Congratulations to Brett Zellers

Brett ZellersBrett Zellers has accepted a position as Account Executive for our sister company Blue Pony. In his new role, Brett will help clients with interactive media, projection mapping, mobile design solutions, and much more.

“I’m am so very thankful to have built so many friendships in this industry during the past 15 years. It has been a true blessing.” said Brett.

Congratulations Brett!

UL Certification Ensures Safety and Reliability

AVID Labs’ first priorities are the safety and reliability of our products distributed by Apollo Design. A product may meet every design specification but that doesn’t ensure the product is safe. You could design an amazing flamethrower to melt snow but there will most likely be huge safety issues.

To ensure our products are properly designed for both safety and functionality, all of our mains voltage products go through the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification process.
UL is one of the oldest testing agencies in the country and writes most of the electrical safety standards for lighting products accepted in the US. UL is authorized by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a certification mark. UL certification means the product has been tested and determined it meets UL’s requirements. These requirements are based primarily on UL’s published and nationally recognized Standards for Safety.

Product_AVERE_5_Optional_AThe first step of UL certification occurs during the design stage when the applicable UL class is identified. For example a lighting product maybe classified under UL1598 (a standard for luminaries). The design team ensures the relevant points of the Standard are incorporated into the design specifications. After the initial design, a 3D printed version of the product undergoes an in-house review where the design is assessed against the Standards to ensure the final product will be compliant. We often perform our own tests beyond the requirements to confirm the safety, performance and quality of the design. For example, we test our submersible products by immersing them in a tank four times longer than the Standards require.

Once the design passes our extensive in-house testing, a small production run is made and the manufactured product is put through the in-house testing protocol again. The product is then ready to submit to UL for testing certification. UL provides third-party inspection to ensure the product is safe, suitable for the market (Canada/USA), is appropriate for the intended installation, has long term suitability, and meets essential legal requirements such as radiated or conducted emissions (limits placed by the FCC in the USA). 

The UL Mark is the single most accepted Certification Mark in the United States. To determine if a product is UL certified, look on the product for a holographic sticker that includes the UL logo and the E-file number.

AVERE 6UL isn’t done once the product is certified. UL performs regular on-site audits to ensure standards and regulations continue to be met. The auditor is available for questions and advice if minor changes are required. This third-party review challenges our manufacturing processes and ensures we use high quality components that carry the UL mark.

Third-party certifications are both expensive and time-consuming. However to customers, distributors and retailers, a certification mark means they can be confident they are purchasing a product that has been evaluated by an accredited independent organization for safety, reliability and quality. The product is truly up to par.

The AVERE line of fixtures by AVID Labs holds third-party certifications. To learn more about our fixtures, review the features or contact an Apollo dealer.

Alex Tollington – MEng, CEng, MICE, M.ASCE
Design/Engineering Manager

Press Release – Promotions/New Hires

Tammy Paul
Accounting Supervisor

Tammy Paul

Tammy Paul has been promoted to Accounting Supervisor, announced Apollo Design Technology, Inc. In this role, she will supervise the administration and accounting controls of the organization.

Paul’s career spans over 21 years in accounting. She has been employed at Apollo Design for over 16 years and held various roles in operations and finance. She attended Ivy Tech Community College – Fort Wayne and Purdue North Central. Mr. Joel Nichols, president of Apollo Design Technology said, “Congratulations on being part of Apollo for so many years and the well-deserved promotion. Tammy knows so much of what we do and how we do it. Her leadership in this new role will be invaluable.”

I have enjoyed working at Apollo and watching the company grow. I am honored to help lead a great Accounting team and to be a part of this Apollo family. I look forward to contributing to Apollo’s continued success.” Paul said.

Kimberly Muller
Staff Accountant

Kim Muller

Apollo Design Technology, Inc. announces the appointment of Kimberly Muller as Staff Account. In this role, Muller will help with processing, recording, updating and reconciling fiscal information in compliance with established policies.

Prior to joining Apollo Design Technology, Muller was Accounting Specialist at FIC America Corp. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. “We welcome Kim to the Apollo team. Kim does an excellent job of “getting it right” and is a key member of our accounting department.” said Mr. Joel Nichols, president of Apollo Design Technology.

