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Names New President, Offers Batten Caps 

Mike Murphy, executive vice president of J.R. Clancy, Inc., has been named president of the rigging design and manufacturing company.

A veteran of the theatre rigging industry for more than 30 years, Mr. Murphy joined Clancy 12 years ago. His responsibilities have included administration of Clancy’s International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001 activities, making him responsible for the development and implementation of Clancy’s quality management program.

As president, he oversees sales, project management, production, and engineering for the company, while continuing to supervise Clancy’s quality initiatives. He takes over the president’s responsibilities from Bob Theis, who remains with the company as its chairman and chief executive officer.

Rigging operators can now identify their batten numbers more easily from the deck or the grid, using new writeable batten end caps provided by J. R. Clancy, Inc.

The bright yellow plastic end caps cover the ends of standard pipe battens and feature a writeable surface on which rigging technicians can record the batten number using a permanent marker. If additional line sets are added during production, the operator can simply move the end caps, adding the new batten’s number on its end cap.

To order the new batten end caps, call J. R. Clancy at 800-836-1885, or e-mail Eric McAfee at

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Debuts New Luminaire, Products Win Awards 

Production Resource Group, LLC, (PRG) celebrated the debut of its Bad Boy luminaire on the recently completed first leg of the Oasis Dig Out Your Soul tour as well as the Gekko Kedo winning two awards.

From a Roman amphitheatre in Vienne near Lyon, France to stadiums in South America, with sold-out dates throughout Asia, Mexico, Western Europe, the United States, and the United Kingdom, Oasis has been literally touring the world with production support from PRG’s Concert Touring group. Oasis’ Dig Out Your Soul tour marks the largest the band has ever embarked on with stops in several countries for the first time, including dates in Lima, Peru and Taipei City, Taiwan.

PRG is the exclusive rental and sales distributor for Gekko Technology Ltd. products in North America. The Gekko Kedo won two awards at the recent 2009 NAB tradeshow in Las Vegas. The just-launched Gekko Kedo, a focusable luminaire powered by an LED source, won the DV magazine 2009 Black Diamond Award and TV Technology magazine’s Mario Award for Innovation. For more information on the award-winning Gekko Technology Kedo as well as the whole Gekko product line, visit

For more information on PRG, visit

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A Community Garden Sprouts in Secaucus 

Hartz Mountain Industries, owner of the building at 4 Emerson Lane, Secaucus, New Jersey, gave permission to its tenant, Rose Brand, to plant a community garden in celebration of Earth Day April 22.

The garden will occupy 360 square feet on the west side of the building with planned crops including vegetables, perennial herbs, and some flowers. Rose Brand employee volunteers will care for the garden and ultimately benefit from the food and herbs grown.

Rose Brand is the industry leader in theatrical fabrics, fabrications and supplies for the event, entertainment and display industries.

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