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T he world is becoming more and more digital — and the Crowley Company of fers a range of commercial products and services to help make the digitization of still media possible. The Crowley Company is home to four business divisions: manufacturing, distribution, services and suppor t.

The Crowley Company WESTVIEW BUSINESS PARK 5111 Pegasus Court, Suites L-R Frederick, MD 21704 240.215.0224

They are the only firm in the digital imaging industry that engineers scanners and software, sells them, uses them in their digitization services division and also provides technical support for the scanners they produce and represent. Still media includes microfiche, microfilm, aperture cards, documents, books, maps, engineering drawings, photographs/negatives and other graphic arts. According to Cheri Baker, director of communications, the company handles a variety of digitization brands. “Worldwide, we distribute our own manufactured scanners — Crowley, Mekel Technology and Wicks and Wilson brands — and those of highly respected partners in the imaging industry including Avision, IMAGELINK, InoTec, Qidenus and Zeutschel among others. We also use these scanners in our services division to digitize, record and archive collections from libraries, universities, museums, corporations, government entities and others.” This work has led to a spectrum of global clients, including well-respected institutions such as the Library of

Congress, the U.S. National Archives, the Smithsonian, the United States Holocaust Museum and many others. “Our support services division rounds out the full lifecycle of digitization, encompassing the technical support of the equipment we represent as well as custom software engineering and hardware manufacturing solutions for digital imaging,” Baker said. Crowley has locations around the world, including Maryland, California and the U.K. The St. John Properties location in Frederick, MD, gives Crowley easy access to clients in Washington, D.C. This access, combined with transportation options for staff, a spacious environment and affordable rent, made the property an obvious best option. operations, which can be detailed work often performed in subdued lighting, the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor ameni- ties — eating outdoors and proximity to restaurants, professional services and shopping — is enormously beneficial,” Baker said. “Particularly for our team members involved in the day-to-day scanning

St. John Properties makes a strong impression with the high standard of upkeep at the facility. “The diverse space at Westview Business Park is a good match with the diversity of our business,” Baker said. “The site functions as Crowley’s corporate headquarters and hosts a mix of corporate offices, open floor space for scanning, training and support services, warehouse space for inventory and shipping, and additional space for storage. While much of the Crowley workforce that reports to Westview is local to Frederick, staff travels from Gettysburg, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., underscoring its central location.” Working with St. John Properties’ in-house designer allowed Crowley to make adjustments to their floor plan. “Crowley is the typical flex user in that we have a mix of office and warehouse needs; St. John Properties was able to configure our spaces in ways that perfectly matched our needs. Over time we have also made renovations to our facilities, and the St. John team has been able to help plan and manage these in such a way that it was not disruptive to business and eliminated downtime.”



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