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How North Vancouver businesses stepped up to COVID challenges

The Star Covid Awards articleOct 29, 2020  - In challenging times, North Vancouver businesses have proven to be resilient, innovative, and overwhelmingly inspirational.

To shine a light on some of the many businesses that have kept thriving and gone the extra mile to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Vancouver Chamber initiated a new awards series.

The North Shore News and national news site, The Star, have drawn national attention to the awards and the businesses who received them.
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Thomas FX Awarded Innovation/Switching Gears Award by North Vancouver Chamber

OCT 20, 2020   The North Vancouver Chamber is proud to announce the Winners of the 2020 COVID-19 Local Leaders Awards in recognition of excellence in the North Vancouver business community during the pandemic.

These awards showcase a few of the many members of our business community who deserve our recognition for demonstrating initiative, community support and local leadership during these challenging times.

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What’s COVID-19 doing to the value of your small business? - Editorial

OCTOBER 14, 2020 - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ (CFIB) data for August found that for almost half of small businesses, monthly revenues were 75% or more of the prior year. Businesses that are surviving the impacts of COVID-19 demonstrate resiliency and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

Some businesses have added new product lines and expanded their customer base. Thomas FX Group Inc., a North Vancouver-based supplier of specialty products to the movie industry, best known for biodegradable snow and ash products (used in The Revenant, Avengers: Infinity War, Star Trek: Into the Darkness, etc.) became the exclusive distributor of a line of high-intensity UV lights and sanitizing chemicals, and now has added doctors, dentists, and gyms as customers.

Read the full editorial on bccpa.ca
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What Has the Pandemic Meant for Hollywood North?

HNM article screenshotBefore the pandemic, BC was home to 40 percent of Canada’s film and television production, followed secondly by Ontario. Although Canada’s Covid-19 cases are on the rise, the significantly lower numbers than their American neighbours offer a more promising outlook for future productions. 

Beginning in August, film production started to see a prominent return across BC, with productions resuming filming. Pre-pandemic, Thomas FX was best known for being an industry leader in Hollywood and global film special effects production supplies. Thomas FX has made a shift to start selling COVID-19 safety measures on top of their usual product supply. 

Read the full article on Hollywood North Magazine >
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Safety on Set Adds New Layer of Reality

VANCOUVER SUN - AUG 15, 2020   

For doc-style filmmakers, set safety can get complex.

The blue-collar reality TV genre takes real Canadian working-class tales to views all over the world.  Filming shows such as Mud Mountain, Heavy Rescue: 401, Save My Reno, Queen of the Oil Patch, and Highway Thru Hell is challenging, due to the dangerous occupations and conditions they document.  COVID-19 adds another layer of danger and makes filming reality TV a lot more real.  

Click here to read the Vancouver Sun article.
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Thomas FX, Distributor Of BioTech UV, in Need of International Dealers

VANCOUVER, BC – AUG  2020 – As COVID-19 cases continue to increase on a global scale, legendary special effects company, Thomas FX, has become a distributor of BioTech UV Technology. Now, Thomas FX is looking for international dealers to help them ensure this technology is available on a larger scale to help industries, communities, and businesses return to work safely.

Click here to read the full press release about this initiative.
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Global TV - Believe BC: North Shore company pivots to avoid economic disaster due to COVID-19 pandemic

Global TV report screenshotJuly 29, 2020 - A North Shore TV and movie special effects company had an ‘enlightened’ idea to avoid financial disaster when their industry was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aaron McArthur reports.

Click here to watch the Global TV report.

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Press Release - THOMAS FX HAS PIVOTED THEIR BUSINESS TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

VANCOUVER, BC - JULY  2020 - John Quee, Chief Executive Officer, Thomas FX Group Inc., is pleased to announce that Vancouver-based special effects legend, Thomas FX, is now the exclusive distributor of Bio-Tech UV Technology in Canada
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Thomas FX Non-Contact Pickup Service

Thomas FX has re-opened "BY APPOINTMENT ONLY", for the time being, and has introduced "No Contact Pickup Service" to keep us all. Here is a photo of Betty helping our first "BY APPOINTMENT", "Post COVID-19" Lockdown, store customers.

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COVID-19 Closure & Safety Protocols

We are still here to take your calls and emails, at our usual numbers, but Thomas FX is closed temporarily, during the Global economic and health crises. New health and safety protocols will be in effect once we are authorized to reopen . . . . 
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Join Our Green Revolution!

It is time to stop talking and DO SOMETHING . . . . . Join Our Green Revolution!
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American Cinematographer Article: Thomas FX

An article published in American Cinematographer Magazine about Thomas FX's innovative, environmentally-friendly Sno-FX product.

Thomas FX Group Inc. has released Sno-FX, a biodegradable, non-toxic, artificial snow developed specifically to the high grade demanded by motion-picture productions.
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B.C. special effects firm offers film industry chance to go green with licensing deal

What happened: North Vancouver’ Thomas FX is launching new licensing deal to allow other firms to use its brand to sell eco-friendly products

Why it matters: The move comes as the film industry pursues efforts to become more sustainable

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Thomas FX™ Announces International Brand and Patent Licensing Opportunity

Globe in HandsWith the intention of reducing environmental waste from the film industry, Thomas FX Group Inc. today announced that they will be offering brand and patent licensing opportunities around the world for qualified special effects businesses and production supply companies currently servicing the film and television industries around the world. Master franchises for Thomas FX’s patented biodegradable products are also being offered.
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Thomas FX Works with Hollywood North to Improve Sustainability

Thomas FX patents for Biodegradable Fake Snow and AshThe BC Film industry faces enormous environmental challenges, including micro plastics entering the ocean and atmosphere from fake snow and other special effects. Thomas FX makes safe, food-grade biodegradable snow and ash for the film industry.  Read the full Vancouver Sun article.
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Thomas FX is paving the way for a greener film industry around the world.

Go Green Or GO HomeIndustry stalwart special effects supplier Thomas FX provides the highest quality true biodegradable artificial snow for film and television production
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Welcome New Dealers.....

Join Our Dealer NetworkFX is pleased to welcome three new International Dealers to our rapidly growing Dealer Network.
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We're Hiring

Thomas FX is expanding. To view current employment opportunities Click Here
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Remembering John Thomas 1947-1994

R.I.P John ThomasToday marks the 25'th anniversary of the passing of John Thomas, Founder Thomas FX. John passed at 5:50 pm (PST) March 22, 1994 with his beloved wife Betty at his side . . . . . 
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CONGRATULATIONS ... AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Avengers: Infinity WarAvengers: Infinity War has been the box office hit of 2018 ... 
A well deserved 'shout out' to Congratulate the cast and crew. Thank you for incorporating BIO-ASH from Thomas FX into your project and featuring our product so dynamically in the film.
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