Archive for 2014

Rtown Academy: A Tool to Help Boost Profitability

Rtown Academy: A Tool to Help Boost Profitability

January 9, 2014 No Comments

Redemption Plus® is launching Rtown AcademyTM (www.rtownacademy.com), its latest-generation online educational resource for the amusement industry, formerly known as Redemption University.  RtownTM will dive into common challenges and opportunities for bowling centers, family entertainment centers, amusement parks and other segments of the industry. It will also feature a forum to trade ideas and make valuable […]

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TRIOTECH Wins a Prestigious Brass Ring Award Ending a Year of Exceptional Growth

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Montréal-based TRIOTECH, a leader in the out-of-home multimedia interactive attractions industry, won a prestigious Brass Ring Award at the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo. This award topped off a big year for TRIOTECH, which announced last September that it had signed a major deal with Canada’s Wonderland. Chosen as the winner in the “Best New Product […]

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Sacoa Playcard System Introduced New Products at IAAPA

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Sacoa introduced several new products at the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo. The products included: The HDT ColorShot reader. A full touch screen, HD color 3.5-inch display reader with visual effects, multiple images and multi-lingual messages in any alphabet. Online Sales for Mobiles. With Online Sales for Mobiles operators can start offering instant credit recharges to […]

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Agricultural Haunts
How a Baker, Fla., Farm Is Cultivating Scares

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross In the fall of 2012, Bill Barnhill turned a portion of his 1,500-acre farm in Baker, Fla., into a five-acre corn maze. The venture, executed under the umbrella of a partnership between Barnhill’s newly formed company, Baker-based Gum Creek Entertainment, and the Crestview Rotary Club, of which he is a member, […]

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Product Financing News: A Letter from Ben Jones

January 1, 2014 No Comments

I am very excited writing this as the newest member of the executive team at Live Oak Bank where I am part of a small group of specialized lenders who are starting a new niche lending division that will focus specifically on providing financing for FECs, small parks and attractions. As senior lender/FEC domain expert […]

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Becoming a Well-informed Insurance Buyer

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Bill Velin A well-designed business insurance program is essential when it comes to protecting your business from the many risks you face every day. It can provide you with an invaluable financial shield from losses, but only if you know what type of insurance to buy, how much to buy, and from whom to […]

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Keeping Children Safe in Bounce Houses: A Joint Effort

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Drew Tewksbury During two months in 2013 alone the media reported at least 10 Bounce House or Inflatable Amusement Rides nationwide that were toppled by wind or collapsed under the weight of too many kids.  The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission continues to estimate the number of injuries annually at over 6,000.  In just […]

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Insurance Trends, and Tips to Ensure Success

January 1, 2014 No Comments

At celebrations ranging from smaller  backyard birthday parties to city-wide festivals, event planners entertain youth by ordering closed inflatable trampolines, including traditional bounce houses, bouncy obstacle courses, and other attractions. Owners of the rental companies that provide this equipment take numerous measures to ensure children’s safety, but wherever kids are playing, there is a risk […]

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Gold Medal Products Company: Behind the Golden Curtain

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Gold Medal’s equipment and supply innovations start with the simple goal to taste good and build businesses. It’s the reason why a small, family-owned company in Cincinnati, Ohio,  became the global leader of concession products and manufacturing.     The Dollars and Sense of Manufacturing When your focus is on manufacturing quality machines that last, […]

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Carnival Food Report <br/>If it’s Fried or On a Stick, <br/>the Fair Has It

Carnival Food Report
If it’s Fried or On a Stick,
the Fair Has It

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By David Wilkening So what’s new on your fair’s menu this year? Expect no end to the popularity of the familiar corn dog. Attendees are also expected to dig in again to the perennially popular funnel cakes. Healthy choices are always slim here  – though more often offered than ever perhaps – but anything fried […]

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Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Perfect Fry

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tear Repair

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Bulbtronics

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

Knight Equipment

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

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Art Attack

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

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Poly Products

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Rio Syrup

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

California Portable Dance Floor Company

American Changer

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

Store on Wheels

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Laser Star

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Max Flight

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

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Penny Press

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Soft Play

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Formula K Raceways

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Extreme Engineering

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

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

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.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

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.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Embed

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Aquaventronics

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

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Funovation
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