Animal Planet TANKED Stars Visit to Stiles Machinery
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Stiles Machinery and Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center are gearing up to see some familiar faces on Animal Planet’s hit reality television show TANKED this week. Representatives from Stiles and Mercy Health star alongside show hosts Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing in an episode set to air Friday at 10PM EST on the Animal Planet network.

The crew from TANKED spent three days in Grand Rapids this September shooting the segment for the episode which follows Wayde and Brett installing a 12-foot acrylic fish tank weighing 7,000 pounds in the downtown lobby of Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center. The tank, which holds 700 gallons of water, features a unique bend in the acrylic in the front side and the Grand Rapids skyline etched and lighted in the back.

The upcoming segment places Wayde and Brett at Stiles’ Grand Rapids headquarters receiving consultation on products and process to improve the efficiency of their acrylic tank production. Then they’re busy at Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center installing the custom built fish tank which was donated by Stiles, and attending a fundraiser party which may feature several of the guests on the television episode.

“It was really exciting having them here in Grand Rapids for three days,” shared Stiles’ marketing manager Chris Dolbow. “Besides visiting our facility and seeing all that it has to offer, I think they really got a good feel for our great community and our mission for helping each other.”

"We are very grateful to Stiles Machinery and to the stars of TANKED for the aquarium," said Kenda Klotz, Clinical Service Director of Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center. "Our staff and guests have enjoyed this gift that demonstrates why it's great to be a part of such a giving community like Grand Rapids."

Friday’s TANKED episode will be split in two segments, sharing the spotlight with Wilmer Valderrama better known as Fez from “That 70’s Show”. TANKED airs Friday 10PM EST on Animal Planet.

About Stiles: Stiles has been helping manufacturers succeed for more than 45 years. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Stiles is the largest supplier of best in class technology for manufacturing companies of all sizes. Through equipment integration, financial services, education, service and parts, Stiles offers Total Production Solutions. Stiles also has regional offices in High Point, NC; Coppell, Texas; and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Visit Stiles at

About Mercy Health: A multi-campus health care system dedicated to providing highly personalized care, excellent access to primary care providers and specialists and a more informed patient experience, Mercy Health serves West Michigan and the lakeshore with five hospital campuses and 60 physician offices and is a member of CHE Trinity Health. Visit us at

About Acrylic Tank Manufacturing: As co-owners of Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), one of the country's most successful builders of aquariums and two of Sin City's most imaginative businessmen, Wayde and Brett are tasked with building some of the most enormous and awe-inspiring tanks and aquariums for top celebrities, luxury hotels and casinos, Fortune 500 businesses, private homes and millionaire homeowners across the country that are filled with the most exotic, unusual, colorful and dangerous fish in the world. ATM takes on more than 200 projects every year with tanks ranging from 50 to one million gallons in size.

TANKED is produced for Animal Planet by Nancy Glass Productions. Nancy Glass, Eric Neuhaus and Matt Carter are the executive producers for Nancy Glass Productions, and Melinda Toporoff is the executive producer and Pat Dempsey is Associate Producer for Animal Planet. TANKED was developed by Animal Planet's Charlie Foley.

About Animal Planet: Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. Animal Planet consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the US; online assets, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access to the animal kingdom; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service, and merchandising extensions.

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