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Mattel Increases Support

Congratulations to Mattel-World Wide Trade Show Services which recently increased its level of support for USITT to that of a Contributing member. Mattel has been a member for several years. Erin Stephenson, Project Manager, is the main USITT contact for the company, based in El Segundo, California.

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Vortek Acquires Hoffend

Those who are used to contacting Hoffend & Sons in Rochester, New York will find the company is now part of Vortek, a division of Daktronics. They can be found on the web at, and will also be exhibiting as part of USITT Stage Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. Adam Smith is the main contact and can be reached at

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Rose Brand Moves HQ

Rose Brand Corporate Headquarters and East Coast Warehouse is moving from its current Chelsea location. Rose Brand will have a full sales team and more expedient product pick-up with five loading docks in its new 124,000 square foot building located at 4 Emerson Lane, Secaucus, New Jersey.

The Rose Brand New York City Design Studio, located at 424 West 33rd St. between 9th and 10th Avenues, will be staffed with a sales team to help consult on projects and answer questions on product lines. While the Design Studio stocks fabric samples, all order and product pick up will be from the Secaucus warehouse.

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PRG Tops the Charts

Chart-topping artists from across the recording industry made the 2006 Billboard Music Awards this December's "must see" event in Las Vegas, Nevada. PRG built the massive stage and supplied the lighting for the show, which was televised live over the Fox network as it rocked the room at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Designed by production designer Leroy Bennett and art director Anne Brahic, the show's stage measured approximately 160 feet wide by 80 feet deep. The structure, fabricated by PRG, was covered with inlaid laminate flooring. The stage also featured a custom-painted performance area and two lighted platforms covered with Plexiglass.

PRG also built the structure for the 16 foot tall by 60 foot wide video wall that dominated upstage center stage.

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