Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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 spaces
  • Worksurfaces available in 48”, 60”, and 72” wide versions
  • Tables available in 24” or 30” depths to fit in any space
  • Adjustable height legs with heights available from 25.63" - 34.63" in 1" increments
  • The flip motion of the top allows the tables to nest for compact storage in a third of the space as normal tables
  • New 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!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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 put together as a d-shape collaborative space.

Q: What are your customers saying about the Flex Training Tables?
A: They like that they are very durable and mobile. The tables can be ordered with 2 or 4 casters so that rooms can be rearranged easily and quickly. They like the flexibility of being able to move them around the room. The cost is also attractive.

Q: What features do they have that customers are attracted to?
A: Cost (as stated above), but also the different sizes available. There are different widths and lengths along with round table options to meet the configuration they need.

Q: Why would customers choose this style table over another option?
A: Loyal customers know they are durable products. They also can add on different sizes and options as needed.

Discover more features of the Flex Training Table system and request a quote today! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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 space
  • Optional CPU sling when all-in-one computers are not used
  • Exclusive VESA monitor mount allows pan and tilt for optimal viewing angles
  • Monitor lid friction dampener provides support and slows the closing lid to keep hands and fingers safe
  • Large monitor compartment allows monitor to be safely raised and lowered without damage
  • Available in Expressions Line including 15 popular laminate choices and four metal colors to match any design

Recreate your space with the Flex Insight Desk – request a quote today! Don’t forget to work with your Territory Manager for product demonstrations and room layouts!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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 them to be.

Q: What features do Spectrum carts have that customers are attracted to?

A: Ruggedness and durability are always very important to the end users, as well as ease of use, ease of mobility, and security.

Q: What are customers saying about Spectrum’s mobile device carts?

A: The design changes made at the outset of 2016 addressed some of the previous generations deficiencies. These updates include: easier cabling, more security with the ability to add a padlock, more flexibility to be able to accommodate larger devices, and we kept the wonderful reliability that comes with all Spectrum products. The 2016 line has been very well received!

Q: Why should customers choose Spectrum’s carts over other carts on the market?

A: The value of Spectrum products has long been known for a great mix of reliability, durability, flexibility, security, ease of use, and second-to-none customer service.

Q: What advice do you have for a customer when trying to pick the right cart for their devices?

A: I would encourage any tech director or reseller firm to contact their local Spectrum Industries territory manager. Since Spectrum manufactures a cart for any device, simply knowing the desired capacity, and the specific device type will allow us to select the proper cart for your needs.

To find out more about Spectrum's line of mobile device carts and request a quote visit our website.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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 looking forward to the innovative design ideas Sam will bring to our team,” stated Carla Leuck, Marketing Manager at Spectrum. “She has a lot of talent and her creativity will help Spectrum grow as we continue to expand our product selections into new markets.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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 

  • Industry Standard Rack Units are used in our equipment racks and cubes
  • New lecterns feature removable rack cubes for easy integration and changing of technology
  • Overbridge Control Consoles feature replaceable instrument panels for updating cutouts as needed

As technology changes, Spectrum continues to adapt our designs to meet customers' expectations. As territory manager Drew Cave says, "it has given Spectrum the opportunity to develop innovative products to support ever-changing needs,” 

For more information on all of our great products check out our website:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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.A.”

Brian has a BBA from the University of Toledo. Prior to joining Spectrum, Brian originated residential mortgage loans and administered purchase and refinance closings for title companies throughout Ohio and Michigan.

Outside of work Brian spends his time with his wife, Becky, and two young children. His hobbies include cooking, working out, and following sports and politics.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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 Teresa is the Survivor Chair.

Diane Berg, also an employee of Spectrum, was there with family and friends as a part of Team Bridget in support of her sister Bridget McNamara. They were all sporting Team Bridget shirts which featured a quote by Elizabeth Edwards: "She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way she adjusted her sails."

The Spectrum Team has raised $2,500 so far which is a part of the $70,128.36 raised by the 24 teams and 151 participants that took part in the Chippewa County Relay for Life. The team has until the end of August to raise money.  If you are interested in contributing to this great event, donations can be made here through the end of the month.

About Relay for Life

In more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries, Relay For Life events comprise the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each Relay For Life event is special to its community, but the movement's true power lies in the combined commitment of thousands of participants, volunteers, and supporters to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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 President of Sales. “This great new table, available in our new Spectrum Expressions line of laminate and metal colors, offers many options giving design and style flexibility.”

