[EVENT RECAP] University of Pennsylvania 2016 Commencements

Mountain Productions has proudly been staging the University of Pennsylvania Commencement ceremonies and Wharton School graduations for the past several years. The iconic outdoor commencement has a unique look that UPenn has been using for over 10 years. Located in Franklin Field, the graduation ceremony takes place on outdoor decking flanked by two scaffold walls that are adorned with custom printed softgoods.

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[EVENT RECAP] Ellie Goulding at Sands Casino

Mountain Productions set up a SAM-550 mobile stage with scaffold add-on wings along with additional support structures at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA for pop music star Ellie Goulding. The Steel Stacks at Bethlehem stand tall behind the main stage and provide a breathtaking view that is unique to the venue. For the past several years, Mountain Productions has built a Hercules Grid System in front of the Steel Stacks for the annual Musikfest (read our 2015 recap here).

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[FEATURED PRODUCT] Petzl’s VERTEX VENT Helmet

Earlier this week we showcased Dirty Rigger’s Venta-Cool Summer Rigger Gloves as a great protective product to invest in for the summer heat. Today we’re focusing on Petzl’s VERTEX® VENT helmet—a popular safety helmet that provides 10 ventilation holes for maximum breathability (another excellent warm weather safety product).

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[EVENT RECAP] UNC Commencement

Each year, Mountain Productions is proud to be involved in several university commencements throughout the country, providing staging, flooring, seating and more. The University of North Carolina celebrated their 2016 commencement ceremony this past weekend, and our crew built the main stage area for the event.

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10 Lanyard Hook Styles from DBI-SALA

DBI-SALA® has perfected the design and construction of safety lanyards. Their offering includes shock absorbing lanyards, positioning lanyards, tie-back lanyards, arc flash lanyards and more in single and twin leg options and in an assortment of materials. No matter what scenario you find yourself in at height, DBI-SALA has you covered.

An important element of safety lanyards is the hook. DBI-SALA’s patented snap hooks are ANSI Z359 compliant and are sought after for their one-handed easy operation. (No more pinched thumbs or fingers!) These hooks are tested and proven to provide superior strength and security—2 things you’re going to want when working high up in the air.

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[STAGING SPOTLIGHT] The SL-320 Mobile Stage

One of our most popular mobile stage units is the SL-320, as it combines strength with the efficiency of quick setup and tear down. We’ve built the SL-320 to stand as the main stage as well as side stages to large festivals all throughout the country.

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Pocono Downs Summer Series / SL-320

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Duchess County Fair / SL-320

The SL-320 can be completely built by 8 competent operators, and takes roughly 4 hours. Safety and training is a must, but with a qualified crew (2 certified technicians and 6 stagehands), the SL-320 can be driven into position and setup with ample time for your sound check and production load in.

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[FEATURED PRODUCT] Dirty Rigger’s Venta-Cool™ Summer Rigger Gloves

Before the summer heat kicks in full force, be prepared onsite with a pair of breathable rigging gloves. Our featured product is Dirty Rigger’s Venta-Cool™ Summer Rigger Glove. Production calls require long hours and a lot of hands on labor, which can take its toll throughout the day. Dirty Rigger’s Venta-Cool Summer Rigger Gloves allow for hand cooling airflow via high ventilation materials on the backside of the glove. This results in heat being pulled away from the core, keeping your hands cool and ready to work. The Venta-Cool Summer Rigger Gloves provide roughly 80% more airflow than the other gloves in Dirty Rigger’s inventory.

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[FEATURED PRODUCT] Exofit NEX™ Rope Access & Rescue Blackout Harness

We showed you the Petzl AVAO BOD FAST International safety harness earlier this week—today we’re highlighting the Exofit NEX™ Rope Access & Rescue Harness from DBI-SALA. The leaders in fall protection and safety equipment have multiple lines and brands of harnesses, each serving its own specific industry needs. The Exofit NEX brand represents some of the highest quality harnesses available and is backed by ongoing research, premium materials, and a laundry list of ergonomic features with the user in mind.

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[Q+A] Insight with the Experts – Kevin Rinaldi-Young and Leica Geosystems

“When all think alike, then no one is thinking.”

—Walter Lippman

What equipment do you use to verify your measurements, perform site surveys and chalk out rigging points? Chances are, one of the items in your mind is a tape measurer. Accuracy and precision are so critical that if even the slightest measurement is off, disaster can strike. What if there was a way to rethink the way we take and record measurements that would ensure the most precise data?

If you’ve asked this question in the past, we’re happy to have the answer. Partnering with Leica Geosystems, Mountain Productions proudly offers their DISTO laser distance meters and LINO laser levels.

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[STAGING SPOTLIGHT] Onstage VIP Platforms

VIP platforms are great additions to any event or festival and creates special sightlines and exclusive benefits for VIP guests. We specialize in a variety of types of VIP platforms and risers, and this week’s Staging Spotlight focuses on our onstage and “floating” VIP platforms.

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Mountain Productions specializes in staging, and we work hard to make sure each of our stage systems is loaded with as many features and capabilities as possible.

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