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National Ticket Celebrates 100 Years

National Ticket Celebrates 100 Years


April 1, 2008
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This year, National Ticket Company of Shamokin, PA is celebrating its
100th anniversary as a global provider of ticketing and admission
products to various markets, including the entertainment, sports and
amusement industries in over 70 countries.

40This year, National Ticket Company of Shamokin, PA is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a global provider of ticketing and admission products to various markets, including the entertainment, sports and amusement industries in over 70 countries.

Brothers Alphonsus E., William A. and John J. Conway along with local clothing merchant Nicholas R. Ludes founded the company in 1907 in Shamokin. The four were equal partners in the company and today the Conway and Ludes families each hold 50 per cent of the company stock.

“As a family run business, reaching the 100 year mark is a very rare accomplishment, reaching this milestone has to be credited to our dedicated family of employees and loyal customer base,” said John Conway, director of administration/secretary and grandson of founder Alphonsus E. Conway. “As we head into our second century of business we are more focused on providing new, innovative and quality products to our customers.”

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National Ticket Company is now one of the largest ticket producers in the world and credits the dedication of its management team and employees with making the company a stable part of the local economy since the early 1900s.

The company experienced slow but steady growth in its early years until the Second World War. In 1942, a fire gutted most of the company’s plant and office facilities. The business and workers were relocated to the basement of a car dealership for eight years before they could rebuild because of the wartime material shortage.
Eventually they built a new facility and continued to grow with new customers such as movie theatres, amusement parks, sporting events and transportation services. After 40 years at their Shamokin head-quarters, the company built a 73,000-square-foot facility in the Reed Industrial Park, just outside of Shamokin, where the company headquarters is still located today.

Over the years, the company has been a part of many memorable events and their products were even used as ration stamps during the Second World War.

With a customer base of over 5,000 you will find their tickets and wristbands in use around the globe. National Ticket products are used across the continent at Chuck E. Cheese Family Fun Centers, Universal Studios, Anheuser Busch events and parks. They are found internationally at Canada’s Wonderland, Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the U.K.  and beyond.

Now one of the largest ticket producers in the world, National Ticket has international distributorship agreements with partners in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Mexico and Central America.

National Ticket still prides itself on being a family-oriented company. Not only has the ownership remained in the family for 100 years, but in many cases third and fourth generations of families work for the company.

“In reaching this landmark, there is great deal of thanks and appreciation that needs to be extended to our employees, both past and present, as well as to our valued customers,” said Tim Timco, vice-president of sales and great grandson of founder Nicholas R. Ludes. “Without either of those key essentials the success, growth and longevity that our company has achieved would not be possible. Our goal will now be to not only carry on, but build on what has been accomplished in the past 100 years by continuing to strive to be a leader in our industry.”
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