The Custom Companies, INC.

Where Service Sets the Standard

WHAT WE DID

The Custom Companies, Inc. is a massive logistics operation based in Chicagoland and Los Angeles. They are a trusted provider of a wide range of services, and their motto is “getting it right the first time.” That’s just what we aimed to do too, with a full-scale re-design of their website and a stunning talking head-style video to complement it.

THE CHALLENGE

Deliver a website experience that is organized, visually-appealing, and highly functional for all stakeholders – shippers, carriers, as well as current and potential employees of the company.

THE SOLUTION

Fortress told The Custom Companies’ story with poise, and developed functionalities that let the users find answers to the questions that brought them to the site, seamlessly.

CHECK THE RESULTS

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before

The previous website was outdated and lacked organizational structure and optimal performance.

after

The new site features a compelling visual timeline, representing The Custom Companies’ journey from a small, midwestern two-truck operation to the powerhouse it is today. Overall, the layout and presentation of the site is uncluttered but lively, razor-sharp but inviting.

VIDEO PRODUCTION

Our video production team visited The Custom Companies’ Chicagoland headquarters to shoot a talking-head style interview with Perry Mandera, the founder of The Custom Companies, Inc. The video tells the story of the business from Perry’s perspective, serving as a compelling message of how to set a vision into motion.

For more on Fortress’ Emmy-nominated video production capabilities, click here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How Long Has Fortress Offered Web Development in Chicago?

Fortress has been in business for over twelve years and web development has been a staple service since day one. We are based in Chicago but work with clients from all over the map.

Does Fortress Build E-Commerce Websites?

Yes, Fortress has experience building e-commerce websites using Shopify, Printful, and other platforms.

Does Fortress Make Custom Websites or Use Pre-Set Templates?

Each web project we take on is custom; tailored to the specific needs of the client. We determine those steps in tandem via a kickoff meeting, followed by milestone checkpoints throughout the process.

Can you help with website migration or redesign of an existing website?

We have a team of professionals who specialize in website development and design. Whether you’re looking to migrate your website to a new platform or give it a fresh, modern look, we have the expertise and the tools to assist you. Our focus is on delivering a website that aligns with your brand identity, engages your visitors, and supports your overall marketing objectives.

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      SENIOR designer

      Full Job Description

      Fortress is a fast-growing digital marketing and branding agency headquartered in Chicago that has worked with clients ranging from global corporations like Nike, Jordan, All-State, Acura, athletes, and celebrities like Kevin Hart, Steph Curry, prestigious universities, startups, and everyone in between. We believe in putting family first, being team players, staying humble, and being obsessed with our clients’ success. We provide a unique and energetic culture that fosters creativity and camaraderie.

      We’re currently seeking a full-time Senior Designer to join the team and work out of our Chicago, IL office. The right person for this position sees the bigger picture while remaining passionate about the details.

      You’re knowledgeable and skilled in Web, Branding, large-scale marketing campaigns, and more. You’re a jack of all trades in creative software, but you also have a passion for design beyond the screen. You understand that great design is in the nuance—that subtle cultural references should be woven into the things you create and every project should be approached with the end-user at the center of it. You love working on a team with diverse perspectives and you’re willing to learn from as well as build up those around you. At the core, you’re a problem solver with a knack for making things look good.

      WHAT YOU’LL DO

      • Contribute to various projects in web, brand identity, and print across multiple industries
      • Collaborate and ideate with the design and marketing teams, while also giving and receiving feedback on designs
      • Create presentations and asset kits to be delivered to team members, clients, and partners
      • Present your creatives to clients with the ability to back up your ideas, while also being open to new ideas and critiques

      WHAT YOU’LL BRING

      • 3-5 years of experience working in design and digital marketing
      • A strong portfolio with a diverse array of work and a strong foundation in basic design principles (typography, layout, color, UX/UI)
      • Problem-solving and storytelling abilities
      • Multi-tasking and prioritization skills
      • Experience working in Adobe CC and Figma
      • 3D, Animation, Video Editing, and Photography is a plus
      • A collaborative mindset
      • A good sense of your own design and visual style
      • Attention to detail
      • A passion for growth and a never-ending curiosity

      Job Type: Full-time

      Benefits:

      • 401(k)
      • 401(k) matching
      • Dental insurance
      • Flexible schedule
      • Health insurance
      • Paid time off
      • Professional development assistance
      • Vision insurance

      Schedule:

      • 8-hour shift
      • Monday to Friday
      • Weekend availability

      Supplemental Pay:

      • Bonus pay
      • Commission pay

      Ability to commute/relocate:

      • Chicago, IL 60642: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

      Experience:

      • Graphic design: 6 years (Required)
      • Web design: 4 years (Required)

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