ESTA (the Entertainment Services and Technology Association) recently announced the finalists for the 2004 Manufacturers' Choice Awards.

Those finalists are:

Earl Girls, Indianapolis Stage Sales & Rentals, and Murphy Lighting Systems in the category of dealers with 1-6 employees.

Parlights, Production Advantage, and StageLight in the category of dealers with 7-25 employees.

Barbizon Lighting Company, Stage Equipment & Lighting and Vincent Lighting Systems in the category of dealers with over 25 employees.

The Manufacturers' Choice Dealers of the Year Awards offer ESTA's Manufacturer Members the opportunity to publicly recognize those dealers that "just do it right". These awards recognize superior performance in four main areas: Staff, Sales and Marketing, Inventory and Financial Responsibility. In voting on these awards, manufacturers are asked to consider such areas as staff knowledge and professionalism, ability to generate new orders and to follow up on leads provided, product promotion, customer service, and inventory.

The Awards are currently in their second round of balloting and the winner in each category will be announced at ESTA's Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony to be held in conjunction with the ETS-LDI 2004 show on Thursday, October 21st. The winners will also be acknowledged during the ETS-LDI 2004 awards ceremony on Saturday, October 23rd.

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) is one of the world’s leading trade organizations for the entertainment technology industry. Its 450 members in the United States and around the world work in all areas of the industry and include dealers, manufacturers, reps, service and production companies, scenic houses, designers, and consultants. ESTA is a co-sponsor of the Entertainment Technology Show-LDI, and is a member of the World Entertainment Technology Federation.