Dallas office relocation announcement

August 21, 2015 15:18

Due to the continued growth of our business, our Dallas office is relocating to a new facility in Dallas next month. This new, larger facility will allow us to better serve the needs of our clients.

Our new facility will be located at:

1233 Round Table Drive

Dallas, Texas 75247

Stay tuned for more details.

 

Cat Entertainment Services Powers Newport Folk Fest

July 31, 2015 15:15

More than 30,000 folk music fans descended on Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island July 24th-26th for the annual Newport Folk Festival.

For three days, fans enjoyed performances by popular folk singers on the festival’s four stages. Friday night’s headliner was Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, accompanied by My Morning Jacket. Saturday, James Taylor surprised fans with a greatest hits mini-set. This marked his first time performing at the festival since his set was cut short in 1969 with news that Neil Armstrong had become the first man on the moon.  Sunday night featured a line-up of artists, billed as “65 Revisited,” homage to the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan playing the festival.  In 1965, Dylan plugged in his 1965 and Fender Stratocaster, “going electric” for just one song. At the time, he was booed off stage for not playing an acoustic guitar at the “fiercely folk” festival. The guitar was never played again — until Jason Isbell was invited onstage to play the guitar Sunday.

While fans were enjoying the music, a team of Cat Entertainment Services technicians worked behind the scenes to power audio, video and lighting for all four festival stages. A twin 300 kW generator, tow-plant generator and four 480 volt transformers were all brought in to “electrify” the legendary folk festival.

CAT Entertainment Services Powers MLB All-Star Broadcast

July 21, 2015 11:06

The best players in Major League Baseball took to the field last week for the 86th annual MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. CAT Entertainment Services was the sole power provider for broadcasters at the MLB All-Star compound.

Two CAT ES 800-kW generators powered the MLB Network and office-trailer area (along with 200-, 150-, and 350 kW generators at the catering tent across Second St. E). Twin 400-kW generators powered ESPN’s operation along the riverfront, and additional dual 400-kW generators handled MLB Network’s red-carpet show near Joe Nuxhall Way. The spread-out nature of the compound made this year’s MLB All-Star a unique show for CAT ES.

“It’s different every year, depending on the location and the setup,” says Jeff Macdougall, project manager, CAT Entertainment Services. “[In 2012], Kansas City was one big compound, so we had just two bigger units paralleled. We didn’t have to spread out our generators as much because everything was nice and tight. In a lot of years like that, when it’s just so hot, we will put 20-ton air-conditioners in front of the TV trucks to cool them down a little. But it hasn’t been too bad here, so that [wasn’t required]. It’s definitely a very big one for us though.”

 

Cat Entertainment Services Names International Sales Manager

May 21, 2015 11:35

CAT® Entertainment Services (CES), a global provider of temporary power and temperature control solutions, has named Mike Moloney International Sales Manager.

Moloney has been involved with numerous major events projects over the course of his career, to name a few: U.S. Presidential Inaugurations, international festivals, Frieze Art Fair and served as CES global project manager for Cirque du Soleil site power and climate control equipment. 

More recently, Mike has spearheaded CAT Entertainment Services’ International business development, working closely with senior management and international major events to establish CES as a qualified global event supplier. As a result CES has secured contracts for notable global sporting events, including 2013 Confederation Cup broadcast, Sochi 2014 and 2014 World Cup venue power.  

“We are excited that Mike has accepted this responsibility to grow CES in new markets and expand our global services” Phil Wessels, Managing Director, CAT Entertainment Services.

Moloney will continue to be based out of CES’s New Jersey office and will work closely with CES Brazil, Europe and Caterpillar’s worldwide network to transform CES international sales to a new level.

About Cat Entertainment Services

Cat Entertainment Services (CES) provides rental power generation and rental temperature control equipment for sports and special events, music festivals, concert tours, film, video and broadcast productions around the world. In addition to state-of-the-art rental equipment, CES professionals integrate planning, custom installation, on-site operation and technical support For more information, visit http://www.es-cat.com.

