Archive for October, 2012

The Idea Machine

October 23, 2012 No Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel                         The masses have spoken. I received several emails suggesting that I tackle the subject of how to get suggestions heard and/or how to successfully implement change within an entrenched organization. They are sister subjects. I will try to cover […]




Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.


Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.


Evaporative snow systems.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.


Manufacturer of waterslides

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines


Laser maze challenge


Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.


Flashing cotton candy cones.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.


Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.


A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.


Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

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