Community Corner: Local firm redesigns success with the Dbacks

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PHOENIX - They were a home run at spring training this year – those "free sun block" dispensers at the new Diamondbacks’ facility, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

The dispensers were the brain child of a local design firm DD&F and they were so successful the firm is taking them national at a convention later this month.

3TV got to take a tour of DD&F's central Phoenix manufacturing facility.  Turns out, the sun block dispensers are just the tip of the iceberg.

“There's hardly anyone in the Valley that do what we do," said owner Shad Bruce. “There's people that do design only, people who do print only but we offer turn key services.”

Some of their work you've already seen, like the car launcher at the Phoenix Children's Museum and the Speed Cantina out at the Phoenix International Raceway.

“It was originally a garage that we turned into a themed bar area,” Bruce explained.

Some are still in the works.

Three new pieces will be unveiled this week when Chase Field opens for the new season.

“This is a display case to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the World Series win for the Diamondbacks,” Bruce said showing off the plans for the new case. “We decided to take the middle display case and really show it off.”

They’re also working on a new welcome center for fans and a new home for Baxter.

“So now Baxter has a new home up by the Sandlot, it's a porch area. So he'll have a seat to watch the game,” added Bruce, “and an area to walk around and look at new elements.”

And despite the work in progress, Bruce said everything will be in place for the home opener.

For more information on Detail Design and Fabrication, Inc. (DD&F) go www.ddandf.com and www.thesunblockstation.com or call 602-243-7706  The company is located at  4635 South 33rd Street in Phoenix.