Cat Entertainment Services Powers Hangout Music Festival

May 14, 2015 16:03

When the Hangout Music Festival kicks off tomorrow, Cat Entertainment Services will be powering the performances.

Approximately 45,000 people are expected to attend the three-day music festival held on the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Founded in 2010, Hangout features performances by some of the biggest names in music. This year’s lineup includes: Foo Fighters, Paramore, Zac Brown Band, Beck, and many more.

This marks the fourth year Cat Entertainment Services has served as the exclusive temporary power and temperature control provider for Hangout. Cat Entertainment Services technicians have been busy installing all of the power generation equipment necessary to power all of the festivals’ stages and venues. 

Cat Entertainment Services Powers The Players Tournament

May 13, 2015 12:29

As temperatures soared into the upper 80’s in Ponte Vedra, Cat Entertainment Services kept spectators cool and comfortable while they witnessed an impressive finish for Rickie Fowler at THE PLAYERS® Championship.

Cat Entertainment Services was tasked with powering all of the air conditioning for the hospitality and sponsor tents throughout the tournament. More than 100 units were required to keep guest cool and comfortable. Additionally, Cat Entertainment Services was tasked with powering scoreboards, TVs and lighting.

Five technicians remained onsite throughout the tournament to ensure flawless operation.

Cat Entertainment Services is a worldwide provider of temporary power generation, distribution and temperature control equipment for the entertainment industry with headquarters in St. Augustine, Fla.  CES is committed to providing high-quality customer service and maintaining unsurpassed standards of excellence. As a division of Ring Power®, Cat Entertainment Services has the backing of the global Cat support network and the Cat Rental Power network to ensure it exceeds its clients’ expectations. For more information, visit http://www.es-cat.com.

 

CES Powers Up Coachella

May 01, 2015 13:33

For two weekends in April, Cat Entertainment Services powered up The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — one of the biggest music and arts festivals in the world.

The 2015 Coachella festival took place April 10-12 and again April 17-19 at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California and featured many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. This year’s headliners included AC/DC, Drake, and Jack White, Florence and the Machine, Kaskade, and many more.

More than half a million people attended the festival during the six day period. 

Cat Entertainment Services was tasked with powering the entire festival’s 6 stages, art installations , artist compounds , air conditioned VIP tents, production compounds , guest RV compounds for the stars, VIP camping tents , food and beverage, sponsor air conditioned tents, live TV broadcasts , medical tents, police stations , 526 individually lit Palm trees, restaurants, entrances , ticket booths and living quarter cabins for workers.

Load-in began March 31, requiring the installation of more than 90 generators to power the entire festival — from performance stages, art installations, artist compounds, air-conditioned VIP and sponsor tents, production and broadcast compounds, RV compounds and VIP camping tents to food and beverage stands, medical tents, police stations, lighting facilities, restaurants, ticket booths and workers’ living quarters. A team of approximately 19 CES techs from LA, Orlando and Dallas remained onsite throughout the festival to ensure flawless operation on all fronts.

As soon as Coachella came to an end, the CES technician team began rearranging the equipment on the same site for a completely different festival scheduled to open the very next weekend!

In just a few days, the CES team had managed to reinstall all of the temporary equipment necessary to ensure Stagecoach went off without a hitch. In addition to powering the festival stages, CES delivered and installed the power to 930 RVs — 560 50-amp vehicles plus 370 30-amp vehicles — in less than 36 hours. 

Cat Entertainment Services Powers 2015 MTV Movie Awards

April 15, 2015 08:46

Sunday, April 12, some of the biggest names in Hollywood descended upon the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA., for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards.

Delivery and installation of power generation equipment began April 1 — long before stars arrived to walk the red carpet.

Away from the glitz and glamour of the red carpet a team of seven Cat Entertainment Services’ technicians worked diligently behind the scenes to ensure a flawless broadcast of the 23rd annual awards show.

In additions to powering the main broadcast to millions of homes, CES was also responsible for powering the red carpet, press area and several online elements.

