Business owner has been building museum quality cases (acrylic coverings that are placed over bases) and box frames (that are placed over wall mounted art) for 45 years. Among the other things we make are art mounts, art conservation accessories, signage, literature holders, display fixtures and anything that can be cut, routed, bent or formed out of acrylic sheet.
Besides museums, SFMOMA, Exploratorium, Randall Museum,Walt Disney Family Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (DeYoung and Palace of the Legion Of Honor), Cantor Art Center and Anderson Museum of Stanford, among others; and galleries, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, Berggruen, Hosfelt, CCA Wattis, Center for Contemporary Photography, Evergold Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery among others, we supply the City of San Francisco, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, San Francisco Public Library, VA Hospital, Community Hospital of the Monterrey Peninsula and others. Not to mention a long list of artists. We also wholesale to a number of picture framers in the San Francisco Bay Area who offer acrylic boxes and anyone in the community wishing our services.
We have been operating out of a 2700 square foot warehouse space near Islais Creek. I have a rough layout concept that would enable the business to operate out of 2000 square feet. If you are already a manufacturer you can save space by doubling up on your existing tools however we do not recommend using wood bits and blades on plastic.
Our lease expires at the end of May. The landlord is expected to renovate the building and will not be renewing at the current rate.
Buyer to pickup equipment at present location.
For sale are all of the tools which will enable the buyer to continue the manufacture and sale of these vitrines, frames and acrylic accessories.
Also list of clients and contacts for the continuance of such sales including introduction of buyer or representative of buyer as new agent.
Essential tools: Panel saw with pneumatic hold down to cut to size sheets at prescribed dimensions according to job (three phase motor). Cross Cut Length =102".
Table saw to aid in cross cutting and ripping strips (220V).
Table router equipped at one end with architectural straight edge to replace saw cut edge with a smooth weldable surface and a trimmer router at the other end to trim off excess material leftover in our chemical welding process(both 110V).
Rail router: Carriage mounted router is pushed along a steel straight edge to trim off saw cut and leave behind a smooth surface upon which to weld sides.Sheet capacity=128" x 1" thick
4' x 6' steel table top near perfectly flat upon which to setup welding angles. Attached to heavy duty table on wheels.
4' x 10' table top for longer projects.
Right angle jigs to hold sheets in place and silicone sponge strips to cushion edges while solvent is injected to form welds almost as strong as the acrylic sheet.
2-8' long "gluing boards" for welding face glasses flush to sides of frames mounted in self standing armatures.
Cotton covered framing table set up in front of gluing boards to protect surfaces when resting frames between gluing processes.
Two drill presses. One set up exclusively for drilling holes equidistant from edges. Two nail guns used for making wooden strainers. Strainer table on which to assemble strainers. Band saw. Chop saw. Lion cutter. Ladders. Hand tools.
Racks for storing sheets. Multiple heating strips of various widths and lengths for bending acrylic.
Torches for hydrogen/oxygen flame polishing.
3/4HP Baldor wheel polisher.
Bonus Tool: An early prototype CNC router with a 4' x 4' bed which has been used for years for cutting, engraving, lettering, prototype making and small part manufacturing. It has been used for signs, art mounts, furniture and whatever you can think of. 3 axis run off of printer cards plugged into Windows95 Dell Optiplex desk top. Older software still performing well. Easy to program.
The usual office equipment: desk, phones, router, combo printer, bookcase, file cabinets.
Over the years we have ranged from 5 to two employees depending upon where we would target our energy. This is a growing market and we have encountered some but not much competition. Our quality is high and we have always refused to let a customer leave without being fully satisfied.
Over the years we have made a profit with less and less advertising. All by word of mouth from satisfies customers who refer others to us.
Some say we are the only game in town.
It is time to take this to the next level.
Use your best marketing skills to increase the business with calls to shops and museums that have not yet been reached.
We have great resources for other outside services you can provide to your customers such as machining and printing.
I get a ton of satisfaction going to museums and galleries where our work is being used to display works of art.
I am willing to be employed for a limited term to instruct buyer on how to recreate our product.
Love to hear from a conscientious buyer who will carry our banner.