ABOUT US 3
WHAT WE DO 5 - 6
OUR LOCATIONS 7 - 9
SERVICES 10 - 11
ENVIRONMENT AND CERTIFICATIONS 13 - 14
MEET YOUR TEAM 15
CULTURE/VALUE/CLIENTS 16 - 18
INSPIRATIONS 19 - 29
CONTACT INFO 30
Unlock your brand.
Nimlok Chicago makes brands more impactful by bringing them to life.
Who We Are
Nimlok Chicago is one part creative agency, one part cutting-edge
manufacturer. That combination enables us to unlock the full potential
of brands — by both designing and building exhibits and environments
for trade show programs, special events, and branded office build outs.
Why We Do What We Do
The best brands know no bounds. They’re experienced using all your
senses. Despite the wonders of technology, there’s still no better way to
make an impression than by getting face-to-face with your customers
and stakeholders. The energy. The conversation. The handshakes. (The
hugs.) Ultimately, we’re about bringing people together to do business,
and we love providing the backdrop for that —the perfect setting to
support your goals.
“Nimlok Chicago helped us have a strong North American
debut. They delivered within budget and on time, and we
had a great show.”
- ALEXEY ALIMOV, Marketing Coordinator at Systemair
Since our humble beginnings in 1970, Nimlok has remained committed to producing innovative,
high-quality exhibits and displays
Founded in 1970 by
in London, Neil Nimmo.
Nimlok expanded to the USA
and then Canada.
In 1992 Tim Perutz joined the
company as Managing Director of
Nimlok ltd in the UK. By 2000, the
USA Nimlok dealer network grew
to be over 120 dealers.
In 2014, Orbus Exhibit & Display
Group moved all Illinois operations
into one state-of-the-art building
in Woodridge, IL, where the
company continues to grow.
Nimlok merged with Orbus
Exhibit & Display Group in
2010, forming one of the
largest exhibit and display
companies in the USA.
WHAT WE DO
Unrestricted. Unleashed. Unlimited possibilities.
We start by asking lots of questions, listening, and
brainstorming … suggesting things you didn’t even
know were possible. (One client says we have crazy
ideas that make such good sense. Yep, that’s us!)
It’s time for those ideas to take shape. We hone the
design of your space with you, fine tuning to meet
your needs. It takes some back and forth. That’s fine.
We’re flexible. Your success is our top priority.
Our craftspeople get to work building and curating
the many elements that, together, transform your
brand into an experience — furniture, signage,
lighting, one-of-a-kind artistic renderings, and more.
The result: a 3-D reflection of your brand unlike any
you’ve ever seen.
Once on site, we manage all the details for you —
troubleshooting and overseeing everything from
freight and labor to logistics. We spare you the
stress, freeing you to do business against a backdrop
that fully supports your goals.
“Nimlok Chicago does a very good job of needs assessment.
They always take the time to learn about our products and our
business line and how the space will be used.”
LISA CHRISTY, Marketing Communications Manager, A.L.P. Lighting Components, Inc.
Regardless of the time zone, we work around the clock to provide
the best service possible.
If your company needs to exhibit at trade shows internationally, it only makes sense to align yourself with an
exhibit manufacturer that simplifies that effort and avoids the chaos of multiple vendors.
With presence and partners on the six major continents, we can be your single point of contact for trade shows and marketing worldwide. Our network of over
200 global partners includes manufacturing hubs in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Additionally, we have manufacturing partners in Asia and
Australia as well as labor partners, show service providers, freight forwarders, customs brokers all over the globe. Regardless of the time zone, we work around the
clock to provide:
EXHIBIT & GRAPHIC DESIGN
COORDINATION OF ALL SHOW SERVICES
MANAGEMENT OF SHIPPING LOGISTICS & CUSTOMS CLEARANCE
EXHIBIT SET-UP & TAKE-DOWN
CREATIVE MARKETING, INCLUDING GIVEAWAYS & LITERATURE
“It was clear Nimlok knew the international market. They worked
with us to get a better understanding of what we needed, and
then they came back with several recommendations. I would
definitely recommend Nimlok.”
DAIGA KIRSTEIN, International Marketing Manager, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
UNDER ONE ROOF
in the suburbs of Chicago, IL by our highly
skilled Welding, Thermoforming, Graphics
and Carpentry Departments.
union labor teams who are trained yearly
with Nimlok components.
from exhibit and graphic design to printing
to sewing and CNC finishing.
and full coordination of your tradeshow
schedule, including exhibit management,
show services, and coordination of logistics.
Nimlok Chicago will design, fabricate, build, install, and manage every detail of
your exhibit or branded environment, whether temporary or permanent.
