2016 Will Be Gone In A Flash
The holidays bring about a time for us all to hit the reset button at Chance Rides. Our factory is closed between Christmas and New Years so that we may spend a little extra time with our families, perform some building maintenance and get prepared for the demands of the upcoming spring deliveries. Before we start shutting down for the year I want to take a moment to look back on the year we’ve had.
Gone But Never Forgotten
First I will address what was clearly the most difficult part of our year. The passing of our beloved president Michael Chance was a huge shock to all of us. At IAAPA this year we gave our customers, colleagues and friends an opportunity to write down their memories of Michael to share with the family. Those memories were collected following the show and shared with his family during their Thanksgiving gathering. It has been an honor to see, hear and feel just how loved Michael was among this industry.
The first big trade show that Chance Rides participates in every year is the Asian Expo. This year the event was in Shanghai. It was well traveled and our sales team managed to gather many leads on custom carousels, flat rides and C.P. Huntington trains. We will be exhibiting at AAE 2017 next June in Singapore.
In September our show focus moves to the animals. The Association for Zoos and Aquariums is a great partner to Chance Rides and we exhibit at their trade show so that we can educate zoos and aquariums on ways to add revenue producing attractions to their facilities. In 2017 we will be installing new carousels and trains at the Mesker Park Zoo, and the Ecotarium as well as several other opportunities still pending.
For the amusement industry our largest and most productive trade show of the year is the IAAPA Expo held every November in Orlando, FL. We send a full team of executives, sales managers, engineers and marketers to meet, greet and promote all that Chance Rides has to offer. As the largest ride manufacturer in North America it is difficult to tell our story in one show floor but we do our best to take a sampling of our latest and greatest offerings. This year we had on display our renovated Zipper ride seat that now features an over-the-shoulder harness and a clear-view door. We also had the pleasure of working with SeaWorld to unveil one of their newest rides the Ocean Explorer. In the booth we displayed a scale model of the ride vehicle that is still in development at the factory to incorporate some all new technology. The ride will be an interactive experience for the guests and SeaWorld will use it as a fun way to educate their guests on the wonders of the ocean. And we are expanding our Ferris wheel offering including 2 more wheel sizes that will feature enclosed cabins for an observation experience. In our booth we had on display the gondola for the DGW 35 and the DGW 45 named for being 35 and 45 meters tall, respectively.
The show was successful for us in capturing many new leads and completing some deals in progress. We look forward to all that 2017 has to offer.
We return from IAAPA in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with all of our families and then turn back around to Las Vegas where we attend the Showmen’s League of America trade show. The SLA show is a much more intimate experience than IAAPA and it is a chance to spend time with carnival operators that either don’t attend IAAPA or don’t have time to see every manufacturer there. The event is held in the convention center at the Bally’s hotel and allows for several vendors to set up in small booth with just a table and chairs. This event gave us even more people that are interested in the redesigned Zipper seat as well as a few of the other classic Chance portable rides. We also have a couple of opportunities that we are exploring with the new enclosed gondola wheels (DGW35 & DGW45).
We will finish 2016 strong and come back refreshed after an extended break with the family so that we can hit all of our pending spring deliveries. We look forward to working with you in 2017 and beyond.