West Fargo, N.D.–The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently acquired 56 cubic feet of records from Bobcat Co. The donation includes corporate records relating to American manufacturing and marketing as well as business development. Housed in the museum’s Archives Center, the papers join the museum’s extensive collection of agricultural, industrial and business papers. A selection of these records is scheduled to be on view from Nov. 30 through Jan. 17, 2010. For more information, visit


Williams Companies Pay Tribute To Founder

Carol Stream, Ill.–Williams Architects and Williams Construction Management pay tribute to founder Michael T. Williams, who passed away May 28, 2009 at the age of 68. Williams held the position of chief executive officer of both companies prior to his death. Founded in 1994, Williams Architects has served many Chicago-area municipalities and religious organizations as well as more than 160 park districts, private clubs, YMCAs and recreation departments in Illinois and elsewhere in the nation. Williams was a member of three area park district foundation boards, as well as was a member of the National Recreation and Park Association Great Lakes Regional Council. He served for more than 20 years as president of the board of the Cosley Zoo Foundation, which, under his leadership raised nearly $4 million for the Wheaton Park District. In March 2009, Williams was inducted into the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association Foundation’s Hall of Fame, in recognition of his commitment to creating accessible recreational opportunities for all. For additional information, visit


Cowabunga Bay Makes A Splash With Beach Theme

Draper, Utah–Sitting on two acres, Cowabunga Bay neighborhood waterpark opened July 12. Included is WhiteWater West Industries’ AquaPlay Giant RainFortress—a 15-level, 225-foot long structure with a 1960s California beach theme that includes a recreated 1967 Woody wagon with California plates topped with a long board as well as a surfing cow sporting sunglass and board-shorts. The company claims the Giant RainFortress is the world’s largest play structure with over 300 interactive activities, including nine slides, bridges, climb nets, arch jets, water guns and pull ropes and two tipping buckets that intermittently fill and spill on guests below showering them with 1,200 gallons. For more information, visit


Otterbine Launches New Web Site

Emmaus, Penn.–Otterbine Barebo, Inc. announces the launch of their newly designed Web site. Features include market specific sections, photo galleries and direct access to owner’s manuals, specification forms and feature installations in addition to expanded product listings and reference documentation. The new Web site has been designed to strengthen partnerships with distribution and service networks while offering clients improved customer service. Other additions include enhanced directory listings through the dealer locator feature, and the conversion to an electronic sales lead program. For more information, visit


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