June 2013

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June 2013

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ETC: Building Purchase Helps Expand Manufacturing

ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.) expanded its manufacturing after buying a 350,000-square-foot building in Mazomanie, Wisconsin. ETC will move portions of its manufacturing and warehousing to the Mazomanie facility, while maintaining the company's headquarters in Middleton, Wisconsin.

ETC's Middleton headquarters is known for its innovative 'Town Square' themed environment. The Mazomanie building will also reflect the ETC aesthetic and corporate culture.

ETC has chosen architectural firm KEE Architecture, Madison, for the Mazomanie renovation. The builder will be Design Structures, Middleton. Construction is slated to begin in June, with portions of the facility opening in the fall. The building previously housed printing company Sunny Industries.


Stage Technologies: Elite Training Focuses on Automation

Stage Technologies again supplied a hands-on Automation course for the 2013 USITT Elite Training Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada May 9 to 11. The Automation course covered an introduction to automation, introduction to operating and programming the eChameleon software, and a hands-on look at Stage Technologies' winches and control systems.

The Elite Training Weekend, which takes place annually at the Cirque du Soleil training facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, includes classes in Automation, Rigging, Sound, and Projection for a limit of eight students each. Students, selected by application, spend days with trainers and evenings backstage at Cirque du Soleil shows. Applicants are USITT student or early career members.

For more information visit www.stagetech.com or see photos from the USITT Elite Training Weekend at The Last Word.

PLASA: Hoepker Joins PLASA Team

Industry veteran Laura Hoepker joined PLASA as an events sales executive working with the North American team on the PLASA Focus NA regional events. She is a 19-year veteran of Electronic Theatre Controls where she oversaw ETC's trade shows and events.

Ms. Hoepker can be reached at laura.hoepker@plasa.org or 212-244-1505, ext. 608. Focus Austin will be held at the Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin, Texas September 10 to 11; and Focus Nashville will be held February 5 to 6 at the Municipal Civic Auditorium in Nashville, Tennesee. For more information, visit www.plasafocus.com.