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5360 Legacy Drive Bldg. 1 Ste. 300
About Rovia: Rovia is an award-winning online travel company with offices in South Carolina and Texas. With almost 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Rovia is quickly becoming the largest provider of curated group travel experiences in the world. T... more.
Glen Kadelbach, GR Kreations ShopBot & Vectric help Glen Kadelbach save the U.S. space program Well, not exactly, but they sure helped him make a really cool sign for NASA. 01/08/09 Veteran ShopBotter Glen Kadelbach, President of G.R. Kreations , Inc. (parent company of Innovative Foam ), received his copy of Vectric's Aspire on November 1st. On November 7th, the U.S. Department of Defense called Glen and told him they needed a sign for the Stennis Space Center - NASA's rocket propulsion testing grounds - in southern Mississippi. The only catch? They needed it in 10 days. [Side note from ShopBot: Glen, do you regularly receive phone calls from NASA?] Glen had already been studying the Aspire videos and was certain he could complete the project. So, armed with a government-provided jpeg, he began to draw the DOD emblem. Glen cut the Eagle and olive branches on his PRSalpha, and the rest of the sign was made on his hotwire machine.
Innovative Foam, Precision Foam cutting, Foam Signs, Foam Packaging, Architectural Moldings
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Glen Kadelbach, owner of Innovative Foam, ( as well as a number of other affiliated businesses) believes that sometimes you HAVE to act on instincts, and hunches, and then take a chance by trying to make these ideas into something tangible.
This was our second Camp at Glen's shop, and he again showed us some of the ways he has incorporated this concept into building a successful business ( or two, or three...). Glen's work is almost exclusively in foam, LARGE foam pieces. And he has found ways to make his work SO interesting that he consistently gets great projects to work on. Last year he was showing us some of his techniques for building large pieces, and then coating them for exterior applications. Some of you may have seen Glen's work on the Shopbot web page, including pieces for the Department of defense, Macy's, etc. This year he showed how a business can be built by developing a reputation as being "the guy who CAN get the job done, regardless of size...". When we walked into his shop he was starting to put the final touches on a "forest of foam" which will be part of a large ( NYC) Christmas display. The fact that Glen is in Central Minnesota, and getting this kind of work further points out the reputation, and success he has been developing. In addition to the "forest" there were various, huge projects all over the shop including a foam bridge, white board writing pads, and very large sets of numbers for other shops to work with. He even had to move a couple of 250 pound blocks of foam out of the shop so we would have room to place our chairs etc., inside. Glen works with a Shopbot ( that has a very deep Z axis) and a CNC hot wire foam cutting machine, and there probably isn't a shape he can't generate in one way or the other between his arsenal of tools, and his ingenuity. In addition to his booming businesses, including one which exclusively builds props for photographers, he also finds the time to run an 80 acre organic farm as well, so he has some equipment around the shop which is waaaay beyond the scope of the average 'Botter. Thanks again to Glen, and his family for having us around for the weekend !
Glen Kadelbach, owner of Innovative Foam, ( as well as a number of other affiliated businesses) believes that sometimes you HAVE to act on instincts, and hunches, and then take a chance by trying to make these ...
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"We've owned a ShopBot CNC router since 2007, and with the economy the way it is right now, I still believe it was the best investment we've ever made," remarks Glen Kadelbach, owner of G.R. Kreations ( www.grkreations.com) in Hutchinson, Minnesota...