When Linda Martin and Jamie Goebel purchased Levitation in 2001, they brought with them strong values of customer service, teamwork and respect for our environment.
We’re resourceful, caring, creative and smart.
We consult with our clients so that we can develop custom solutions to their staging needs, and then fabricate and build them.
Our clients include major universities, national sporting teams, the President of the United States, large music festivals and more.
We handle the physical part of events; the staging, risers and roofs, working with AV teams and other vendors to put the pieces together.
When some ducklings got stuck in a drain in our parking lot, we teamed up to rescue them!
We work exclusively with StageRight decking, the industry platinum standard because it’s not a one-shot, one-use material. Our competitors often choose plywood as their decking material, which needs to be replenished since wood breaks down quickly and often fails with little warning.
Levitation is certified with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and is an active member.
Bill and Nancy Keser start Levitation, Inc. with the purchase of a single 60 x 40 StageRight stage. The company operates out of rented space in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Theatrical Media Services (TMS) in Omaha, Nebraska, uses Levitation to provide staging for its fairs and festival market segment. Over the next several years, TMS becomes Levitation’s biggest customer. TMS, with its captive account base, provides Levitation with a much wider geographic presence than larger competitors.
Having grown too large for its rental location, the Kesers purchase an empty building at 845 Chestnut to house the operations of Levitation.
The Kesers sell Levitation and the Chestnut property to Linda Martin and Jamie Goebel.
Levitation buys another major concert roof, bringing the total number of roofs in inventory to four.
The presidential political cycle provides Levitation with the opportunity to produce its own events.
The University of Iowa contracts with Levitation to stage and produce a five-city tour of outdoor performances for the Joffrey Ballet.
TMS and Levitation part ways and Levitation exits the fair and small festival market.
Levitation transforms the Diag at the University of Michigan into an auditorium for graduation so that it can accommodate 30,000 people.
Levitation moves into its new 50,000 square foot facility. While many of Levitation’s competitors get absorbed by other companies or disappear during the financial crisis, Levitation’s fiscally strong position allows for continued growth.
This is a time of growth and expansion that started in 2001. Higher profile jobs and an increasing inventory make Levitation one of the top staging companies in the country. The company transitions out of festivals and focuses on higher profile corporate jobs and university events as part of its growth strategy.
Expanding and growing, Levitation hires a sales representative to serve clients in the Chicago area, as well as an operations manager at its headquarters in Grand Rapids.
The addition of a systems scaffolding system allows Levitation to offer and construct larger, weight-supporting structures.