Behind the Screens

Not only did the acquisition of SourceOne expand Lincoln Industries capabilities with new products and services, it brought on completely new and different markets for the company.

For 19 days in 2018, the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, were broadcast across NBCUniversal in all time zones. The coverage captured multiple sports, hundreds of interviews, and hours of commentary from the primetime host. Behind the host was a digital display system created by Planar of Leyard. And it was affixed to a specialized metal fabrication framing system, crafted in Lincoln, Nebraska at Lincoln Industries newest acquisition, SourceOne.

“SourceOne and Leyard’s engineering teams collaborated on NBC’s production of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016 - this was another opportunity to contribute our engineering experience for the Winter Games,” explained SourceOne’s Engineering Manager Lonnie Schmidt.

SourceOne was given design criteria to follow for the five structures they built. The largest needed to match specific curvatures of the geodesic dome of the broadcast studio. At 39 ft. wide and 14 ft. tall, each design segment needed to take on the overall curvature while holding 196 Leyard TWS screens.

“It’s not your everyday display structure,” said Schmidt.

SourceOne’s team of engineers designed the structure to accommodate the studio and built each frame for the structures. Each system went through fabrication and production including lasering, bending, and powder coating. The team at SourceOne worked through projects from the creation to the shipment and installation. Their team formulated the system to fit into one custom crate built for international shipping and sent experts to install and mount the systems.

Though SourceOne’s work with Planar/Leyard might be exciting, they pride themselves on the same dedication to all their projects. SourceOne’s General Manager Eric Slezak calls SourceOne a one stop shop. “We design equipment to perform a specific function like assembly, packaging, or processing. Customers bring us an idea and we engineer a solution that will provide them with a machine to meet their needs.”

Lincoln Industries acquired SourceOne in September of 2018, bringing exposure to new industries and projects.

“We now have numerous capabilities at our fingertips allowing many of our processes to be completed internally, rather than outsourced,” said Slezak. “Having our name connected to Lincoln Industries is an advantage that we’re excited about.”

Though there are no Olympics to prepare for in the next year, SourceOne is continuing its work with Planar/Leyard to build custom framing systems for CNN, NBC, and FOX news stations in New York City.

SourceOne works in the following industries: medical, manufacturing, automotive, broadcasting, electrical management, software/IT, food processing, election, defense, transportation, agriculture.

Read more stories from Lincoln Industries in our 2018 Annual Report.