Established as a cooperative in 1993, by an elite group of national exhibit houses, Sho-Link is a nationwide high
quality I&D supplier with competent and experienced labor providing consistent service and know-how. Our focus is
on managing the unexpected as a true partner in the many diversified fields of installation and dismantle that include
tradeshows, museums, corporate environments, private events and retail installations.
People who make your setup extraordinary.
Your partner on the show floor
At Nimlok Chicago, we work to avoid that by insisting on a collaborative team concept. Our integrated teams incorporate all of the
various expert skill sets that impact a project, from strategic planning and design to fabrication and logistics.
of entire tradeshow program includes
shipping, I&D, and show services
cover domestic and international needs for
fabrication, transportation, and onsite labor .
by one dedicated team who is
available to you 24/7.
with a team with over 100 years of
ANALYSIS OF YOUR GOALS
with our cohesive team of Designers,
Production Gurus, and Marketing Specialists.
produced with in 1-2 weeks of initial meeting to
ensure our clients are provided with a face-to-
face marketing environment that fits their needs
From wood to fabrics, steel to alloys, plastics to glass, building custom and custom modular displays out of all types of materials is something that brings out our best at
Nimlok Chicago. This ensures that the translation of our ideas into production remains true to their original specifications.
ENVIRONMENT AND QUALITY
At Nimlok Chicago, our commitment to environmentally-conscious practices is unwavering. It is at the forefront of our
processes, materials and procedures. It’s also part of our culture:
Producing sound and recyclable
display and exhibit solutions
Reduction in waste via comprehensive recycling
programs and the use of recyclable materials in
every display we build
Partnering with eco-conscious vendors and
Designing custom modular displays that
can be reconfigured instead of scrapped
Reduction in use of harmful compounds by
investing in eco-alternative production processes
We are committed to performing at the highest standards.
We achieved the ISO 9001 certification for our exhibit systems and exceeded expectations when we became
the first exhibit company in the United States to earn the ISO 14001 several years later.
We also value the importance of protecting your brand with our G7 certification for color standards.
MEET YOUR TEAM
No matter the dream, design, deadline or budget, we’ll get it done. In fact, we embrace complex projects. Clients often come to us
after others have said “Impossible!” That positive, can-do attitude is the core of our company. It’s who we are.
Joe brings a fresh outlook and a
strong belief in the effectiveness of
face-to-face marketing to his work
at Nimlok Chicago. In years that
Joe has been in tradeshow industry,
he has expanded his product and
industry knowledge to provide high
quality service and solutions.
Jose’s creativity sprouts from his
time at the Milwaukee Institute of
Art & Design and his experience in
retail design. His specialties include
innovative tradeshow exhibits,
interactive retail environments, and
custom retail fixtures.
Britt oversees daily projects and
scheduling, and works with our
Production Team to ensure that our
customers have successful events.
Steve is a veteran to the trade show
industry. His leadership, attitude and hard
work reflect in every client’s success story.
His motto: Supervision isn’t complete until
the show is over.
Andy came to Nimlok Chicago
with twenty years of experience in
trade show and events industry. He
has previously held senior project
management positions at Nimlok
Corporate in Chicago. As our Project
Manager, Andy is responsible for
making sure all projects are completed
on-budget and are produced with the
You can feel good about working with a company that lives its commitment to the
community through charitable involvement
We have contributed to charities like A Just Harvest, Greater Food Depository, Kick Off for Kids, A
Safe Haven, Feed the Starving Children, and DuPage Pads. We offer internships and work placements
for local high school and college students whenever possible.
Our mission is to unlock the power of brands — to liberate them from the confines of “how it’s always been done” by creating
exciting, breakthrough exhibits and environments that invite engagement and leave lasting impressions.
We Love to Dance in the Rain.
In other words … we’re happiest when facing a challenge. Part of it’s that we’re
glass-is-half-full people. We know there’s always a way. And we want to create
the most exciting route to get there.
We Follow Sandbox Rules.
We still abide by the fundamental life lessons imparted on us by parents, coaches
and teachers alike: “If you’re going to do a job, do it right.” “Always tell the truth.”
“Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Integrity is integral to all we do.
We’re Relentless About Service.
Far more than just a design-and-build contractor, we establish deep partnerships
and will absolutely break through walls on our clients’ behalf. The quality of our
service is unmatched
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.
Everyone says it, but we live it. We’re serious about creating a fun, engaging and
rewarding environment where our committed and talented team can do their best
We Share and Care.
We see ourselves as part of things much bigger than ourselves and our day-to-
day. We support charitable causes by donating our time and talent, and are ever
conscious of our ecological and social impact.
At Nimlok, our clients are at the heart of our business strategy. Our focus on their needs and expectations has given us a strong
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