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Texas Scenic Company Celebrates Grand Reopening of Ford's Theatre

February 12, 2009 - San Antonio, Texas – Texas Scenic Company (TSC) recently completed a stage rigging upgrade at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. The historic theatre where President Lincoln was assassinated is holding numerous celebrations this week hosted by the National Park Service and Ford's Theatre Society to commemorate the theatre's reopening in conjunction with Lincoln's 200th birthday.

For the renovation, Joe Mobilia with Fisher Dachs & Associates created a design which included removal of the existing wood rigging support structure for counterweight rigging, upgrading to a new steel structure accommodating modern motorized rigging.

TSC manufactured and installed 19 “Inline” zero fleet angle hoist assemblies on one foot centers. Each hoist has a capacity of 1,800 lbs. and operates with a variable speed capability of 0-180 feet per minute. A micro-processor based SceneControl 500 control system, manufactured by J.R. Clancy was provided as the main control console, with a TSC manual control supplied as a redundant back-up.

This project is the first large installation of TSC's new “Inline” zero fleet angle hoist system. The system offers multiple lifting capacities and speed options, while using dual motor and gear boxes for 100% redundancy.

Texas Scenic Company, established in 1936, is a stage equipment contractor and systems integrator based in San Antonio, Texas. TSC designs, manufactures and installs stage, studio and theatrical equipment for educational, entertainment and broadcast facilities.

CONTACT: Steve Surratt 800-292-7490

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