Skyline Exhibit, Trade Show Exhibits Designer, Named Finalist For Outstanding Innovator Award

Leading Trade Show Exhibit Designer is Second-Time Finalist for Prestigious OCI Award for Its Proven New Product Development Process for Innovative Trade Show Displays and Products.

Online PR News – 27-August-2012 – ST. PAUL – The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) announced that Skyline Exhibits was once again selected as a finalist for their coveted Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award. Skyline was also a finalist in 2010.

For the past 24 years, the OCI Award selection process has identified companies that create and capture value through innovation in developing new products. Past OCI Award winners have proven themselves exceptionally capable of integrating strategy, people, process, and technology to consistently transfer their creative ideas into successful new products.

Since 1980 we have been developing new trade show exhibit products to help our clients exhibit more efficiently and with better results. In fact we recently were awarded our 100th product and design patent.

PDMA's OCI Award is different from other new product development awards by virtue of the rigor of the qualification and selection process. Basic requirements for receiving the award are: (1) Sustained success in launching new products over a five-year time frame, (2) Significant company growth from new product success, (3) Well defined new product development practices and processes that can be described to others, and (4) Distinctive innovative characteristics and intangibles.

Past OCI Award recipients include Apple, Bausch & Lomb, BMW, FedEx, Harley Davidson, Herman Miller, Hewlett-Packard and PepsiCo among others. Last year’s winners were Illumina, Inc. and UnitedHealth Group.

"Skyline has a history of innovation," says Steve Dunn, Segment Marketing Manager, Skyline Exhibits. "Since 1980, we have been developing new trade show exhibit products to help our clients exhibit more efficiently and with better results. In fact, we recently were awarded our 100th product and design patent.”

“We're very proud of this nomination,” added Julie Heck, Skyline's Director of Product Marketing. “Recognition from a preeminent organization like PDMA is quite an honor.” Skyline’s ongoing investment and effort in product development has definitely had an impact on the company. A significant percentage of its current sales are attributed to products that did not exist five years ago.

Winning companies will receive awards during the Product Innovation Management Annual Global Conference hosted by PDMA in Orlando, Florida in October.

About Skyline Exhibits: Skyline Exhibits is North America's leading brand of exhibit systems. Known for high-quality manufacturing, cost-saving portability, innovative functionality, creative design and exhibitor education, Skyline has nearly 100 Design Centers in North America and representation in nearly 40 countries. The company manufactures a broad range of products for trade shows and events – from banner stands and pop-up trade show displays to large custom modular exhibits. With over 20 integrated exhibit systems, state-of-the-art production of large-format graphics and options for trade show exhibit rental and services, Skyline provides exhibit solutions for virtually any size or budget.

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