It’s already been a happy and prosperous New Year for Dartmouth, NS’ Tour Tech East, which began 2012 not only with its annual All-Access Trade Show and fundraising party for the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia (ACNS), but also with the acquisition of a brand-new 225,000 sq. ft. headquarters at 180 Thornhill Dr. in Dartmouth.
The company closed the sale of the new building, located next door to its previous headquarters at 170 Thornhill Dr., in December 2011 and had moved its office staff over for the foot of 2012. The single-level facility sits on 8 acres of land, covering 7.3 of them. Combined with its previous headquarters, which the company will retain for use as studio space, Tour Tech East now occupies 11 acres in Dartmouth’s Burnside Industrial Park, just across the harbour from Halifax.
“This will help us departmentalize things and enhance our shipping process,” begins the company’s President, Peter Hendrickson. “We’re expanding our service department and have a much more functional space for all of our operations.” Though plenty of equipment and personnel have already been relocated to the new facility, it’s currently undergoing a revamp to its infrastructure that will undoubtedly last several months, in part to decrease the building’s environmental footprint.
One particularly notable development is that, with the new space, the company will be able to host a 5,000 sq. ft. “express area” for smaller rentals to keep them separate from the more elaborate touring department. “Most of our exhibitors from the All Access show were looking forward to that,” Hendrickson notes, “as we can now dedicate an area to showcasing new products while servicing clients more efficiently.”
Despite being amidst the move, Tour Tech hosted its annual All Access trade show January 26-27, 2012 in its now-secondary facility, welcoming hundreds of professionals from the audio, lighting, video, and production industries to check out the latest offerings from over 30 exhibiting companies. The event was also comprised of several educational seminars, covering the areas of broadcast; commercial A/V and distribution; staging, lighting, and audio; and websites and social media.
The show was very well received by both attendees and exhibitors, with KAD Fabrications’ Adrian Plant saying: “I’ve done a lot of trade shows over the last 20 years, and this is the way they should be done. Having the support of Tour Tech’s staff, being so willing and capable, is a big asset. Trade shows are about people connecting, and I think Peter has this one nailed. He’s doing it right.”
Saturday, January 28 was the night of Tour Tech’s annual fundraising party for ACNS, which welcomed over 2,000 people throughout the night for great entertainment provided by Kim Mitchell, Platinum Blonde, Chalk Circle, and plenty of east-coast touring acts, all benefitting from a top-shelf production set-up. Though the total raised has yet to be announced, Hendrickson notes this year’s event was one of the most successful to date.
For more information, contact Tour Tech East: 902-468-2800, www.tourtecheast.com, www.allaccessshow.com.