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Company 411

Green Hippo

Mike Wharton •
  • Company 411
  • December 2018
• December 7, 2018
Before founding Green Hippo in 2000, co-owners Sean Westgate and James Heron had been working in corporate AV when they came across an exciting opportunity to work with VJ equipment in nightclubs. A few years later, in 2005, they were joined by Nigel Sadler who, at the time, was exploring the possibilities of working with […] Read More...

ROE Visual US Expands

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Company 411
  • November 2018
• November 12, 2018
This past spring, Frank Montero gave me a tour of ROE Visual’s warehouse in Burbank, CA. Gear and people were stacked to the rafters, and there was a lot of squeezing by and ducking as we made our way through it. “The business is growing faster than we anticipated, and clearly we weren’t going to […] Read More...

ProX Cases Take the Heat

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Company 411
  • October 2018
• October 13, 2018
Case Protects Gear from Arson Flames, Fire Truck Hoses Guerrilla Productions out of Ocala, FL, a regional production company founded in 2016, juggles all the concerns similar companies have: bidding right, getting gigs, being consistently good, etc. But one night in August of 2017, co-owner Tim Pigeon faced one of the worst disasters a company […] Read More...

Robe’s Rise

Louise Stickland •
  • Company 411
  • October 2018
• October 13, 2018
                            The Czech Company’s North American Expansion Continues In the past 25 years, Robe s.r.o. has grown from a little-known OEM startup on the Czech Republic side of the newly divided country once known as Czechoslovakia into a world-class lighting brand synonymous […] Read More...

Image SFX

Mike Wharton •
  • Company 411
  • September 2018
• September 14, 2018
Image Engineering Teams Up with Doug Adams to Form Image SFX Image Engineering, led by the brothers Suehle, whose passion for special effects began in the basement of their parent’s home in the 1990s, is bringing yet another new phase to their now multimillion dollar enterprise by forging an unprecedented collaboration of service and design […] Read More...

Nationwide Video

Mike Wharton •
  • August 2018
  • Company 411
• August 13, 2018
How Two Kids on a Hockey Team Developed a World-Famous Brand Nationwide Video’s recent major Investment in the new Sony HDC Series Studio and Live Camera Systems and Sport Lenses continues to build on the successful business philosophy Gary Becker put together with the support of Bret Tracey 20 years ago based on their bond […] Read More...

HIGHLT PDS Inc.

Bryan Reesman •
  • August 2018
  • Company 411
• August 13, 2018
Myles Mangino’s Previz Studio is Based in See Factor’s Facility in Queens, NY When Myles Mangino was searching through New York City for a home for his new previz and production design studio, Highlt PDS Inc., to his surprise he could not find anything like that. And his search was extensive. But after settling into […] Read More...

See Factor Industry Inc.

Bryan Reesman •
  • August 2018
  • Company 411
• August 13, 2018
Legendary Company Makes Their Move and Plans the Future The warehouse is buzzing and business is booming when PLSN visits See Factor at their new headquarters in Queens, NY. The giant Foreigner “4” logo made out of aluminum truss for the group’s summer tour is being assembled on the floor before it gets shipped out. […] Read More...

Solotech is Making its Move

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Company 411
  • July 2018
• July 13, 2018
Solotech seems to be living by the “you can’t hit a moving target” axiom, as they are everywhere, yet going someplace else all at once. Rattling off a list of projects as he starts to provide the visitor with a tour of the Montreal HQ, director of productions Hugo Tardif mentions clients Pink, Justin Timberlake, […] Read More...

ETC Continues Growth and Expansion

Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • Company 411
  • May 2018
• May 14, 2018
Fred Foster Discusses High End Systems’ Merger a Year Out Stepping into the lobby of ETC’s headquarters in Middleton, Wisconsin, is to step into a stylized historic version of New York City. The reception area is a recreation of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks diner. Across from that is a “school,” P.S. 8 — named so because […] Read More...

Columbus McKinnon at Rock Lititz

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • April 2018
  • Company 411
• April 12, 2018
On March 7, Columbus McKinnon (CM) opened their latest facility at the Rock Lititz Entertainment Campus near Lancaster, PA. The worldwide leader in chain hoist manufacturing for the industrial and entertainment business invited PLSN to attend. Approximately 100 fellow employees in the entertainment field were on hand as CM demonstrated their latest wares and explained […] Read More...

A Look at Absen in the USA

Mike Wharton •
  • Company 411
  • March 2018
• March 12, 2018
Absen opened their headquarters in Orlando with only four employees in 2013. There are now more than 50 employees associated with the subsidiary handling the exponential growth that has taken place over the last three years. Absen’s Gary Fuller, Jeremy Fish and Alison Maxson recently gave PLSN the 411 on their growing company. We also spoke with Evolve Media Group’s Tyler Mayne. Read More...

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