A provider of lighting, grip and camera support equipment for the film industry has purchased a local production studio.
Wyoming-based Lowing Light & Grip said today it has acquired Deano’s Studio in Grand Rapids, at 2450 Airway St. NE.
Terms of the sale — which Lowing Light & Grip Co-Owner David Lowing said was negotiated for two years — were not disclosed.
Co-owners David Lowing and Matthew Lowing plan to change the name from Deano’s to Lowing Studios.
“We have been seeking ways to diversify our business and invest in new opportunities and expanding into soundstages is the right fit for our business,” David Lowing said. “We’re looking forward to carrying on the quality of management and service Dean and René have always provided.”
Deano’s Studio founders Dean Horn and his wife, René Anderson, said the studio was originally built to accommodate commercial production for the auto industry, and its largest soundstage can fit a full-size semi-truck with room to spare.
The studio has provided space for commercials, corporate television and feature-length films for almost 20 years.
“It was important to us that we find new owners that would be the right fit,” said Horn, who’s still planning to work on creative projects through Lowing Light & Grip and Lowing Studios.
“Not just anyone could step into this business and hit the ground running like Lowing Light & Grip,” Anderson said. “They’ve been excellent service providers in the community for years, and they’ll continue to be.”
Lowing Light & Grip will continue to offer equipment sales, rentals, service and administrative support at its 1500 Whiting St. SW location in Wyoming.
“We will look for ways to expand on what Dean and René have built,” Matthew Lowing said, including retaining existing freelancers and contractors and hiring more.
Lowing Light & Grip
Lowing Light & Grip is a rental company that provides tools used in film production, including lighting, grip and camera support equipment, along with sales and service of that equipment.
Deano’s Studio was founded in 1998 by Dean Horn and René Anderson and has worked with clients such as Herman Miller, Steelcase and Gordon Foods, as well as on music videos and feature films.