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by Michael J. Shapiro | August 12, 2016

GES, the trade-show and event-services provider, has acquired audiovisual production company ON Event Services, which provides audio, video, lighting, mapping and scenic design for events. ON Event Services also produces high-end entertainment events and handles the in-house A/V services for many hotels, arenas and convention centers. 

The deal broadens the scope of what GES can offer clients in terms of audiovisual and production services. "We selected the business of ON Event Services because of its expertise in high-end A/V production and extensive library of A/V technologies," explained Steve Moster, president of GES and president and CEO of its parent company, Viad Corp. "The extensive event production capabilities of the business of ON Event Services perfectly complement GES' core live-event services for corporate events, exhibitions and conferences."

The acquired company will be known as ON Services, a GES Company. ON president Stan Milner will continue in that role and report directly to Moster. Currently, ON Services works with more than 1,000 events per year, in industries such as technology, automotive, and oil and gas. The company is the preferred in-house provider of A/V services for more than 30 venues and six major concert facilities. With this acquisition, GES now handles more than 85 facilities around the world.