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

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Poly Products

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

Laser Star

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

American Changer

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

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Bulbtronics

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Max Flight

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Extreme Engineering

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Formula K Raceways

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Knight Equipment

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Embed

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

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

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.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Store on Wheels

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Art Attack

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

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Penny Press

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Rio Syrup

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

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.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

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.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Sureshot Redemption

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

Tear Repair

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

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Perfect Fry

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

Soft Play

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

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Family Fun Corp.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Aquaventronics

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

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Spectrum Sports

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

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Spectrum
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