Located in British Columbia, “The Bandit” is our new Global Featured Business.
Contact Name: Garry and Janice Elliott
Established: Feb 2015
Location: Keremeos, British Columbia, Canad
Number of staff: 2-3
Tell us a little about The Bandit and the team?
The Bandit operates out of “The Hideout” with The Outlaw (our graphics guy).
How did you get into the engraving (or laser engraving) business and what do you enjoy most about it?
We originally had a CNC machine mainly for signage, but after meeting team Trotec in Langley BC and learning about the Trotec Speedy 300 we decided to expand. Speedy has enabled us to capture sales in the local wine industry and has broadened our creative scope for corporate and custom work, which keeps every day new and interesting. We do believe it’s possible to go global.
What do you do in your down time away from the business?
There are 280 wineries within a 2 hour radius of The Hideout so our downtime is visiting the wineries for tastings and pairings, and of course selling our lasered wine glasses, wood box’s and coasters.
What type of machines do you have and what industries do you service?
Both of our machines are North American made. The first is a Probotics Meteor with a 25″ x 50″ table, which can CNC a variety of materials and sizes. The second is a Trotec Speedy 300 with an engraving bed of “29” x 29″ x 7″. We also purchased a rotary device for glassware and mugs.
What type of jobs / work do you do?
Some of the work we’ve done has included corporate and sports recognition, 4’x8′ road signs for private business and our local government, winery and tourism items such as wood wine box’s and glassware, key chains and coasters and we’re now working with a leather smith. Anodized aluminum for family pictures has been a favorite project and very gratifying as our clients cannot believe the amazing detail in their finished products. Some of the materials we’ve used include soapstone and semi precious stones, and slate, and we’ve just been contracted to do an ancient nautical compass for the foyer of a new Wine Bar.
What has been your favourite job and why?
We’ve enjoyed all of our clients and their stories. This business is about memories and connections, so weather it’s corporate recognition or a very personal piece, each project so far has been a favorite. However, since Garry did the travel mugs for our local coffee shop, no one calls him Garry anymore, it’s just “Hey Bandit”.
We’ve had orders from all over British Columbia and really feel that with all the help from Mel Jacinto, (Calgary), James Minchau and Travis and Trish (Langley) our business is off to a great start and can continue to grow.