight and round training tables to race-track, horseshoe, and d-shaped collaborative environments. Sue Emerson, Territory Manager for Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, has found this system of tables instrumental in creating active learning and training environments for her customers.
Q: What markets do you typically sell Flex Training Tables to?  A: Most of mine have been for Higher Ed and/or general classroom use.


Q: What kinds of spaces are they being used in?  A: Generally these are for classrooms. One project was a small K-12 library where they put them around the perimeter of the room to use with desktop computers. Any new requests I’ve received have been for collaboration.   They like the idea of being able to move the desks around, like 2 rectangular with a ½ round which can be used to break apart in small groups or…

All-In-One Desk for Any Space!

One of the most common problems to overcome in planning a new space or redesigning an old space is how to fit everything needed into the limited space available. Often times training rooms and classrooms need to be used for multiple purposes including having computers available for projects and courses as well as desk space for projects, writing, and tests.

In response to this need, Spectrum developed an easy, all-in-one solution, the Flex InSight Desk. This desk allows for a seamless transition from an ordinary desk to a computer desk just by flipping open the top, providing quick and easy access to the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Desks available in 36”, 60”, and 72” wide versions and 24” or 30” depths to fit in any spaceOptional CPU sling when all-in-one computers are not usedExclusive VESA monitor mount allows pan and tilt for optimal viewing anglesMonitor lid friction dampener provides support and slows the closing lid to keep hands and fingers safeLarge monitor compartment allow…

Mobile Device Cart Q&A with Brian Lambert

Spectrum Industries has been manufacturing mobile device carts for 20 years. From our humble beginnings, we have grown into a leader of innovation in the industry. Brian Lambert, territory manager of Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia, has helped many customers with selecting the perfect cart for their mobile device deployment. He's joined us this week to answer a few questions about the Spectrum line of mobile device carts.

Q: What markets do you typically sell mobile device carts to?

A: The K-12 market amounts to probably 95% of the mobile computing carts that Spectrum sells.

Q: What kinds of spaces are they being used in?

A: Once the devices are wired up into the carts, they are deployed around K-12 buildings, and used as “classrooms on wheels, or COWS.” One cart might remain within each classroom, or maybe one cart is shared amongst multiple classrooms, but either way, the wireless access points allow these carts to be entirely mobile and flexible for use wherever the district needs…

Spectrum Industries Brings in New Graphic Design Talent

Spectrum Industries announced today that Samantha Boos has joined the marketing team as a graphic designer. Sam is a native of Chippewa Falls and a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.
“I am looking forward to meeting and working with a great group of people,” Sam stated about beginning her career at Spectrum. “I am also excited to keep their brand strong, appealing and consistent in the various marketing mediums Spectrum uses.”
Sam comes to Spectrum with extensive experience in graphic design. She has worked for Queen of the Castle Magazine designing their layouts and ads and for their sister company Stokes + Herzog PR. For the past three years, Sam has worked as the Lead Designer at Summerana doing freelance design. She also had an internship at Great Northern Corporation. On top of all of that, Sam brings a strong knowledge of photography to Spectrum, having her own photography business for over 4 years.

“We are…

Products Built to Adapt

At Spectrum, we believe in building products that last. We offer a 10-year warranty on our tables, desks, lecterns, and carts because we believe in standing by our products which are all designed and assembled in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. However, with the constant change and innovation of technology, our products will often outlast the electronics they are initially used with. To keep up with the demand of an ever-changing tech market we aspire to build products that can adapt so that you won't need to replace your furniture every time you replace your electronics. Here are a few examples of how this is done:

Mobile Device Carts
Intuitive wire management and adjustable power strips accommodate different styles of in-line adapters and wall plugs QuickBrick™ trays can be added or removed as needed to adapt to changing wiring needs Padded shelves and flexible dividers protect devices of different sizes 

Lecterns
Industry Standard Rack Units are used in our equipment racks and cubesNew…

Wiring with Ease

At Spectrum Industries, we keep our customers in mind with every step of our design process. One of the most common things that we hear is that customers want their carts and lecterns to be organized with well-managed cable and power storage.

