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Looking for acrylic box source - not Superior

Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by KaraK, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. KaraK

    KaraK CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    I’m looking for a source for acrylic boxes other than Superior. I placed an order six weeks ago. It appears that it has not been made yet and last night I received an email from Lois saying she has left the company. Any other companies you would recommend? Thanks!
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  2. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I always used a local plastic fab shop in my area for many many years. There should be several in your Atlanta area.
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  3. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Like Jerome, I have always used a local acrylic fabricator. There must be several good ones in your market, but be selective. In my experience, many of them build display cases for retail stores, and are not accustomed to our need for accurate dimensions and perfect edges. Be sure to thoroughly specify what you want, and emphasize your need for good workmanship.
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  4. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Per (maybe the same?) email:

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  5. MarkPDX

    MarkPDX Grumbler

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  6. JWB9999999

    JWB9999999 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I use "the other" Superior, run by Lois' son in Colorado. Always good work.
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  7. KaraK

    KaraK CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    I am about to switch to them. I gave Bob in CA another chance - he told me the box was finished and would ship it. Because I have waited so long for it, and since it was the quickest box I could get now (how ironic) I told him to ship it.

    I have been trying to get a tracking number since Friday - no response to emails and the phone voicemail is full. What a pathetic way to run a business.
  8. Kate Burroughs

    Kate Burroughs Grumbler in Training

    I also recommend. They do a great job.
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  9. monkframe

    monkframe Grumbler

    I've used Gemini Mldg. in IL a couple of times for both acrylic and cabinetry and been pleased w/the work.
  10. AaronF

    AaronF CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Can't stress the emphasis enough. I found a local acrylic fabricator in my area and wasn't specific enough with my instruction. Ended up costing me a very good client and a few hundred dollars. Make sure your client knows that projects like this take more time than most and be prepared to make multiple trips to the fabricator to ensure the quality is on par at an early stage rather than a later stage.

    Hope you can learn from my and the rest of the Grumbles experience! =)
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  11. andj

    andj CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Were you able to find a good source in the Atlanta area? I'm in Savannah and have been looking for a local source. So far, I've found a place called Custom Plastics in Atlanta that makes acrylic boxes but I haven't seen their work so I don't know about the quality. I would love to hear what you ended up going with. Thanks!
  12. Frances M.

    Frances M. CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    I once had the name of a fabricator near Atlanta that did work for our local museum, but I lost the info. Would be interested as well.
  13. Dave

    Dave SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Be careful though. They just upped their minimum charge and the price of a small baseball box doubled because of it.
  14. tyleerb

    tyleerb Grumbler in Training

    I second SmallCorp. I do a lot of business with them (about 30 boxes every 2 months). Great work but they do take a while (6-8 weeks) to deliver.

    Anyone want to educate me on the 'other' superior?
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