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ETC is a global leader in the manufacture of lighting and rigging technology for entertainment and architectural applications.

Founded in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1975, ETC began with the passionate belief that there was a better way to make a lighting control console. A small group of university students challenged themselves to create a microprocessor-based console that out-performed other boards on the market at the time. They made one and eventually sold their technology to a major industry company.

One of the students, Fred Foster, never stopped dreaming. He built the brand and company into the reality it is now: an award-winning corporation that supplies lighting fixtures, lighting-control systems, rigging equipment, architectural systems, power-control products, and networking gear to millions of customers worldwide.

ETC products are found in venues all over the world, including theatres, restaurants, schools, performing arts centres, television studios, houses of worship, casinos, museums, theme parks, sporting arenas, and opera houses.

Over the years, ETC has grown through product development and acquisitions to include 1000 employees working around the globe. Its international headquarters is located in Middleton, Wisconsin, with additional offices in Mazomanie (Wisconsin), New York, Hollywood, Orlando, Squamish (Canada), Hong Kong, Ede (the Netherlands), Rome, London, Berlin and Holzkirchen (Germany).

Since its beginning, ETC's mantra has been ‘The show must go on.’ That's why the company has earned an industry reputation for unmatched technical and customer service. In addition to its own renowned service department offering 24/7/365 phone support, ETC has more than 250 authorised service centres throughout the world, staffed by hundreds of certified technicians.

For a detailed timeline of ETC’s history, product development, milestones, and awards, please visit



Harbin Opera House, China

The breathtaking Harbin Opera House in China consists of two performance spaces within a beautifully sinuous complex. The lighting for the public facing portions of the complex is controlled via ETC's Unison Paradigm system. A full complement of ETC theatrical lighting equipment and controls outfits the two theatres.


Hudson Theatre Broadway

Following an extensive restoration project, Broadway's Hudson Theatre officially reopened its doors in 2017, following a 49 year hiatus. As part of the significant backstage and technical upgrades, ETC's architectural products married the venue's 1902 infrastructure and cutting-edge technology to meet the lighting demands of a 21st century theatre.


The Oprah Winfrey Theater, Washington DC

The Oprah Winfrey Theater in the National Museum of African American History & Culture is a forum for performers, artists, educators, authors, musicians, filmmakers and opinion leaders. To support its broad range of uses, the venue includes a comprehensive package of ETC architectural and theatrical lighting controls and fixtures.

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