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    Fort Stanwix

    National Monument New York

Construction of the Willett Center Exhibits Begins

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Date: August 10, 2004
Contact: Michael Kusch, 315-336-4448

A fabrication contract has been awarded for building the exhibits for the Marinus Willett Center at Fort Stanwix National Monument. Color-Ad Inc. of Manassas, Virginia will construct the exhibits at their shop in Manassas, Virginia and then ship them to Rome for installation. Established in 1962, Color-Ad began as a small two person sign shop creating all types of hand lettered signs. Over the years the company grew and expanded its in-house capabilities, including, but not limited to, electrical signs in the 1970's, exhibits in the 1980's, digital printing in the 1990's and 3-dimensional topographical maps at the turn of the century.


"We are very happy to have such a high quality firm fabricating on our exhibits," said Mike Kusch, Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management. "They have a great reputation of constructing high quality products for the National Park Service, as well as for other museums, parks and educational centers."


Color-Ad has extensive working experience with the National Park Service since 1980, building over 50 large jobs and hundreds of small to medium sized projects. Their most recently completed project are the visitor center exhibits at Manzanar National Historic Site, a former World War II Japanese internment camp located in California. Other National Park Service projects they currently have in production include graphics for the Lincoln Memorial, barriers for Appomattox Court House and new exhibits for Fort McHenry. Other projects they completed are Acadia National Park's Ilesford Museum and visitor center exhibits for Everglades, Craters of the Moon, Zion, and New River Gorge. Color-Ad also fabricated the America's Public Lands exhibit at the Salt Lake Winter Olympics.

Did You Know?

painting, a horse lead by its driver, pulling a canal boat full of people on a blue river

Construction of the Erie Canal began near Rome, NY after the first ceremonial shovel full of earth was turned on July 4, 1817. This canal, located only a few miles away from the ruins of Fort Stanwix, would soon overtake the Oneida Carry as New York's prinicple waterway. More...