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Well it isn’t Superman, but it is Art and it is Storage, and you can win it for your institution!!!

Seriously folks,Winning is very simple.

You can win a great, custom designed museum storage cabinet with just a click of a shutter. Go online at the site below and register for the CEC photography contest. ANYONE can enter. If you don’t have a camera, or the time, let your colleagues and friends know so they can enter.

Two great ways to win! The person who takes the winning picture receives an iPad Mini and their chosen institution gets this amazing Cabinet/Art.


Artist Gadi Zamir creating our unique museum storage cabinet going to the institution of your choice!


Click on the link below to go to the website and register.

Pass it on – Share It- It’s so easy to win!

Photo Contest Registration site

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Win a Custom Designed Museum Storage Cabinet for Your Institution!

The Collection & Exhibition Collaborative is Sponsoring a Photo Contest!!!

You can win a custom designed museum storage cabinet for your museum or institution as well as an iPad mini for yourself. This is actually the second part of our contest. Gadi Zamir, founder of the Negative Space Gallery in Cleveland, OH ( submitted the winning design for our custom cabinet. We will keep you up tp date on his progress as the cabinet design comes to life.

We had a number of entries and Gadi’s design  came in just ahead of a design by another Ohio artist, Michael Greenwald. (

Our judges, led by Karen Sandstrom ( and Earl Pike, Project Curator, had a difficult choice to make, but you will love the design and the cabinet will be a great addition to any institution.

All the contest details are here.


Don’t wait, grab your camera and start looking for that perfect shot!


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Scratch and Dent Sale!!!



If you’re looking for a good deal on a one of a kind prototype or a cabinet with a few minor dents, give me a call. I might just have a great deal for you and your collection.

All of These Cabinets are a Great Deal



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American Products = American Jobs

“Over a Century of American Craftmanship”

The first thing you see on the Tiffin Metal Products web site is that we are proud to be providing American made cabinets. We use American made materials and every cabinet is constructed of 100% U.S. steel.

Shipping jobs overseas started as a trickle and is now a flood. This practice has succeeded in lowering costs and therefore increasing the profits for many major companies, but what has the cost of these policies been? The American workers were promised that shipping jobs overseas would eventually benefit us all, but for more than 30 years the debate has raged on and the flow of jobs to foreign countries continues without helping our own employment problems.

At Tiffin we search hard to find American made materials and products for our manufacturing processes. Many of our materials are sourced locally in Tiffin and Ohio. We are proud to provide jobs to Americans.

Take a look at this video to see how shipping jobs overseas really affects our job market and economy.


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Win a custom designed Museum Storage Cabinet.

How would you like to win a custom designed Museum Storage Cabinet for your museum or institution?

The Collections and Exhibitions Collaborative just might make it happen. The CEC is sponsoring a photography contest with a Grand Prize of a custom designed Museum Storage Cabinet from Tiffin Metal Products. This is actually two contests because there is also a design contest to see who will paint the cabinet and win $1000.00.  The design contest is limited to Ohio artists (so please pass this along to any you may know), but the photography contest is open to all.

The theme of the contest is “Discovering the New – Transforming the Old – Adapting the Present – Cultivating the Future,” and your photo must adhere to this theme.


  • Photo must be taken between November 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014
  • Registration for the contest must be completed no later than January 31, 2014 – Online submissions for contest only.
  • Must sign photo release form to register. Download release at
  • Pictures may be color or black and white. They can be scanned & manipulated
  • Submissions must be in digital format – 5 megabyte or smaller – .jpeg format -3200 pixels wide or 3200 pixels tall – 300 DPI
  • Photos must not constitute copyright infridgement or fraud.
  • Final should be an 8×10 matted print.
  • CEC reserves the right to be able to use the photo submitted for any marketing or promotional use.

Depending on the number of submissions, there may need to be a pre-qualification round of judging prior to the final judging. The final judging will take place at an evening event in Seattle on May 20th.

Please go to for further details.

We are very excited about this contest and it’s a great opportunity to win a great cabinet for your institution.