The InVision Element Table is proudly designed, assembled, and shipped from our factory in Chippewa Falls, WI. Find more information on this great product and request a quote today!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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 company.”

Listening to our customers is a business practice that Sue Emerson, territory manager of the northwest region, believes makes Spectrum tick. “We listen to our customers and incorporate their ideas into our new products. We want to hear about it if there’s a way to make something better.”

As part of this commitment to our customers, Spectrum has launched a new Product Registration program. Customers will find a Product Registration tag on new shipments (as shown on the left). 

Why should you register your product?

Lightning Fast Service: Get the fastest possible turn-around in the case of warranty claims.
Product Notifications: We can contact you directly with product notifications and safety information.
Better Products: Your comments help us in our constant drive to improve existing products and develop new ones.
Keeping you in the loop: Once registered, you’ll get periodic updates on new products, programs, and contests.

Check out the Product Registration page on our website:

Our customers appreciate the innovation and quality that is built into each product. The company’s high quality products are surpassed only by its commitment to superior customer service. All products and services come with a very simple but strong guarantee from Spectrum’s CEO David Hancock: “We guarantee complete customer satisfaction.”

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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 purchases from several years back that are still in great condition.” Leading with innovation also keeps Spectrum competitive. Today’s changing educational environments are requiring classrooms to work and flow differently than a decade ago. “With the adoption of common core testing, the need for our charging carts has really taken off,” Larry added. 

He finds that customers appreciate Spectrum’s responsiveness and ability to provide solutions. “I don’t try to put the square peg into the round hole. By going to the schools, Spectrum can innovate as needed. Bringing a sample desk or lectern to the classroom gives the buyer the confidence that they made the correct choice.” 

When he’s not travelling for work, Larry can be found at home in “apple country,” Modena, New York, with Sharon, his wife of 25 years. His two sons attend colleges in New York and Hull, England. As a firm believer in giving back to the community, Larry is a member of his town Zoning Board of Appeals.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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 to continue to innovate our product line to best meet the needs of our customers. The Flex Lecterns are the next logical step in that pursuit.”

Combining Cart and Lectern
  • High-pressure laminate worksurface
  • Worksurface surround enhancing privacy for instructors 
  • Sturdy side flip-up shelf adds needed worksurface space
  • Easy access to devices from audience side

Mobility and Security
  • Powder coated, heavy-gauge steel construction 
  • Dual-bolt keyed lock and hasps 
  • Padded shelves protect devices from vibration during movement
  • Small footprint fits into any classroom space

Smart Charging and Wiring
  • Durable overhead wire management 
  • Large, removable QuickBrick™ wiring trays
  • Charging plugs hang conveniently in front of each laptop
  • PowerProdigy™ directs power to devices as needed

Take a look at these great new products and request a quote today!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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 majority of them just graduated from high school or are going to be seniors along with a few that are going to be juniors. A good handful of participants are going to be looking for employment right away, explained Kellagher. 

“The program has a large population of students that are more kind of alternative learning and so they're more hands-on and kind of need a little push to help them get certification that will make them be more marketable to employers as they are looking for to be hired,” she said.

The week they were at Spectrum, students received an overview of the manufacturing facilities, offices, and product display room. They got a full overview of Spectrum including information about Spectrum’s design process, manufacturing cell layout, time studies, and packaging methods, and Spectrum’s furniture for presentation and education. Later in the week, Laurie Reardon, human resources, worked with them on resumes and interview skills to round out their experience. 

As for certifications while at Spectrum, Bonnie Burke of Workforce Resources lead them through the OSHA 10 training, which provides training for entry level workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. Additionally, UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center’s Ted Theyerl and Bob Oliver taught students on lean manufacturing, quality, and how to establish a safe and efficient operation.

Program Development
The program is in its first year, said Kellagher, and is a joint effort with the Boy Scouts of America, Workforce Resource, and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCED), as well as the businesses of Chippewa County.

The Chippewa Valley Council BSA was awarded a grant through the State of Wisconsin’s Blueprint for Prosperity program. The original vision came from Charlie Walker with the CCED, said Kellagher. Walker was the one who inspired the main idea and then he works with them to apply for the grant. The CCED is the link between the program and the businesses that host boot camps.

Workforce Resource partnership includes recruiting of students and helping with certification. And although Workforce Resource has done similar programs with adults, there really hasn't been a similar program out there before that has been geared towards 16 to 18 year olds. 

