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ETC to Expand Middleton Factory

Just three years after building and moving into its distinctive 250,000-square-foot headquarters facility in Middleton, Wisconsin, ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.) is expanding again. The international entertainment- and architectural-lighting manufacturer is adding an estimated $9 million, 78,000 square feet to the factory portion of the building. The groundbreaking is scheduled to take place in mid October.

According to Kobi Danke, building-project manager, the new footage will give ETC more manufacturing and warehousing space. The new-construction plans include an expansion of the north parking lot; a larger receiving area with two more docks, plus a second UPS drive-up to handle and expedite increasing order traffic; as well as additional restrooms, storage areas, and a semi-enclosed patio for employee rest and outdoor gatherings.

ETC Chief Executive Officer Fred Foster said the company is planning to ramp up the environment-sustaining technologies in use, ensuring that any new design is "greener" than ever before.

The expansion will be managed by the design-build firm Erdman Development Group, headed by Jerry Sholts and Frank Miller. The architects are David Braucht and Dan Zarnsdorf, of HDR Architecture, Inc. Completion of the full project is anticipated in late fall of 2008.

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New Control Station from ET

Entertainment Technology recently introduced CUE Master DMX Control Stations. Whether a compact 4 to 16 channel DMX controller, a flexible DMX "Snap Shot" station, or an additional DMX control on a stage manager's panel is needed, the CUE Master DMX Control Stations are designed to offer powerful DMX512 control from an attractive and easy-to-operate architectural wall-station.

CUE Master DMX Control Stations operate in one of three user-selected modes. In each mode, the unit has the option of receiving a DMX512 signal and adding it to the transmitted DMX512 signal using Highest Takes Precedence (HTP). DMX Channel Mode provides individual control of up to 16 consecutive channels, within a single universe of DMX512, and 13 preset recall scenes of those 16 consecutive channels. DMX "Snap Shot" Mode provides 13 scene captures of a single universe of DMX512. And DMX Sub Master Mode provides capture of a DMX512 signal to any one of 4,8,12, or 16 sub master channels, depending on the chosen master station. The sub master channel level can then be used with other sub master channels to layer their captured looks.

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Creative Appoints Broderick

Creative Stage Lighting recently announced the appointment of Bob Broderick as North Central Dealer Sales Manager.

Mr. Broderick has a BFA in theatre design and technology and has worked as a freelance lighting designer and in sales at Barbizon Lighting Company. He also has experience as a stage electrician and technical director.

Broderick will be responsible for managing CSL's newly created North Central Dealer Sales Division which includes Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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PRG Helps Transform San Juan Capistrano

In just four days, PRG helped producer Branduin Creative transform the 40-acre Oaks/Blenheim Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, California, into a fantasy playground -- ready to entertain guests with supersized video games, carnival rides, laser tag, and a concert starring the rock group, KISS. The event, capping the Networkers at Cisco Live conference in nearby Anaheim, was Cisco's thank you to 7,000 of its best customers.

As the longtime lighting source for KISS' concert tours, PRG already was familiar with the requirements of the legendary rockers.

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ETC Scholars Named

ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.) announced the winners of its eighth annual LDI Student Sponsorship 2007. The program provides an all-expense-paid trip to the LDI tradeshow, where six university students have the opportunity to experience the behind-the-scenes goings-on in the ETC booth, learn about the latest technologies, and network with some of the industry's key figures.

Gustav Barnard, from South Africa, is in his final year at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom. Lois Catanzaro is in her second year of graduate studies in stage design at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Jen Goldstein is a graduate student in lighting design at the University of California, Irvine. Marihan Mehelba, from Egypt, is a Fulbright Arts Grant recipient, studying lighting design for one academic year at Indiana University in Bloomington. Charles Perry is a graduate student at the University of Florida, pursuing a master of fine arts degree in lighting design. Jason Read is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in lighting design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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