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Well, this is an interesting time, 

but one of many for Geochron!  Here are the big topics, and if you’re a fan – you can read the story below:

  1. In February, we moved further outside town, and away from high rents. 
  2. Geochron 4K is in my dining room.
  3. The new Geochron 4K Atlas

It has been too long since I wrote a newsletter to you!   If you are sequestered at home during these strange viral days, I will look forward to your note!  As you’ll read below, ½ the company is incredibly busy, even as the rest of my family bemoans the loss of their school year!  The half of Geochron is furloughed due to COVID. 

In Oregon, the stay-at-home directive all-but-disappears the further you get outside of Portland.  Most of Oregon is made up of wide socially-distant expanses anyway.  Yet, 1/3 of employees are not at work, even as our state unemployment system breaks down.  Sort of a quiet mess. 

Yet the dramatic changes in February at Geochron now seem prescient in light of the economic damage COVID would do to small business like ours around the globe.  We’ll be okay.

There are three of us that are busy shipping and supporting the new digital Atlas, and retrieving mechanical restorations to do in the near future.  We’re looking forward to bringing back the mechanical staff in the coming weeks.  Thank you for your continued interest and business.
 
Talk to you soon!
 
Patrick
Head Wrangler
800-342-1661

In February, we moved.


A year ago, I bought a small commercial building outside Portland in an old logging town.  Geochron could not afford movers, so we rented a giant U-Haul, and started loading.  And unloading.  Back and forth for two weeks. 

The building used to be an old bank, and they left most of furnishings and safes in place.  At the same time, our mechanical shop had to fit into a smaller space and needed to discard stuff to fit.  Now I know that recycling 6,000 pounds of steel in Portland, Oregon will earn you $180, if you deliver it. 

As news of the Coronavirus was breaking out, we finished setting up Geochron mechanical’s forever home.  The Geochron mechanical will not go the way of many beautiful machines overrun by the digital world… not on my watch!  We’ve got a number of restorations to work on, and can receive yours anytime.
The City of Estacada welcomed Geochron with financial assistance to remodel our new home on the main street in town, in the foothills of Mt. Hood.  

Assembling in my dining room.


We’re a small company that took what we had and made something new, but making 1,000’s of them is a different business altogether!  Worldwide upheaval has complicated global supply chains, but all the supplies – boxes, batteries, remotes, power supplies, computers, and the program itself – finally came together…

While we were moving the business.  So it all ended up at my house, turning the job of loading and packaging into a family affair while the world shut down.  

The New Geochron Atlas


We’re stepping up to a new hardware platform for our dynamic 4K map: the Geochron Atlas.  This is quad-core processor designed in the USA specifically for digital display, and this little tank is used commercially for fast food menus, and airport facial recognition cameras.   Featuring a newly rewritten menu, the Atlas’ performance is the best we’ve ever seen with Live Layer refresh rates that are 4x faster than previous hardware. 

After we get Geochron Atlas to you, our attention will turn to new Live Layers.  First on the list: a live COVID-19 layer.  This is what the Geochron Digital was designed to do… live weather, live satellites, and live anything that happens on a global scale. 

To the many users with excellent suggestions about what should be added, I keep a list.   We’ll start knocking them down as time and finances allow. 
Since movers were too expensive, everyone helped load and unload the huge Uhaul many times.  Mechanical clocks were safely moved in our cars.
When we can return to work, we're looking forward to restoring these mechanical world clocks, and yours!
Shown here proofing packaging for Geochron Atlas, much of our work has moved to home offices.
Check out an unpacking video of our Geochron Atlas digital display.
Keep sending me pictures of the those magnificent mechanical clocks and new 4K installations.  I'll enter them into our photo contest at the end of the year!  
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