GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Stiles is teaming up with their friends Wayde and Brett, from Animal Planet’s TANKED, to design, build, and donate a custom aquarium to the Grand Rapids community. The design of the tank will highlight the machinery capabilities of Stiles’ technology, but will also cater to the character of the company’s home town.
The tank will be built for the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, located in downtown Grand Rapids, to assist with their mission towards healing our community through mind, body, and spirit…serenity that a fish tank could provide.
The TANKED cast will be filming in Grand Rapids over the week of September 8th, with the tank to be revealed during the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center ‘UP ON THE ROOF’ fundraising event on Thursday, September 11th.
The entire story, along with the tank reveal will be featured during the new season of Animal Planet’s TANKED!
Animal Planets TANKED follows the operations of Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), owned by brothers-in-law Wayde King and Brett Raymer. ATM is one of the world's largest manufacturers of custom designed aquariums with a long list of high profile installations. Their tanks can be found within the homes of celebrities, athletes, in casinos and hotels, and Fortune 500 corporate headquarters.
With the growing popularity and viewership of TANKED, Wayde knew that his company needed to upgrade their manufacturing process by investing in newer technology to meet increasing production demands from Animal Planet. More episodes meant more tanks to be built.
ATM came to Stiles Machinery in the early part of 2011 for some guidance on how they could increase their production output. They needed to become more efficient while remaining highly-flexible for the show’s dynamic custom jobs. Wayde and Brett knew Stiles had the right technology and solutions they needed.
ATM uses Stiles’ equipment for a number of acrylic manufacturing processes including engraving, profiling, polishing curved geometries, bevel cutting, and sizing their massive acrylic sheets. They're currently operating on some of the most efficient machines we have to offer.
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