From a specially designed overhead cord management system to our removable QuickBrick™ wiring trays, our Mobile Device Carts have set the standard for quick and easy integration.

The superior, all-metal overhead wire management system keeps charge cords organized above each storage bay.

Our large, removable QuickBrick™ wiring trays with retaining straps for charge adapters allow wiring to be completed outside the cart at the comfort of a workstation or desk to provide quick and easy integration.

For more information on how to wire our carts check out this great new tutorial:

For more information on our entire line of Mobile Device Carts and Cabinets visit our website: http://ow.ly/Iz4O303kqTj

Meet Our Territory Managers! August Edition

One Wednesday each month we are featuring one of our Territory Managers. This month we're introducing you to Ohio native Brian Lambert, who covers the mid-country territory of Michigan, West Virginia, and his home state of Ohio, or, in his words, “The heart of it all.” He enjoys selling Spectrum’s high-quality products with “a wonderful reputation in the field.” “That, combined with the reliable, hard-working inside sales team, makes my job a lot easier,” he said.
But don’t think he rests on those laurels. Brian works hard to get Spectrum products into schools and businesses throughout his territory. What sells the best for him, and why? “I’ve had great success selling mobile computing carts to the K-12 market. They’re feature rich and offer many advantages over our competitors’ products,” says Brian.
In the big picture, Brian points to customer satisfaction with Spectrum’s great customer service, reliable and durable products, and the fact that “our products are made in the U.S.…

Relay For Life

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill

Once a year, the community of Chippewa County comes together to "celebrate, remember, and fight back" by participating in and fundraising for Relay for Life.  Employees at Spectrum have taken part in this movement for many years. This includes Teresa Repaal, a survivor who has participated for 17 years and is also the Survivor Chair for the Chippewa County event.

"Going through the luminaire ceremony every year is the most moving part of the event," said Teresa. "It brings to light both the survivors and those who have lost their lives in this battle. Every year we have more and more survivors and that makes this all worthwhile."

Other members of the Spectrum team this year include Rocky Aken, Debi Berg, Sue Bohl, Tom Repaal, and Steve Tannler. The committee asks teams to help at the Relay, if possible. The Spectrum team has always helped in the survivor tent since Teres…

Spectrum’s Element Wins rAVe Best of InfoComm Award

Spectrum is excited to announce that we have won rAVe Publications’ annual Best of InfoComm 2016 Awards Best New AV Furniture Product for the InVision Element Table.

InfoComm is the largest event in the Western Hemisphere focused on the pro-AV industry, with more than 1,000 exhibitors, thousands of products, and nearly 40,000 attendees from 110+ countries.

“All involved should feel a great sense of accomplishment in their participation and contribution towards the team effort that developed, designed, tested and prepared for production this award winning product,” stated Dave See, President at Spectrum Industries.
The InVision Element Table is the next generation of affordable, durable active learning collaboration furniture available for educational or corporate settings.
“The InVision Element is the most affordable collaboration table out there and can be used in any setting to create an engaging learning and working environment,” said Bob Kensinger, Spectrum Industries Vice Presiden…

Quality Products and Customer Service

At Spectrum Industries, we believe that making a quality product matters to our customers. Having products that will outlast their users and are adaptable enough to be reused through multiple technology deployments, is what drives our innovation and desire to constantly strive to surpass our customers' expectations. Simply put, Spectrum furniture is made to last and perform for years.

