James Thomas Engineering joins TOMCAT in Milos Group

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

JTEJames Thomas Engineering has joined the Milos Group of companies under the TOMCAT banner.  James Thomas Engineering has been one of the leading manufacturers of aluminum trussing, rigging and ground support to North American and international clients since 1977.  Its General Purpose, Supertruss and HD truss systems are used throughout the industry for professional outdoor concert, theatre, and corporate venue productions.

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Show Distribution Corporation Acquires Niscon Inc.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

16 ShowNisconShow Distribution Corporation has announced the purchase of all capital stock of Niscon Inc. of Mississauga, ON, a company specializing in the design, engineering and implementation of motion control systems. Niscon will continue to operate as an independent company from its current production and administrative head office. Its products will be integrated into Show Distribution’s rigging portfolio and will allow the company to offer turnkey solutions to live event professionals and particularly to the touring industry as well as for permanent installations.

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Osram Agrees to Acquire Clay Paky

Monday, August 11th, 2014
Clay Paky's Sharpy range in-use on Katy Perry's world tour.

Clay Paky’s Sharpy range in-use on Katy Perry’s world tour.

Osram is set to strengthen its position in entertainment lighting by agreeing to acquire Clay Paky, a maker of entertainment lighting for shows and events.

Clay Paky, based in Northern Italy, is privately owned and recently generated annual sales of more than €60 million (over CDN$88 million). Its products include moving heads, follow spots, and projectors. They are used at live concerts, theaters, and studios as well as in the area of architainment. Both parties agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the current calendar year. The acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.

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ETC Purchases Vortek Rigging Division from Daktronics

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

ETC has acquired the Vortek rigging division of Daktronics. All Vortek rigging products will be integrated into ETC’s rigging portfolio, and operations will be consolidated with ETC’s primary manufacturing locations in Wisconsin by the year’s end.

The transition of Vortek into the ETC Rigging family will double ETC’s current stage-machinery offerings. They will be able to provide customers with a wide variety of custom-engineered, heavy-lift, high-lift, and high-speed rigging solutions, which include orchestra shell, grand drape, and scoreboard lifts, along with synchronized acoustic panels, and motorized packaged hoists.

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Christie Acquires Arsenal Media

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

christie_digital_logoChristie has acquired Montreal-based Arsenal Media Inc., a digital signage agency specializing in experiential installations, interactive content, and strategic digital signage installations. Arsenal Media will become Christie Creative Media Services, operating within Christie’s Global Professional Services group.

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USITT Grants $10,000 To McGill’s ‘Virtual Textile Project’

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) has awarded almost $30,000 in 2014 grants to three promising projects – one to digitally preserve antique textiles, and two that will increase automation safety — including a project a Montreal’s McGill University.

USITT granted $10,000 to the Virtual Textile Project, led by Catherine Bradley of McGill University in Montreal, to create educational materials for its growing digital collection of historical textile samples.

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Scapin Staging Acquires Show Distribution

Monday, January 20th, 2014
(L-R) Robert Bob Bélanger, Senior Account Manager, client services, Show Distribution and Marc Desrochers, President, Scapin Staging Inc.

(L-R) Robert Bob Bélanger, Senior Account Manager, client services, Show Distribution and Marc Desrochers, President, Scapin Staging Inc.

Scapin Staging has announced the acquisition of Show Distribution, a company that also specializes in the sale and rental of staging equipment and electric hoists. According to the company, this will allow Scapin Staging to reach new markets and to better serve its clients with the addition of new products.

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Solotech Announces New Strategic Shareholders

Monday, October 28th, 2013

SOLOTECH_PROD_Logo_RVBFrançois Ménard, president and shareholder of Solotech, has announced three new strategic financial partners for the company: Claridge, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins, and Investissement Québec. These changes are part of a reorganization of the company’s share ownership that also includes the departure of some major shareholders, namely one Quebec-based institutional investor and Denis Lefrançois, co-president and one of the main architects of Solotech from its beginnings in 1977.

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LFI Call For Speakers Deadline Extended

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

04 LFIThe LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) 2014 Call for Speakers is open in a global invitation seeking responses from top lighting and design practitioners looking to participate in the annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference in Las Vegas, June 1-5, 2014. The deadline for the Call for Speakers has been extended to Sept. 23, 2013.

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CineQuip White Becomes Whites Digital Sales & Service

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Whites Digital Sales & Service.

Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Corp. and William F. White International Inc. (WFW), has announced the creation of a new company name for CinequipWhite Inc., effective immediately to reflect the company’s emphasis on expanded digital offerings.  Based in Toronto, Whites Digital Sales & Service Inc. will continue to provide customized sales and technical solutions to the broadcast, theatrical, and live entertainment industries across Canada.

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