WASHINGTON (January 21, 2009) – Thanks to Aggreko, a live audience of two million people in Washington and millions more worldwide witnessed yesterday’s historic inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. Aggreko, the leader in rental power, temperature control and oil-free compressed air solutions, provided the temporary power and heating systems for nearly all of the Inauguration events, telecasts, and related security needs. Aggreko has provided power and temperature control for the last three Presidential Inaugurations.
“It was an honor to be able to help people around the country, and indeed the world, witness this significant day,” said George Long, Aggreko Event Services Senior Project Manager. “This was perhaps one of the biggest events in history which had to be planned and installed in such a short amount of time. Aggreko’s team of experienced technicians worked extended hours in below freezing temperatures, dealt with virtually every client request and came through with flying colors.”
Aggreko provided the power and heat for virtually every element of the inauguration and surrounding events, beginning with the Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial that was broadcast by HBO; the press tents, audio delays and security at the National Mall; and the VIP area at Lafayette Park. In addition, Aggreko powered the press areas, video and audio components along the parade route, the Armed Forces Security screening area at the Pentagon, the ABC and CNN telecasts, and several inaugural balls.
Literally tons of equipment were necessary for a series of events of this magnitude. In all, Aggreko provided:
- Enough electricity to power 350,000 medium-sized American homes
- Enough heat for 250,000 medium-sized homes
- 35 miles of cable, or nearly enough to stretch from Washington, DC to Baltimore
- More than 30 experienced Aggreko technicians from across North America
The company sourced equipment from their nationwide network of service centers, and began installation on Wednesday, January 7th. Aggreko’s crew has already begun removing equipment and plans to have all generators and heat sources out by Saturday, January 24th.
Powering the 2009 Presidential Inauguration had its share of challenges, but Aggreko’s team of seasoned professionals was up to the task.
“I’m very proud of our crew and what we’ve been able to achieve in so little time,” said Daryl Benz, Northeast Region Event Coordinator. “Certainly the eyes of the world were on us and there was no room for error. There was a different inaugural team and government agency for each event, from the Inaugural concert to the swearing in. Aggreko was able to provide consultation and coordinate with each venue’s representatives to provide textbook execution throughout.”
Aggreko was involved in the Presidential campaign from the beginning of the primary season, having been responsible for providing rental power and temperature control for several key events, including election night festivities in Chicago’s Grant Park, all three presidential debates and the national conventions. In addition, Aggreko was chosen by the Obama campaign for several rallies, including three that featured singer Bruce Springsteen.
Aggreko has a long history of powering the most high-profile events in the world, including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2008 Ryder Cup, and National Football League’s Championship games. Aggreko has been chosen to be the exclusive rental power supplier to the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.
Aggreko plc is the global leader in the rental of power, temperature control and oil-free compressed air systems. Aggreko provides 24/7 availability and service support with approximately 3000 employees operating from over 120 locations. In 2007 we served customers in 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately USD $1.4b. Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L) and headquartered in Scotland. For more information, please access the company website at www.aggreko.com/northamerica.