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I’ve Been Lucky!

I’ve been selling museum storage cabinets for more than twenty years and this is more than a job to me. Museum storage is my passion! I’ve always considered myself lucky to have found this industry, and I am so thankful that I am able to make my living doing something I love.

One of the many benefits of my job are the friendships I have made along the way. I cherish these relationships with clients and with other suppliers, and now I’m collaborating with three of these friends that share my passion for museums.

Scott Pittman – Bonsai Fine Arts – Fine Art Services

Joe Turpin – Joemover – Shipping and Transportation

Ben Gage – Fine Art Specialists – Rigging and Packing

The four of us have come together to bring you a resource we call CEC- Collections & Exhibits Collaborative. We want to give back to the museum community, and we want to do this by providing beneficial programs and resources.

So…talk to us. Tell us what you need and how we can help you?

Some of the things we are considering for 2014 are:

* Providing webinars and case studies

* Providing educational information on museum and exhibition topics

* Hosting a party in Seattle in May

* Supporting suggested organizations

* Developing a directory of suppliers

Please let us know if you like these suggestions or if you have other ideas. We want to give back to the museum community and we are looking for the best ways to help.




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Telling the 9/11 Story

Unless you were born after the mid-nineties, you remember where you were on September 11, 2001. We all know what happened that day and watched on television, in horror as the worst of these events actually unfolded. In the last twelve years I have heard many people tell their story of that day, where they were and how they felt, as well as their individual connections to the tragic events. I landed in Washington, DC just minutes after the plane hit the first tower. I was at Reagan National Airport, not far from the Pentagon when it was hit. My day was spent trying to process these tragic events while I tried to find a way to get out of Washington and back home to my family in Ohio.

I’ve seen museum exhibitions that try to tell the story. Some of these exhibitions have been able to convey the horror as well as the lessons learned from the attack. I am always drawn to what we learned and how these stories are told. We saw the ability of humans to do evil and learned of the abilities of humans to do good. Steve Rosenbaum, on the TED blog talks of the need to preserve the lessons and the artifacts in a “museum, not a mausoleum.”

In the video below, Steve talks about the process of creating the National September 11 Memorial Museum. He not only talks about the artifacts but he talks about what we learned, and how the story can be told.


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What do we make?

Did you know that Tiffin Metal has more to offer than just great museum storage cabinets? Well we do…

When we started making museum storage cabinets, we had already been making quality products for over 40 years.

  •  Storage lockers for universities, museums, libraries and amusements parks .
  •  Locker storage for botanical gardens maintenance department,
  •  Lockers for museum and university security departments.
  •  Custom cabinets that would certainly fit into any museum storage collection.

I’m sure we offer just about any type of cabinet or locker you need, and If we don’t… we will design and custom manufacture one.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or needs you may have.

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How Do You Determine What’s Cool and Engaging

How do you get your museum visitors to see you as cool and engaging. If I knew that answer, and could bottle it, I would be a wealthy woman. There are many in the museum community looking for the key to providing visitors that special exhibition that would catch  their interest and keep them thinking and talking about the exhibit for more than just a few minutes.

The Queensland Museum and Sciencentre in Brisbane, Australia may have found the answer. They are using “Curators of Cool.”


Take a look at this article by Ben Hamley to learn what the QMX is doing to curate cool.

Curators of Cool, by Ben Hamley


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“Hotel Texas” opens at the Dallas Museum of Art

It has been nearly fifty years since that day in Dallas.

If you were born in the late fifties or earlier, you probably remember where you were on November 22, 1963 when you first heard that President Kennedy was shot and killed.

Few people were affected more by the shooting that day than Mark Connally. Mark’s father was John Connally, the Governor of Texas who was seriously wounded by the same shooter that day. Mark’s company, Citi Private Bank is the presenting sponsor of the Hotel Texas exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art.

This exhibition is dedicated to the art, pulled together for the Presidents suite in Fort Worth where he and Mrs. Kennedy stayed the night before heading to Dallas.

Read more about Hotel Texas at the DMA running through September 15th.


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