With a 100th anniversary approaching in 2020, leaders at Snap-on Incorporated decided it was time to update the company’s museum – to reflect more closely its commitment to quality and innovation, the link between the company’s legacy and the culture that sustains it today, and the global scale of its family of brands beyond Snap-on tools.
When the project’s designer, Kahler Slater Experience Design, needed a partner to fabricate and install 4,000-plus square feet of exhibits at Snap-on in just 21 weeks, the firm called Xibitz. Previous collaborations had proven that Xibitz would have the expertise in fabrication and the management skills to deliver the project on time.
Xibitz was responsible for detail design and fabrication of cases, pedestals, platforms, wall panel systems and graphics using glass, metals, wood, laminates and acrylics.
Snap-on Museum Experience earned an international Merit Award in exhibition design from the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD)
“Snap-on has a 95-year-old unique and powerful history, and we wanted to combine the narrative with the physical space that tells our associates, franchisees and community our story.”
—Genia Hesser, Curator of Exhibits
Headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Snap-on is a $3.3 billion S&P 500 company that sells products and services globally. Set in a 25,000-square-foot factory space reclaimed for training and events, its museum includes custom mobile toolboxes that can be reconfigured for varied audiences.]
X: on this project:
• Lead Firm, Kahler Slater
• Financial Management
• Project & Scheduling Management
• Contractor Coordination
• Facility Interface Coordination
• Lighting & Design Solutions
• Lighting & Electrical Integration
• Construction Drawings
• Graphic Production Files
• Production & Installation
• On-Site Training
• Maintenance Manuals
• Warranty Service