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J. R. Clancy Presents ETCP Training April 24-25

Syracuse, NY, March 1 — Rigging professionals who have earned Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) credentials—and who are employees of a J. R. Clancy Dealer—can earn renewal credit hours by participating in the ETCP program at J. R. Clancy, Inc., in Syracuse on April 24 and 25, 2009.

Developed by the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), ETCP is an industry-wide program of rigorous assessments for professional technicians. The certification renewal program at J. R. Clancy in April includes training in the proper use and inspection of fall arrest and fall protection equipment, as well as servicing, troubleshooting and maintenance of motorized equipment. Instruction in the use of fixed speed and push button controls will conclude the program.

The ETCP renewal training will be taught by four of the industry's leading experts in counterweight and motorized rigging:

• Bill Sapsis, president of Sapsis Rigging, is one of the nation's most recognized experts in theatrical rigging, and an entertainment industry professional for more than 35 years.

• Pete Svitavsky is an applications engineer with J. R. Clancy and the company's in-house PE; his practical experience includes many years as a carpenter before he became a leading rigging system designer for Clancy.

• Larry Eschelbacher has designed control systems and written software for hundreds of motorized rigging systems worldwide as manager of the controls department at Clancy.

• Pete Schmitt has been with SEW-Eurodrive since the company's U.S. introduction of its gearmotors and drives—now the standards in the industry— in 1976.

Space in the program is limited to 25 people. To register, call Marilyn Larsen at J. R. Clancy, 800-836-1885, ext. 322, or email her at The registration deadline is March 25.

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