Political Notebook

Brian Francisco/The Journal Gazette
In this November 2012 file photo, Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck stands in front of an image of the U.S. Supreme Court that is shielding the building during construction. An Indiana company supplied the image of the court building.

Hoosier company put Supreme Court under wrap

An Indiana company supplied the full-size image of the U.S. Supreme Court building that has been used as a facade wrap during renovations at the Washington, D.C., landmark.

Inside Indiana Business and the Indiana Law Blog each reported this week that Top Value Fabrics of Carmel made the “mesh banner media” that replicates and covers the front of the court. The image is wrapped over scaffolding.

The Supreme Court wrap “allows this iconic building to remain recognizable throughout the restoration for tourists and local residents alike,” company President Chris Fredericks said in a news release.

Top Value Fabrics also produces banner media used for stadium wraps, event banners and murals.

How authentic is the Supreme Court banner? Judge for yourself: We have reposted a photo that shows Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck standing in front of the court on Nov..15. The Journal Gazette noted at the time that Surbeck was in front of an image of the court.

Surbeck returned to the building that evening to receive the annual William H. Rehnquist Award, presented by the National Center for State Courts to recognize judicial excellence. Surbeck was honored for his work in starting and promoting the Allen County Re-Entry Court, which allows for the early release of prison inmates in exchange for closer court supervision.