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Vortek Product Adapts to Solve Renovation Challenge

VICTOR, N.Y. – August 2, 2010 –Vortek, a division of Daktronics Inc. (Nasdaq-DAKT), recently celebrated the completion of an installation using Vortek Classic hoists configured for an inverted, or grid mount application, marking yet another milestone for the product's ability to consistently adapt to non-standard layouts. Blending traditional counterweight line sets with Vortek motorized line sets, the Cheyenne Civic Center Performing Arts Theater in Cheyenne, Wyo., is sure to deliver a sophisticated, yet practical, theater for many years to come.

As with many road houses and civic auditoria, this Performing Arts Theater is discovering that automating line sets will allow for more event days to be scheduled in the same calendar year. Dennis Madigan, the facility's technical director, said, “We rigged three of our electric raceways with Vortek motors. Because we frequently change the light hang, we eliminated loading counterweight brick—a major improvement in safety and labor efficiency.”

Finding the right manufacturer to accommodate the unique rigging system design was a challenge for this theater renovation project. “Cheyenne Civic Center line sets required nine lift lines per set with 80' pipes. Vortek could design motors to meet this need,” Madigan said.

Most of the automated rigging system was configured and built from standard, proven, technology making this a viable and affordable project solution. “Vortek engineers are adept in creating solutions for the unique needs of a facility, including projects blending counterweight and motorized rigging on a single stage,” said Ted Paget, Vortek sales manager. “The Cheyenne project also offered an opportunity to showcase the flexibility of Vortek's wired handheld Pro Series controller.”

Vortek representatives will be attending PLASA in September 2010, Stand #2-Q10 and LDI, Booth #1037 in October 2010 to showcase new products.

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