The Take-Away

And what exactly are the students taking away from the boot camp? Beside the OSHA 10 and Lean Manufacturing certificates, they are achieving certifications in Critical Core Manufacturing Skills from CVTC and Safety and Manufacturing Processes and Production from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council. Along with getting some firsthand experience of what goes on in local businesses, and knowledge of the hiring process, the participants will receive a stipend of $1,044.00 for completing the Boot Camp. High school elective credits will also be available for students from the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. 

But the benefits aren’t just for the participants.

“You find a lot of times that students are leaving the area,” said Kellagher, “and keeping our people local is a huge goal of our program, getting students hired, and building family awareness.”

“I think there is a big stigma almost anywhere you go that a student needs to go to a 4-year college and that manufacturing is dirty or whatever people say about manufacturing, and it’s not,” she explained. “I think getting them the certifications at no cost is kind of another big goal. To have them complete those and have a leg up compared to other people who may be applying.”

Making a Difference
One thing that stood out for Kellagher was that there are two students participating in the Manufacturing Boot Camp that were also in the Explorers Program held at Spectrum.

“I thought that was pretty cool that they had a good experience with the program and that they decided to do the boot camp,” said Kellagher.

Kellagher also said that she could see that a lot of the other participants haven't been in a manufacturing site, and that even just being at Spectrum and getting a tour sparks the participants’ interest. That “spark” really stood out when they could see the finished products in the product display room because they had a lot more questions.

“I'm just very grateful that you guys had us, said Kellagher. “As I walk around, people always are saying ‘Hi, how are you doing’, even the ones I didn’t know. So, it's been a good experience.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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.

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 exchange of ideas and images.

It is in this last, most important of our contributions—toward the betterment of all learning and business environments—that Spectrum Industries dedicates its energies. It is to the free flow of information through integrator-friendly lecterns, tables, mobile device carts and more that Spectrum focuses its industry-leading innovations in design and manufacturing. For AV integrators and facility managers need not struggle to find perfect lectern solutions for any space or need. Indeed, those solutions stand before you waiting to be examined, along with Spectrum’s policy of free shipping with no minimums anywhere among the contiguous states of our great nation.

And in a narrower sense, we might pause for a moment to consider the role of the Media Manager Series of lecterns. Its creation was, after all, Spectrum’s attempt to assuage the desires of customers and resellers for lecterns that retained similar features, functions, and appearance while offering an array of sizes. It was the requests of AV integrators and facility managers, the likes of which are here gathered at this great moment, which led to Rack Units that could be shipped separately for preemptive assembly at diverse locales, to front and back opening panels, and special security and safety features. And to ensure those created equal are indeed treated as equals, Spectrum has become the industry leader in adjustable height lecterns.

Yes, the task ahead of you is great: to furnish your spaces with highly functional and attractive, AV-ready furniture that assists those who will use it in the world-changing tasks they engage in daily. Yet you have allies in this effort, and they are arrayed around us within this booth barely capable of containing their eagerness to assist you in your task. So seek out those who will guide you to your moment of epiphany, and speak with them about your needs. For it is not only possible but likely that those who get behind these fine lecterns will indeed change the world, and it will have been you who so united them with such an opportunity.

For more on the Media Manager Series check out this great new video and take a look at our website:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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 worked on a team that designed mid-rise and high-rise mixed-use buildings, medical buildings and financial institutions locally as well as in the Netherlands.

Julie has been very impressed with the Spectrum Lectern family, especially with the new designs that are being released this year. “We lead this AV Lectern market globally by providing a durable, flexible and aesthetically appealing lectern,” she said. “I am proud to present our products to the industry.”

Outside of work, Julie enjoys visiting her sons Patrick and David, who live in New York City and Australia. She and David, who works as a portfolio manager for an investment firm, sometimes meet half way to see each other. Two years ago they met in Japan where they skied at Nagano and toured through Tokyo and Kyoto. She visits Patrick in NYC more frequently, where they often take in art venues. He recently graduated with an MFA degree and works at a women’s homeless shelter while pursuing a career as an artist.

Julie also can be found on her paddleboard or snowshoeing/skiing in the winter. In the evenings she enjoys long hikes with her dog Belle.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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.

Protected with a dual-bolt lock, the Elite Lectern features a large document camera drawer at perfect writing height that can be put either on the right or left side.

Link Lectern

The Link Lectern comes in an optional 36” or 41” height to suit the needs of your customer’s function and design.

