May 18, 2011
-- On Friday, May 20th there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Bedford Heights Elementary School in Bedford, Texas to dedicate the completion of a brand new playground shade structure built by Sun Ports of Dallas. On hand to celebrate will be Bedford students and faculty led by Principal Brad Mengwasser as well as the schools “Super Bulldog” mascot. Representatives of Sun Ports (a brand of USA SHADE & Fabric Structures, Inc.) will also be attending with their own renowned “UV Man” mascot who will entertain the kids with giveaways and pose for photos. The ceremony will take place between 8:30am and 10:30am on the campus. There will be ice cream on hand and Sun Ports will provide their fun-filled, sun safety education coloring books for all the kids. Sun Ports Senior Vice President of Sales, Wade White notes that, “This is a great opportunity for everyone to have a good time but also to learn about the importance of playing outdoors in a sun safe environment. We’ve enjoyed working with the faculty and PTA at Bedford Heights and applaud their efforts to provide shade for the kids which is especially important as the temperatures begin to increase. UV exposure is a serious health concern especially for children who are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun.”
The new fabric structure covers the play equipment and measures 30’ x 40’ with an entry height of 14 feet. The blue fabric and red steel match the school colors. Bedford Heights Elementary School was built in 1976 and has been recognized by the Texas Education Agency as an Exemplary Campus. Presently under the leadership of Principal Mengwasser, Bedford Heights serves 675 kindergarten through grade six students. The school’s mission statement, “A.C.H.I.E.V.E.”
stands for All Children Have Individualized Educationally Varied Experiences. Principle Mengwasser commented recently on the new shade structure saying, “It’s a rare thing these days for a PTA to fund such a large project but that’s what our people have done and we are very appreciative. The structures add aesthetic appeal, provide comfort and, since most of our recess time occurs between the hours of 10:30 and 2:00pm, they provide shade when we need it the most.” Sun Ports has provided structures for several schools in the greater DFW area and over 200,000 across the United States since its foundation in 1991.
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USA SHADE & Fabric Structures, Inc. features five well established brands: Sun Ports and Shade Structures focus on modular shade structures, FabriTec Structures offers high-end tensile fabric structures, VPS (Vehicle Protection Structures) specializes in hail protection for the automotive industry and Shade Concepts focuses on the wholesale and distribution arena.
The company boasts an experienced sales and marketing force as well as manufacturing capabilities unequalled in the shade industry. Chairman Basil Haymann notes, “The combined entity generates synergies across the board and enables us to be the largest, capable shade and fabric structure company in the world.”
Sun Ports, Shade Structures and FabriTec began operations in the early 1990’s.The companies formed as a result of the success of fabric structures in the Australian and South African markets. The applications for fabric structures are endless and the designs are often highly imaginative and innovative.