For more than a decade Cat Entertainment Services has been providing temporary power and technical services for the MTV Movie Awards.

 

Cat® Entertainment Services and CBS Sports Team Up for NCAA Tournament Coverage

March 30, 2015 10:57

 

Cat® Entertainment Services (CES), a global provider of temporary power and temperature control solutions, recently teamed up with CBS Sports to supply temporary backup power for their coverage of the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament.

Cat XQ175 Diesel Power Generators were utilized to supply CBS Sports’ broadcast trucks with reliable backup power. CES technicians remained onsite throughout each game to ensure flawless performance.

Cat Entertainment Services’ experienced professionals provide turnkey power generation, distribution and high-volume temperature control solutions to meet the requirements of the entertainment and event production industries. CES is committed to providing high-quality customer service and maintaining unsurpassed standards of excellence. For more information, visit http://www.es-cat.com

The momentum of the global event supplier industry

March 27, 2015 08:46

Executives of global event suppliers worldwide came together in Derbyshire (UK) to hold the first Conference and General Assembly of the Association of Global Event Suppliers (AGES). Governmental bodies such as the IOC and experts speaking at the first AGES Conference confirmed the right timing and expressed their full support to the initiative of this growing industry.

The industry gathering 

For the first time members, associate members and experts came together in Derbyshire (UK), March 2 and 3 to discuss about the challenges and opportunities for temporary infrastructures and demountable venues for large events. The event was organized by the Association of Global Event Suppliers and hosted by Eve Trakway.

The momentum

Martin Kallen, Director of UEFA Operations Division & EURO 2016 SAS CEO, who was speaking about the business opportunities for the coming UEFA EURO 2016 event in France reinforced the importance of temporary infrastructure for the operation of large events. The demand of such venue infrastructure for media, security, logistics, hospitality and fan zones is increasing from event to event. Kallen explained that the suppliers need to fulfil high selection criteria’s. Quality, reliability and the innovation capacity are key, he said.

Also, Xavier Becker, Head of Venues, Infrastructure & Services at the IOC made an outlook for the industry based on the recently adopted Olympic Agenda 2020. He expressed the full support to the industry and explained that the IOC wants to actively promote the use of existing and temporary infrastructure to contribute to more sustainable and cost effective solutions. Furthermore the IOC wishes to develop the awareness regarding temporary infrastructure and to promote an earlier engagement with the suppliers market. On the other hand, Becker wishes the industry to develop innovative solutions, also thinking about new reusable large facilities to provide more flexibility for organizers.

Active promotion and education

Daniel Cordey, chairman, wants AGES to become the platform for the industry and establish both a framework and forums to become an integrated part of the delivery solution for all key stake holders. AGES will approach governmental bodies and organizers who are challenged to find appropriate solutions to explain the huge possibilities of the industry and to help develop true legacy plans for their events.

Growing Membership

Founded by 18 members in June 2014, the Association of Global Event Suppliers has almost doubled in size. Guy Lodge, an honorary member of AGES who has been involved in three major events in Russia, Scotland and Brazil states: “Looking down the growing list of members it is very encouraging to see the incredible level of event expertise assembled around one table. It drives home the challenges that the industry faces, around budget pressures, varying procurement practices and regulatory compliance”.

About AGES

The Association of Global Event Suppliers (AGES) is a none-for-profit-making organization based in Switzerland which has been formed to become the label for quality and reliability for temporary infrastructure works for major events.

The members are market leaders of the international event suppliers industry and front runners in the development of new products and services. Together they annually deliver services and works for close to 1.5 Billion EUR.

AGES wants to address the capabilities of the industry to governmental bodies, key stakeholders and organizers of large sports events and to develop together suitable standards and procedures to facilitate interaction and to obtain cost-effective infrastructure solutions for future events.

For more information, please visit www.ages.international or contact Daniel Cordey, Chairman of AGES at info@ages.international or by telephone +41 79 407 06 06.

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