Apollo’s family-oriented culture makes it a great place to work. My co-workers are very enjoyable to work with and have helped me immensely.” Muller said.

Winning at Local Design Contest

This past weekend, our Art Director, Tracie Schmidt and her husband, Don, won the 2015 Chalk Walk’s 2016 T-Shirt Design. It took about 7 hours to complete their award-winning design. In 2016, their design will be featured on t-shirts, bags and other gear for the event. Marla Laurer and her son, Malcolm, along with a team from our sister company, Blue Pony, also participated in the event.

Winner of the 2015 Chalk Walk’s 2016 T-Shirt Design

USITT Midwest Regional Theatre Visits Apollo Design

We recently hosted a tour of our facilities and walkthrough of our gobo making process with USITT Midwest Regional Theatre. We had a great time sharing how we make it happen!

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Press Release – New Hires

Shane Delagrange
Shipping Specialist

Shane DelagrangeApollo Design Technology, Inc. announces the appointment of Shane Delagrange as Shipping Specialist. In this role, Delagrange will coordinate the packing and shipping of products ensuring quality standards are met with cost effective delivery.

Prior to joining Apollo Design Technology, Delagrange worked as a printing press operator and in the shipping and receiving industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University. “Shane brings a lot to the table and will help insure every order goes out on time.” Mr. Joel Nichols, President of Apollo Design Technology said.

When I heard about a position in a company that works with lasers and uses 3-D printing, I didn’t hesitate to apply. It’s a pleasure to work for a company that’s innovative and growing.” Delagrange said.

Emily Contreras
Production Technician

Emily ContrerasApollo Design Technology, Inc. announces the appointment of Emily Contreras as Production Technician. In this role, Contreras will operate the high precision laser machines to produce metal and glass gobos.

Prior to joining Apollo Design, Contreras worked as a graphic designer. She holds an associate’s degree in visual communications from ITT Technical Institute, Fort Wayne. “It’s great to have Emily on board in our production area. She has a strong eye for detail and a great team attitude.” Mr. Joel Nichols, President of Apollo Design Technology said.

Apollo is an exciting place to work. The people are great and always willing to help. Apollo Design feels like a big family.” Contreras said.

The Art of Infographics

Check out this infographic video about the recent New York prison break from our sister company Blue Pony. A great way to present a lot of information, data or knowledge quickly and clearly. If you’d like to have one created, they can make a video for your company too! Drop them a call at 260.969.1020 or fill out their contact form.

Win $250: Submit a Photo of an Apollo Gobo In Use

Submit photo(s) of Apollo gobos projected at an event, theater production, party, wedding, installation etc… and be entered to win $250. Review the information below for entry details and complete rules.

Submit a photo like this 50th anniversary logo for a chance to win $250!

Submit a photo like this 50th anniversary logo for a chance to win $250!


How to Enter

  • Email photo(s) to
  • Include Your Name, Business Name, Phone Number, Email Address, Company Web address, Gobo Pattern Name/Number and the Name of the Event.


  • You may submit multiple photos. Each Gobo Pattern / Location equal one entry.
  • Your company will be credited with a link to your website.
  • The gobo may be a custom or standard pattern. The Gobo Pattern/Number must be provided.
  • The gobo must be projected and show the environment.
  • Photographs must be in high-resolution digital format.
  • By entering the contest, you are giving Apollo Design Technology, Inc. permission to use your photograph in web and promotional materials.
  • Winner is chosen by random drawing.
  • The award is $250 in Apollo product at MSRP or a Visa gift card, your choice.
  • The contest runs May 19 – June 10, 2015. All entries must be received by 4:00 PM ET on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
  • No purchase necessary to enter to win.

Transparent Touch Screen Product Reveal

Blue Pony, our sister company, has been up to some fun stuff! Check out a recent project where they created a Transparent Touch Screen experience for a new product reveal.

Transparent Touch Screen Product Reveal

More Mustard for Your Money – Gel Inventory Reduction

It’s time to fire up the grill! Pick up More Mustard for your upcoming events or check out this month’s colors at:

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