Why Us

Why Us

The Perfect Integration of Form and Function

Apollo Sunguard is the second oldest shade structure manufacturer in the United States and the oldest privately-owned. We are the leader in shade innovation. Our wide range of standard and custom engineered steel frame structures and tensile shade sails provide optimum sun protection for all your outdoor activities. Our team is committed to meeting your individual shade needs. We deliver consistent, customer-focused service and support at all times and throughout all the stages of your shade project – from initial inquiry to installation and throughout the life of your Apollo Sunguard shade product. We provide courteous, prompt, professional service for all our customers. We appreciate you and your business. Our professional team of shade experts, including innovative engineers and designers, and friendly customer service representatives, as well as our large network of distributors and sales representatives, will ensure your project is a success!

Engineering & Design

We design shade structures that are architecturally appealing and functional, providing the most effective shade solutions.  With in-house engineering and development, and eight consultant professional licensed engineers registered in all 50 states.

QRS – Quick Release System

Our innovative shade structures are uniquely designed with the QRS- Quick Release System to remove the fabric covers easily.  No Special tools are required.  You just loosen the turnbuckles with a standard wrench and you’re done! This is the easiest and most practical release system in the shade structure industry.

Non-Prorated Warranty

Apollo Sunguard has the strongest warranty in the industry.  We warranty all steel framework for 20 years and all fabric covers for 15 years.  This is a non-prorated warranty.

Manufacturing Facility:

  • Enclosed 38,000 sq. ft. steel manufacturing shop
  • Average number of certified fabricators – 18+
  • Steel Inventory in excess of 8000 tons

Steel Fabricating Equipment

  • Tube benders
  • Plate rollers
  • Tube coping machinery
  • 200 ton press brake
  • 150 ton ironworker
  • 10’x52′ state-of-the-art plasma table CAD/CAM
  • 6 welders stations
  • Bar feeders
  • Computerized band-saws
  • Vertical milling machine
  • 25 ton swaging machine
  • Pipe-notching
  • Automatic cold saws
  • 10 ton jib crane
  • Fabric Shop
  • Powder coat plant – 2 ovens 40′ long capacity
  • 9 steel transport vehicles

Service Response Time = Immediate

  • Apollo Sunguard History
  • Company is Born

    Company is born (South African roots – where the shade industry was born)
  • Goes National

    Apollo Sunguard receives first national account.
  • SDVOSB

    Kevin Connelly purchased the business making it a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) – the first and only SDVOSB shade manufacturer in the U.S. to date
  • Receive NASA Award

    Received small business award from NASA’s Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) for the first modular cantilever with specialized keder rail allowing for continuous shade with no gaps in sun protection
  • Awarded Government Contracts

    Awarded a long term government wide contract through the General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Patents & Bigger Contracts

    U.S. Patent issued for the PlayTower integrated playground shade (Patent 7,316,237)First shade manufacturer awarded the prestigious Gold Triangle from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) for shade designed to protect children from the sun on playgrounds.Awarded contract to shade MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays spring training facility, Charlotte Sports Park
  • School Contracts Roll In

    Awarded contract with Collier County Schools to retrofit playgrounds with Playtowers for 40 elementary schools
  • Contract For Orioles Training Facility

    Awarded contract to shade MLB’s Baltimore Orioles spring training facility, Ed Smith Stadium. Awarded contract to shade MiLB’s Blue Wahoos Stadium in Maritime Park - the MLB’s Cincinnati Reds affliate
  • ChargePoint Premier Partnership

    Became a ChargePoint Premier Partner. Awarded contract to shade MLB’s Pittsburg Pirate’s spring training facility, McKechnie Field.
  • Sky Manta Design is Born

    New Sky Manta design first installed at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
  • Awarded $830,000 Contract

    New XTL Shade Wave installed – first hybrid cantilever and shade sail design First Titan installed over a basketball court. Awarded an $830,000+ GSA Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for ChargePoint’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
  • QRS Implemented

    QRS - Quick Release System™ implemented on all structures
  • Shading America

    Awarded contract to shade the spring training facility for MLB’s Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, Ballpark of the Palm Beaches Awarded shaded parking contract for West Palm Beach’s Airport Building II.
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