Larry Lindenauer, territory manager with Spectrum in the New England region believes that product durability is one of Spectrum’s strongest selling points. “When I go to schools, they show me purchases from several years back that are still in great condition.” 
Mark Dotson, territory manager with Spectrum in the Mid-Atlantic region agreed with this sentiment, stating that “it’s wonderful when demonstrating our products to prospects and customers at tradeshows and they say, ‘We love your products,’ or ‘We have been using Spectrum for years.’ It shows that I represent a reputable and highly regarded c…

Meet Our Territory Managers! July Edition

One Wednesday each month we are featuring one of our Territory Managers. This month we're introducing you to Larry Lindenauer, Territory Manager of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Larry is fascinated by the historical significance of his territory, which covers all of New England and New York. “I enjoy going into the small New England towns and discovering the local history that ties into many of the colleges, which are among the oldest in the United States.” 
Born in Brooklyn and graduating with a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Larry went on to gain valuable sales experience in the publishing and beverage industries for 25 years. “Having worked for industry leaders in other fields, I can confidently say that working for Spectrum continues that trend,” Larry said. 
He believes that product durability is one of Spectrum’s strong selling points. “When I go to schools, they show me purchas…

New Product Spotlight: Flex Lecterns

What do you get when you cross a mobile device cart with a lectern?


Introducing the new Flex Lecterns, an innovative 2-in-1 solution that combines your instructor workstation and mobile device cart, all in one small footprint.

Taking the intelligent design of two of our mobile device carts, the Pro32 and Cloud40, and adding the functionality of Spectrum’s line of lecterns, a new line of Flex Lecterns has been developed. The versatile and powerful Pro32 Flex Lectern can store and charge a combination of 32 laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets up to 15.6”. Able to store more devices in a slightly smaller space, the Cloud40 Flex Lectern can store and charge a combination of 40 Chromebooks and tablets up to 14”.
“The Flex Lectern will eliminate the need for both a teacher lectern and mobile device cart to exist in the same environment saving on valuable space in classrooms that are often crowded with furniture,” said Robert Kensinger, Spectrum Industries Vice President of Sales. “Our goal is…

Manufacturing Boot Camp Kick Off

Spectrum has been fortunate to be able to take part in two of the Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America programs this year; the Explorers Program and the latest one, the Manufacturing Boot Camp which had a kick off at Spectrum on the week of June 13, 2016.

The Program The Manufacturing Boot Camp program gives an opportunity for 16 to 18 year olds to gain firsthand experience with manufacturers to see what happens inside local businesses, summarized Alyssa Kellagher, Exploring Executive with the Chippewa Valley Council Boys Scouts of America. 
With the boot camp, they are working with approximately seven different businesses all within the Chippewa County. The format of the program is a six-week long course, taking place Monday through Thursday, with the students at a different business every week. In the morning they complete certifications and in the afternoon they are more interactive within the business site.

The Participants
Of the 23 participants in the program the ma…

Great Speeches Take Place Behind Great Lecterns

Abe Lincoln graced Spectrum with his presence during the three days of InfoComm 2016. Abe gave a great speech during which he expounded on our momentous new Media Manager Series of lecterns.
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Two score and eight years ago, Spectrum’s founders brought forth innovative and high-value products to diverse markets. They were and are dedicated to the proposition that, while all people are created equal, all educational and corporate furniture is not. Now we are in the midst of a momentous convention to better learn about the latest AV technology. We are at a booth at that convention, one dedicated to providing AV-compatible lecterns and other furniture to academies of education and to free market enterprises. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this, for it is through the advancement of technology at school and work that we shall make the most of our opportunities for learning, collaboration, and the free exch…

Meet Our Territory Managers! June Edition

One Wednesday each month we are featuring one of our Territory Managers. This month we're introducing you to Julie Butkunas, Territory Manager of Illinois and Indiana.

Having spent the majority of her life in the Chicagoland area, Julie is right at home in the Great Lakes states of Illinois and Indiana.

“I most enjoy working with the end users seeing their ideas and dreams realized,” said Julie about why she enjoys her job with Spectrum. “Our customers appreciate our ability to incorporate their ideas into the finished products. It is very rewarding for me working with a team, transforming a classroom into a state-of-the-art learning environment.”

