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Orlando’s I.A.T.S.E. Local 835 Open Training Center

I.A.T.S.E. Local 835, the stagehand’s union, opened the doors of their first ever Training Center and new offices in sunny Orlando.

Florida politicians and convention employers attended a VIP preview of the offices on May 14, showcasing their upgraded offices and state-of-the-art training facility.

Mark Hardter“Wow” and “amazing” were words most heard, according to 835 business representative, Mark Hardter (pictured right), a 30-plus year convention veteran. “This has been a long-time goal of ours, and we are so happy to have achieved it,” he says.

While the pandemic shut down the convention industry, I.A.T.S.E. Local 835 used that time to move and grow!

“We understand the value of training and skills. We strive to give our workers the skills the convention industry needs,” continues Hardter, “and as those needs change, so must we.”

The multibillion-dollar convention industry is starting to come back to life, and Orlando and all its supporting cast are ready to run!

I.A.T.S.E. Local 835 is a labor union representing the dedicated men and women who move the freight, lay the carpets, hang the drapes, set the furnishings, fly the signs, and install the exhibits for essentially every trade show in Orlando and throughout Central Florida. Their talented people perform at the highest levels, delivering an unparalleled experience for convention goers and exhibitors. IATSE members know quality workmanship. For more than 125 years, Local 835 members have delivered in every aspect, encompassing conventions, tradeshows, film, television, theater and corporate stage production. Their rigorous training and skills certification provides unsurpassed quality, which ensures your show’s greatest success. For more info, visit www.iatse835.org.

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