Solotech’s board of directors has announced on behalf of all the company’s shareholders that Normand Legault will now be adding the responsibilities of chief executive officer (CEO) to his role of Chairman.
Solotech it is now switching into what it calls “amplified growth” mode with the aim of “increasing its momentum by becoming an industry consolidator in North America.”
Legault’s experience leading businesses, combined with the financial power of shareholders Claridge, Desjardins Entreprise-Capital Régional et Coopératif, Investissement Québec, and François Ménard, will permit Solotech to pursue its expansion via acquisitions while continuing to grow organically, according to the company.
Philips Entertainment has announced that Isted Technical Sales has been named as its new lighting rep for the Canadian Mid-West. With offices in Regina, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg, Isted Technical Sales will now be specifying the fixture, dimming, and controls product lines from Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon.
REfficient in Hamilton, ON has launched an expanded AV gear division, which includes more used commercial AV gear available for sale at deep discounts for bands, nonprofits, and more. The division also includes AV-specialized staff to handle questions.
REfficient sells refurbished, used, and surplus new telecom and AV products. The company provides quality equipment at affordable prices, such as set top boxes, modems and more, to Canadian and other telecom service providers. REfficient has grown to have customers in nine Canadian provinces, three Canadian territories and 11 other countries.
Solotech has announced the opening of a new store in Quebec City. With the recent merger of Solotech Quebec Sales and Rentals divisions under the same roof, the company says new Solotech store now occupies the largest audiovisual equipment sales space in Quebec. The store sells a wide range of products in the fields of audio, lighting, DJ, acoustics, and studio, but now it also offers a Solotech Express Rental Counter for standard equipment rentals.
Solotech’s Ron Morissette, Louis Racine & Jean-Louis Blanchard.
Following its completed purchase of Midnight Hour Productions (MHP) in November, Solotech has officially moved into the MHP warehouse facility in Toronto. As previously reposted, Midnite Hour’s founders, Marty Anderson and Louis Racine, as well as all of their employees will now be part of the larger Solotech team. The facility is located at 324 Horner Ave. in Toronto.
ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls) has named the new vice president of its Finance department: Jeffrey Welch. In this role, Welch will manage the financial strategy of the global company.
Welch holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of business administration from DePaul University in Chicago, and passed the CPA exam in 1998. He began his career at the First National Bank of Chicago, in their Corporate Banking Group working with multinational companies. From there, he moved to what is now US Bank in Madison, where he served as vice president, managing their Commercial Banking team.
Westbury National has announced plans for a 20,000-sq.-ft. expansion and renovation of their existing Warden Avenue headquarters in Toronto. The additional space and upgrades will accommodate the development of the expanded Event and Show Services and Audiovisual Integration Divisions. Blueprints include new corporate offices and meeting rooms, state-of-the-art demonstration facilities, and an expansion of their warehouse capacity.
Ross Video has announced that Patrick Twomey will join the XPression graphics team as Marketing Product Manager – Technical. Twomey has been with Ross since June of 2014 as Workflow Solutions Manager for their new Streamline Media Asset/Order Management System.
According to François Ménard, CEO of Solotech, this strategic move will allow Solotech to consolidate its position in the Greater Toronto market in addition to joining a team of experts in tailor-made solutions for lighting, video, rigging, and decor for stage, film, and corporate events. Midnite Hour’s founders, Marty Anderson and Louis Racine, and their employees will now be part of the larger Solotech team.