Julie’s experience and education in Interior Design has benefited her relationships with customers. She is a graduate from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago, where she studied Interior Design. Before joining Spectrum Industries, Julie worked for a Chicagobased architectural firm for 15 years. While there, she …

New Product Spotlight: Media Manager Series Lecterns

Spectrum Launches the Media Manager Series.
With the Elite Lectern being the inspiration, the new family of redesigned lecterns gives customers the same great design for each lectern in a variety of sizes. That means they can fit into the smallest classrooms and simplest boardrooms to the largest lecture halls or presentation spaces. With a timeless appearance, the series is built with heavy-gauge steel for long-lasting durability. It’s available with a plain surface, surround, or with an Overbridge Control Console™ for easy control access. Each lectern has a removable rack cube which can be shipped separately for easy AV and IT integration. The series of lecterns also has unique features that set them apart from each other:


Director Lectern

The largest in the series, the Director Lectern boasts the ability to fit two full sized rack cubes for maximizing AV and technology integration.



Elite Lectern
Protected with a dual-bolt lock, the Elite Lectern features a large document camera draw…

InfoComm 2016 - Change the World

InfoComm 2016 is right around the corner and we’d love to see you there. Stop at our booth, C5437, and check out our new products, including your first peek at the new Media Manager Series. With the Elite lectern being the inspiration, the new family of redesigned lecterns gives customers the same great design for each lectern in a variety of sizes. That means they can fit into the smallest classrooms and simplest boardrooms to the largest lecture halls or presentation spaces.


The new lectern series will help you help you to “Change the World.” And with a few words, Abe Lincoln changed the world. See Abe speak at our booth daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and 11 a.m. on Friday. Also, see the new AV Equipment Channel on our very popular InVision Element Table. Don’t miss the excitement!

Exploring The Future - The Final Product

This past Monday, Spectrum hosted its last Chippewa County Explorer Program (CCEP) event for the year. 
The students received their final products and were able to “unveil them.” They reviewed the Bill of Materials and the many details that go into making the product, along with the costs. They learned how the final costs for a project can change once you start making more of a certain product by looking at material pricing, increasing volume of what is being built, efficiency set-up times, etc. 

Laurie Klomstad, Human Resource Manager at Spectrum, then spoke to the group about what it’s like to work at Spectrum. She introduced the concept of the Corporate Culture and what that means to the organization and the employees who work there. She also discussed Diversity and why it is important in the workplace. Diversity can range from having different opinions to having a variety of skills among employees.
Laurie Reardon, HR Coordinator, then spoke to the group about how to complete a job…

New Product Spotlight: Mobile Device Carts

Spectrum Industries has been the leader in cart manufacturing since 1995. We are known for building mobile device carts that will last through many deployments of technology. Take a look at the great line of carts we have developed to securely store and charge your devices.


Cloud Series: Cloud32 and Cloud40
The Cloud Series is our #1 selling series of carts. Our redesigned Cloud Series carts are able to store, charge, and transport either 32 or 40 Chromebooks (up to 14”) with the option of adding our intuitive PowerProdigy™ charger.

Pro Series: Pro 20 and Pro32
Originally made to hold notebooks and laptops, the Pro Series of carts has also become popular with Chromebooks since the cart will hold any size device.The overhead wire management allows the charging plugs to hang in front of each device.

Connect30
Simplify your life without breaking your budget. The Connect30 Cart is a rugged and reliable cart at an outstanding value and is highly versatile with optional features which allow it …

Exploring the Future - Sales, Assembly, Packaging, and Shipping

This past Monday, Spectrum hosted its second to last Chippewa County Explorer Program (CCEP) event for the year. The training this week was at the Johnson Street building and was lead by Laurie Reardon, Aimee Sullivan, and Denise Parkhurst.

Laurie Reardon, a Human Resource Specialist at Spectrum, spoke about how to apply for a job and how to present yourself during the interview. The group played Employ-ability Skills Bingo, where they had to see what characteristics they had, such good manners, good work ethic, eye contact, good writing skills, having a solid hand shake, etc. They also had to see what areas they needed to work on. The group also completed an Employee Misconduct Bingo, where they hopefully didn’t have any characteristics, like missing work without calling in, having inappropriate social media posts, rudeness, laziness, internet browsing or texting during work, etc.

Next Aimee Sullivan, Logistics Manager, and Denise Parkhurst, Inside Sales Manager, talked to the studen…