(Wilkes-Barre, PA) Mountain Productions, based in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has been named the 2016 Staging Company of the Year. The renowned staging and rigging company has received this national honor for three of the past five years.
The Parnelli Awards association, credited as the “Oscars of the Live Event Industry”, announced the winners of their event production innovation and leadership awards at a ceremony on Oct. 22, in conjunction with the Live Design international conference, LDI 2016. Mountain Productions, which was also nominated for an Indispensable Technology award for their MTN BOX®: Spektrum Series road cases, was recognized at the award ceremony as the nation’s leading staging company based on their collaboration with the Country Music Association’s CMA Music Festival, held annually in Nashville, Tenn.
Mountain Productions was founded in Northeastern Pennsylvania and has remained in the region for more than 37 years. Regarded as the largest staging and event production company in North America, the organization has worked on more than 18,000 events with thousands of world-renowned clients. While this year’s award was based on the company’s time in Tennessee, they have produced the nation’s largest events in every state.
The Parnelli Awards were given during a dinner and ceremony in the midst of LDI, the nation’s foremost event production tradeshow and conference. More than 300 representatives of the world’s top manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of professional products and services for the production and live entertainment industry were in attendance. A special, surprise performance by Tom Petty ended the celebration.
Ricky Rose, chief executive officer for Mountain Productions, accepted the award on behalf of his team. He credited the success of Mountain Productions to the organization's core leadership group, including Ronald Simms, chairman, and the full team of devoted employees who are dedicated to providing world-class experiences and products for hundreds of clients each year.
“This is all about our 120 men and women in Wilkes-Barre that bust their back every day to make things happen,” said Rose during an acceptance speech. “Especially those that sacrifice the time on the road and away from their families so that we can create the most robust and safe staging systems in North America.”
Mountain Productions provided a number of stage systems for the festival in Music City, including our Mountain Truss HD+ System that stood as the main stage in Nissan Stadium for performances by Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean, among others.