Archive for 2012

The $17,000 Rubber Band

February 14, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel There are times when a small item or incident can have a giant impact on people, whether at work or at home. I am always looking for lessons learned from such events. Here is one incident example for all of us to consider. Worker’s Comp A Worker’s Comp insurance representative told […]

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Business Strategies: Appealing to Couples at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

January 30, 2012 No Comments

January 30, 2012 Over the past few years, women’s interest and other lifestyle magazines have been publishing articles that urge married and unmarried couples alike to engage in activities other than restaurant dining and movie-going when out on a date. Owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities can make their venues the site of such […]

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A Conversation with NICA’s New Executive Director, Barbara Hensinger

A Conversation with NICA’s New Executive Director, Barbara Hensinger

January 30, 2012 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks: What are the most pressing issues facing today’s independent concessionaires? Barbara Hensinger: Throughout the country, small businesspeople are facing over burdensome state and federal regulations.  This is true for our concessionaires, but the impact is often multiplied as many of our members operate in a variety of states. Currently, one of […]

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Business Strategies: Attracting More Group Business to Leisure Entertainment Facilities

January 24, 2012 No Comments

January 24, 2012 While individual guests clearly generate a significant chunk of leisure entertainment facilities’ business, group sales can open up a nice alternative revenue stream for venues of all kinds. What’s more, successfully playing the group sales card isn’t as difficult as operators may think; a bit of ingenuity and beyond-the-box thinking go a […]

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Delivering the Safety Message

January 18, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Employees have an obligation to follow procedures and work safely. Management has an obligation to know procedures, train employees on them, and then monitor employee actions to make sure employees remember and follow those procedures, and remind them when they do not. When it comes to safety, management must understand their […]

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Business Strategies: Increasing Food Revenues at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

January 16, 2012 No Comments

January 16, 2012 While most consumers will purchase food, beverages or a combination thereof when visiting leisure entertainment facilities, there is much that owners and operators can, and should, do to sell more items and boost revenues in this category. Offering “signature” foods tops the list of possibilities. Such items need not be fancy or […]

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The Angry Birds License Is Performing Well for The Good Stuff Company

The Angry Birds License Is Performing Well for The Good Stuff Company

January 13, 2012 No Comments

The Good Stuff Company played host to the world’s largest plush Angry Bird late last year at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Fla. The company’s Angry Bird amusement products include plush, basketballs, keychains and novelties. “Angry Birds was the best-performing plush license in 2011, and it continues to perform.  We have plenty of […]

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Business Strategies: Keeping Food Costs Down at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

January 10, 2012 No Comments

January 10, 2012 By many industry estimates, a well-thought-out food service component can account for 25 percent or more of total revenues generated at leisure entertainment facilities. However, achieving such a feat is a double-edged sword for operators these days. On one hand, economic pressure is leading visitors to demand more affordable fare, meaning that […]

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January 2012

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Laser Star Amusements Wins Award at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo

Laser Star Amusements Wins Award at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Michael Peretz (left), and Dr. David Peretz holding the 2011 Brass Ring Award presented by the IAAPA Awards Committee at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo. Laser Star Amusements was proud to be the recipient of the 2011 IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best New Coin Operated/Redemption Game for its Tasty Tubes Factory. The device allows […]

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Sponsors

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

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.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Max Flight

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

Penny Press

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Bulbtronics

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

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Sureshot Redemption

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Soft Play

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Store on Wheels

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Extreme Engineering

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

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Rio Syrup

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Poly Products

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

American Changer

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Spectrum Sports

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tear Repair

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Perfect Fry

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Art Attack

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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

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.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Aquaventronics

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

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.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Laser Star

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Embed

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

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