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Pathway Relocates

Pathway Connectivity has moved to a new 7,000-square-foot facility in the historic Inglewood district in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The new location is twice the size of the company's previous location and includes more than 1,500 square feet for research and development activities including space for training seminars for both clients and staff.

President David Higgins said "improving in-house manufacturing capability was the main reason for the move." The manufacturing facility has a separate clean area for final assembly, test, burn-in, and repairs. It also has a warehouse, and a machine tool workshop for prototyping and custom product manufacturing. Pathway's new facility at Unit 103, 1429 17th Avenue SE in Inglewood is close to the city's pathway system which provides a safe, convenient route for employees to take advantage of a "green" bicycle commute.

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Swing Wing Wins Award

TOMCAT USA's Swing Wing received the Best Truss or Rigging Product Award at the AV Communications Excellence Awards Banquet in June. The event was held in conjunction with InfoComm, and is the second award for the Swing Wing which also won an EDDY Award in 2003.

TOMCAT USA CEO John James said "We constantly strive to create products that are innovative, but useful to the entertainment industry. This award is a great tribute to that mission. We are honored."

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Strong to Power Competition

Strong Entertainment Lighting's 10,000-watt Britelight Super 10 will be the energy source powering several competing space elevator climbers up a crane-suspended vertical ribbon. The challenge, to build a space elevator climber, will be held in Mountain View, California this fall and will draw competitors from around the world.

The Britelight Super 10 will be a constant power source for the climbers. Each team will design and build a climber prototype to ascend the ribbon carrying a payload. Strong is a co-sponsor of the event. NASA's Centennial Challenge program is providing the $400,000 prize purse for the competitions in 2005-2006, with a $50,000 prize awarded to this year's winner.

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Mateer Joins Apollo

Jeffrey Mateer has joined Apollo Design Technology, Inc. as Product Development Manager for all Apollo lines. Mr. Mateer will "interact with the marketplace to identify and specify appropriate products and work with engineering and marketing to ensure successful introduction."

Joel Nichols, Apollo founder and President, said "His extensive experience in the industry, combined with his skills, will contribute significantly to Apollo's future product direction."

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Stagecraft Opens Regional Office

Stagecraft Industries, Inc. has opened a regional sales office in Phoenix, Arizona. The 45-year-old manufacturer of stage rigging and electrical equipment appointed Buddy Combs as regional sales representative in Phoenix. The company already has branches in Seattle, Washington and Oakland, California providing sales and technical support for equipment installation projects in the Southwest.

"Over the years, we've built and installed stage equipment for hundreds of Arizona projects," said Stagecraft CEO Mark Walter. "With Buddy anchoring our Phoenix office, we can give our customers the local service and support they deserve." Mr. Combs, who is USITT's Lighting Co-Commissioner, is an industry veteran with experience as a teacher, technical director, designer, and consultant.

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