Welcome to Tiffin Scenic Studio
Tiffin Scenic Studios
Inc. — A History
in 1901, by scenic artist, Daniel O’ Connell, Tiffin Scenic
Studios has become one of the country’s foremost stage designers
Housed originally in an old theater
building, the studio’s first
activities were centered mainly on painting, finishing drapery and refurbishing
drapes and scenery for trouping vaudeville and opera companies. During
prohibition, the business moved to a building formerly used as a brewery.
The size and shape of the brewery building proved to be ideal for housing
the multiple paint frames and the motorized paint bridge essential to
the scenic trade.
the 1920’s and 30’s, Tiffin
Scenic equipment was installed in over 190 commercial theatres throughout
Tiffin Scenic Studios was incorporated
in 1941 with James F. Kuebler as the president and major stockholder.
Under Mr. Kuebler’s direction,
the focus of the business shifted from painted scenery to stage machinery.
This shift in emphasis appropriately reflected the diminishing activities
of vaudeville and its related scenery requirements. His inherent mechanical
aptitude and technical genius produced many stage rigging innovations
with a basic thrust toward safety features.
As a result of Mr. Kuebler’s
dedication, Tiffin Scenic equipment has become synonymous with fine
quality and dependability.
Tiffin Scenic Studios — Today
Scenic Studio’s 23,000 square-foot
facilities include 15,000 feet of manufacturing space, 6000 feet of
enclosed steel and equipment storage with the remaining area devoted
to offices, engineering and drafting space. The sixty-five foot tower
portion of the building is equipped with a small gridiron section at
the top and four runs of typical T-bar guides which allow sixty feet
of vertical travel for the development and testing purposes with winch
and counterweight rigging.
Major shop equipment includes
five lathes — the largest of which
is capable of turning 30” diameter sheaves, four overhead electric
trolley hoists, one radial drill, three spindle drills, one milling machine,
three metal cutting band saws and one reciprocating metal saw necessary
for the manufacturing of high quality, precision stage machinery. Other
equipment which augments Scenic Studios’ capabilities include a
1/4” x 5’0 plate shear, one alligator shear, a forming press
and a punch press as well as grinders, bolt threaders, arbor presses
and forming dies.
Tiffin Scenic Studios provides all essential pattern equipment for making
a very large variety of sheave castings at the foundry. Their foundry
source pours 30,000 psi tensile inoculated semi-steel. This ensures maximum
strength in their stage rigging.
A ventilated spray paint area with a trolley conveyor and two welding
shops complete the manufacturing facility.