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 […]

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Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Knight Equipment

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Bulbtronics

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Rio Syrup

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Store on Wheels

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Namco

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.

Max Flight

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Perfect Fry

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Aquaventronics

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Poly Products

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

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

American Changer

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Tear Repair

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Embed

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Spectrum Sports

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Laser Star

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

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.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Extreme Engineering

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

Soft Play

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Formula K Raceways

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Art Attack

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

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Penny Press

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

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