Compact Lectern

Our Compact Lectern, the smallest unit in the series, still offers great integration but in a footprint that fits the tightest spaces.

Spectrum’s Configurator at helps design the lecterns to your customer’s specs by choosing from over 60 color combinations and a variety of options. Click on Request a Quote to get your perfect lectern.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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 application and tips while in an interview. Then the students broke out with a Spectrum employee and did a mock interview.

Finally, the students received their very own Spectrum pull-over and celebrated a wonderful Explorers experience!  

For more information on the Spectrum Explorers events please contact Jennifer Lindstrom: 715-738-2169 or

About the CCEP

Chippewa County businesses are opening their doors to youth and adults to share potential career opportunities in Chippewa County via the CCEP! The CCEP is a new program designed to assist Chippewa County young adults (ages 12-20) make a more informed decision about future careers and determine if a particular career is the right one for them. This program is a work-site based program that gives Chippewa County youths an opportunity to visit local businesses and explore the dynamics of various local careers. Career Exploring is new to Chippewa County and aims to help participants learn more about careers that can be pursued locally.

These Chippewa County businesses have made a commitment to Chippewa County’s youth and career development by hosting a Career Explorer Post at their business. Youth may choose which Explore Post they want to participate at- each post will provide insight into educational requirements, job outlook, and vocational skills necessary to pursue careers in that particular field.

CCEDC encourages all Chippewa County young adults ages 12-20 to participate in an open house opportunity and ultimately choose an Explorer Post in Chippewa County to participate in. For more information about the CCEP contact Alyssa Kellagher, Exploring Executive at or (715) 514-8418.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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.

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 to manage most tablets, notebooks, laptops, and Chromebooks.

InTouch Series: InTouch32 and InTouch42
Built specifically for storing and charging tablets, the InTouch series is compatible with devices from nearly all manufactures. The InTouch32 is the smallest footprint in the industry while the InTouch42 has all the same features, but is perfect for your larger classroom.

The quality of a Spectrum cart is unsurpassed by any other. From convenient wire management to easy rolling deluxe wheels, you’ll love all the features we have to offer. All our carts are UL-60950-1 ETL recognized and designed and assembled in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Take a look at some of the great features of our Mobile Device Cart line:

Full product information can be found on Spectrum's website:

We have carts in stock and ready to ship! Contact your reseller today to find out more:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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 students about what happens when an order is placed and how it gets into the computer system and how product is then scheduled to be made or pulled from inventory. 

The students were able to talk with Scott Jones, Assemble To Order (ATO) Line Manager, on what an order looks like when it gets to his hands and how his staff pulls the parts and pieces from inventory to make the product. All of his staff have to be able to read the product plans and figure out how to put that product together. Many times, the ATO line will put a number of the same products together for a quicker turnaround, but there are times when a custom piece comes through and they have to make sure that is done with 100% accuracy as well.

From there, the students followed the process to the packaging area. Melissa LaBreck showed the group how she scans the product, which then gets programmed into the machine that will give her the correct dimensions for the packaging. 

Finally, the students were able to assemble and package their personal charging station project. Lastly, Aimee showed them how shipping works with all the variety of carriers that we use and the cost to ship a variety of items.

May 23 will be the final session and it will be an overview of what they learned, along with some mock interviews so they can practice their interviewing skills.

For more information on the Spectrum Explorers events please contact Jennifer Lindstrom: 715-738-2169 or

About the CCEP

Chippewa County businesses are opening their doors to youth and adults to share potential career opportunities in Chippewa County via the CCEP! The CCEP is a new program designed to assist Chippewa County young adults (ages 12-20) make a more informed decision about future careers and determine if a particular career is the right one for them. This program is a work-site based program that gives Chippewa County youths an opportunity to visit local businesses and explore the dynamics of various local careers. Career Exploring is new to Chippewa County and aims to help participants learn more about careers that can be pursued locally.

These Chippewa County businesses have made a commitment to Chippewa County’s youth and career development by hosting a Career Explorer Post at their business. Youth may choose which Explore Post they want to participate at- each post will provide insight into educational requirements, job outlook, and vocational skills necessary to pursue careers in that particular field.

CCEDC encourages all Chippewa County young adults ages 12-20 to participate in an open house opportunity and ultimately choose an Explorer Post in Chippewa County to participate in. For more information about the CCEP contact Alyssa Kellagher, Exploring Executive at or (715) 514-8418.