Houston (April 6, 2011) – Aggreko, the global leader in rental power and temperature control solutions, for the fifth consecutive year provided large-scale power generation for various local festivities surrounding the NCAA Men’s Final Four. The long-awaited 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship national semifinals and national championship took place on April 2 and 4 at Reliant Stadium as thousands celebrated in the Houston area.
Aggreko provided enough electricity to surrounding events to power 400 average-size homes. This included the Tip-Off Tailgate presented by Infiniti in Reliant Stadium’s Blue Lot and The Big Dance, a music festival and pep rally held at Discovery Green, a large outdoor park in downtown Houston. To create an enjoyable space for the fans, the Aggreko team designed the power setup and cable distribution to be safely contained, and away from public areas. The company’s highly trained staff installed equipment and approximately three miles of cable, as well as supervised operating equipment used for power distribution at the event.
“Such large-scale events require detailed planning and coordination and major event experience,” said Gary Meador, Head of National Event Services, Aggreko North America. “NCAA and Aggreko have made a great team on this massive project.”
The entire project took the Aggreko technical crew seven days, from preparation and installation to dismantling the equipment upon completion.
As the world leader in temporary power solutions, Aggreko was specifically chosen to power the celebration festivities of the NCAA Men’s Final Four games due to their successful track record with the NCAA as well as the rental company’s involvement in other major events, such as the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the 2009 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.
Aggreko plc is the world leader in the supply of temporary power and temperature control solutions. Aggreko employs over 3,800 people operating from 148 locations. In 2010 we served customers in about 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately £1.2bn (USD $1.9bn or Euros €1.4bn). Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L), is a member of the FTSE-100 index, and is headquartered in Scotland. For more information, please visit the company website at http://www.aggreko.com/
Aggreko provides power and temperature control solutions to customers who need them either very quickly, or for a short or indeterminate length of time. Examples would be the supply of power to an industrial site which needs to service its permanent power supply, supplying a whole city in times of power shortage, or providing a major sporting event with power and cooling systems. We serve our customers either through our 148 service centers, which we call the Local Business, or globally through our International Power Projects business.
In the local business, which accounts for about half of our revenues, we hire our equipment to customers, who then operate it for themselves, although we retain responsibility for servicing and maintaining it. In the International Power Projects business, which also accounts for about half of our revenues, we operate as a power producer. We install and operate power plants and we charge our customers both for providing the generating capacity, and for the electricity we produce. We design and manufacture equipment specifically for these requirements in our factory in Dumbarton, Scotland.
Recent customers include the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the power utilities in over 50 countries including the UK, France, Angola, Kenya, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil and the USA.
In 2010 we fulfilled almost 40,000 customer’s assignments and when researched, 68% of them gave us a recommendation of 9 or 10 out of 10.
For more information, please visit the company website at: www.aggreko.com/northamerica/
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 430,000 student-athletes at more than 1,200 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in 89 NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.NCAA.org and www.NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions - AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola - and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners - Enterprise, The Hartford, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Planters, Reese’s, Unilever and UPS.
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For more information contact:
Catie Jenschke, Ward Creative Communications
Amy Stine, Communications Specialist, Aggreko LLC
Simon Lyons, Global Director of Marketing & Communication, Aggreko Plc
Tel: + 44 141 2255900