There’s no greater ego boost than seeing your work make the cover of a prominent trade publication. The September 2013 issue of VMSD magazine (Visual Merchandising & Store Design) features a fabulous animated candy chandelier, among many other fixtures that we fabricated for Kid’s Cavern – an over-the-top children’s department store at New Yaohan in Macau.
Who needs vegetables?
It’s nice to know how clients really feel about you. We were recently forwarded on an e-mail our client had sent to someone else:
“I like how easy it is to work with Dillon Works. One email with all info – so rare.”
In keeping with our popular tradition of themed lunches, Dillon Workers were recently treated to the “School Cafeteria” lunch that must of us remember fondly (or not). As you might expect, the menu consisted of hot dogs, square pizza, chocolate milk served in the carton, mac & cheese, tater tots, a mysterious Jell-O concoction and brownies. To complete the scene, lunch was served on compartmentalized lunch trays just like the real thing, only compostable.
Following a primordial instinct to form social groups, the “cool” kids gathered at the center table, while the rest of us were relegated to the sidelines, despite Lunchroom Monitor/CFO, Mizz Rogelstad’s admonishments to not form cliques.
At the beginning of hour, conversation revolved around fond memories of youthful innocence. However, as the meal progressed a number of the staff simultaneously regressed to elementary school behavior, and all the undesirable traits associated with it. Before long, rubber bands, paper airplanes and the occasional tater tot were sailing back and forth across the lunchroom. Since the skirmish was rumored to have been started by Mr. Dillon himself, the lunchroom ladies’ reprimands went largely ignored.
In the end, order was restored with threats of having dessert cancelled, at which time we all came to our senses and quietly ate our brownies.
Here’s a deep dark secret we’d like to illuminate for you: Dillon Works make light fixtures! Yes, yes…we know…SHOCKER! While most people know us for our amazing immersive environments, or our iconic giant sculptural projects, making custom, high-end light fixtures has been kept in the…ahem…dark, for many years. So we’re highlighting this one facet of our diverse capability for you.
Who knew that we made dozens of giant planet light fixtures for a theme park in Hong Kong? Or 12-foot tall pendants for a casino in Pennsylvania? Gigantic drum light fixtures for a casino in Arizona? Or sculptural chandeliers for a national department store? Heck, we’ve even created a piece of art in a hotel lobby that’s part sculpture, part mural, and part lighting magic!
We’re here to enlighten you.
While anyone who works in an office can attest to the popularity of workplace treats, whether it be leftover holiday goodies or birthday cake, it has been suggested that the Dillon Works’ food culture takes this sentiment to another level.
For example, today’s over-indulgence was our annual “Fat Tuesday” breakfast, hosted by our resident empty-nester/production accountant, Marie Nowlin. On the menu – biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, scrambled cheesy eggs and hash browns. Also included were a fresh fruit salad and oatmeal for the health conscious, none of whom showed up today based on the fact that the oatmeal went untouched.
Even more notable than the food is the homey atmosphere created when all employees, production workers, admins, project managers, directors and the president sit down and “break bread” together.
Apart from Fat Tuesday, we also do fish fries, holiday pot lucks, birthdays and any other notable occasions that arise during the course of the year. And if there are no special occasions, we’ll do it just for the heck of it !