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Former ETS leader Coe forms Event Construction Services

Barry (also known as Chris) Coe, formerly head of Los Angeles-based Event Technical Services, has formed a new event support services company—Event Construction Services. According to Coe, his new firm, also based in Los Angeles, will offer all support services related to electrical power distribution, temporary flooring, scaffolding (including pool scaffolding) and stages.

As reported in Special Events Magazine, ETS was caught up in the failure of Academy Event Services, also parent of Academy Tent & Canvas, in February.

Joining Coe in ECS are former ETS staffers Ben Conant, who serves as general manager, and Adrian Velasquez, who will take the post of senior project manager. Coe serves as ECS president.

Coe told Special Events Magazine that ECS will focus operations in California, Arizona and Nevada. The company is actively stocking up new equipment: “I didn’t buy the assets of ETS formally because we can better serve the custom needs of our clients with new and innovative equipment,” Coe said. “We are also developing new products that are going to be beneficial to the industry.”

His other company—Coe Electric—will assist event clients of ECS as new regulations go into effect in California beginning Jan. 1, when the state’s building code will be upgraded to require that all electrical connection work be done by licensed master electricians, according to Coe.

ECS can be reached at 310/826-2500.

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