Industry News

Aztec Tents announces winners of 2016 Aztec Photo & Video Contest

December 8, 2016

After receiving hundreds of submissions from across the country, Aztec Tents announced the four winning photographs and videos for its 2016 Aztec Photo & Video Contest. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Aztec Tents, the leader in tents and structures within the special events industry. This year, more than 300 companies submitted their best event …

Management

When to say yes—and no—to new inventory

December 1, 2016

The economy is improving, tented events are on the upswing, and customers are spending more on decor and accessories such as sidewalls, doors, liners and drapes. This is good news for tent rental companies, because these items can bring a very good return on investment, says Scott Sutherland, president of Olympic Tent, a tent manufacturer …

On the Job

Codes set for adoption

December 1, 2016

Code revision process reaches final voting stage. A proposal to regulate outdoor events regardless of the presence of tents or special event structures was approved at the Public Comment Hearing of the International Code Committee (ICC) in October. This proposal (F310-16), submitted by the Fire Code Action Committee, had been disapproved at the code committee’s …

Project Briefs

Long distance sprint

December 1, 2016

O’Neil Tent Co. installs several structures in a short timeframe 250+ feet from the unloading zone. When Ohio State University needed tenting structures for its fundraising campaign, “But for Ohio State,” an event that raises funds for students to study abroad, it called on O’Neil Tent Co., Columbus, Ohio, to make it happen. O’Neil Tent …

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On site

December 1, 2016

Don’t miss the valuable opportunities at IFAI Tent Expo 2017. One of the worst things about being editor of InTents is that, while I spend a lot of time writing about high-end, big-budget tented soirées, I rarely attend one. (To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve ever attended an event that could be accurately described …

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Scene Stealers

December 1, 2016

Three Wow! installations showcase talent and problem-solving in the tent industry. Each year, dozens of tent and event rental companies submit their outstanding projects to the IFAI International Achievement Awards (IAA), a competition that recognizes design excellence and technical skill in specialty fabrics. The 2016 submissions demonstrate that creativity and problem-solving continue to drive the …

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In memoriam: Lou Brown

December 1, 2016

Former Anchor Industries vice president Louis (“Lou”) Ray Brown passed away on Aug. 11. Brown retired from Anchor in 1997 as senior vice president of the tent sales department after 45 years with the company. He began on the manufacturing floor and rose to manager of tent production before moving to sales. He oversaw launches …

Event Production

Decadent masterpiece

December 1, 2016

A clear tent becomes a speakeasy with “The Great Gatsby” in every detail. Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby may have been left off the guest list, but every other detail of a “Great Gatsby”-themed birthday party under a tent recalled the glitter and grandeur of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Inspired by the client’s home and …

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Finishing Touches

December 1, 2016

Tented events take place in all kinds of weather, upping the demand for doors and specialty sidewalls. The popularity of tented events can be attributed, at least in part, to the human desire to be outdoors. However, this doesn’t mean that people actually want to experience being outside. Instead, they want the panoramic vistas while …

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Mission: Custom exhibition space

December 1, 2016

Eventstar Structures is known for boldly going where no tent company has gone before. So it’s fitting that the Medley, Fla.-based company was selected to help the Star Trek franchise kick off its 50th anniversary celebration by fabricating the temporary exhibition space for the Star Trek Starfleet Academy Experience. The custom 14,000-square-foot structure was installed …

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Scene Stealers

December 1, 2016

Three Wow! installations showcase talent and problem-solving in the tent industry. Each year, dozens of tent and event rental companies submit their outstanding projects to the IFAI International Achievement Awards (IAA), a competition that recognizes design excellence and technical skill in specialty fabrics. The 2016 submissions demonstrate that creativity and problem-solving continue to drive the …

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Finishing Touches

December 1, 2016

Tented events take place in all kinds of weather, upping the demand for doors and specialty sidewalls. The popularity of tented events can be attributed, at least in part, to the human desire to be outdoors. However, this doesn’t mean that people actually want to experience being outside. Instead, they want the panoramic vistas while …

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Putting tents in their place with ballasting

October 1, 2016

Tent rental companies use IFAI’s ballasting tool to provide accurate amounts of weight, meet code compliance and create a safe experience for event guests. When it came to calculating weight requirements to anchor commercial tents in the past, rental companies needed some math and science on their side. They typically determined ballasting weights by what …

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Drone photography soars for tent professionals

October 1, 2016

Drone photography is the latest tool for tent professionals to show off their stuff. I flew a drone for the first time at IFAI Tent Expo 2015 and was instantly obsessed. The experience of controlling a copter 400 feet away was amazing! The things I could see and the photos and video I could take …

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Clear tents are trending

October 1, 2016

Clear tents are a profitable inventory item for tent rental companies that want to offer clients the perfect setting for distinctive events. Dramatic. Unique. One of a kind. Personal. These are just a few of the words that top the inspiration boards of tent rental clients. As more end users look for that fresh, distinctive …

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Secondary tents play essential roles at large events

August 1, 2016

Tents are vital components of many large outdoor events, and it is easy to see why. They offer protection from the elements, stunning visuals and atmospheres that can range from romantic to festive. They make outdoor spaces useful for eating, dancing, learning and entertainment. Behind a beautiful main event tent, however, there is often a …

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Embracing high-tech tools to stay competitive

August 1, 2016

From RFID to GPS, Mike Holland embraces high tech tools to keep Chattanooga Tent Co. at the leading edge. We embrace technology here,” says Mike Holland, president of Chattanooga Tent Co., Chattanooga, Tenn. “Especially when it comes to material handling, we’re always looking for anything that can help us work smarter and be more efficient.” …

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The challenge of pulling off two uniquely different back-to-back events under one tent

August 1, 2016

Lili Shadab, creative director and CEO of Elite Productions in Laguna Niguel, Calif., understands what it takes to use creativity, concise communication and streamlined production management to create two back-to-back, separately designed events using one tent. Elite Productions was given the fun, yet challenging task of creating two distinct, back-to-back events at a well-loved beachside …

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Revealing the romance of sailcloth tents

July 1, 2016

Trendspotting online shows tent renters and manufacturers what brides are looking for. If you want to know what’s trending in fashionable apparel, look to Paris, France. If you want to know what’s trending in automotive design, look to Torino, Italy. If you want to know what’s trending in cuisine, look on either coast of the …

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Best practices for adding to your inventory

June 1, 2016

There are good reasons for a tent rental company to expand—or start to build—its inventory of non-tent event rental items. A diverse inventory allows rental businesses to potentially provide clients with one-stop service. Then there’s the ability to broaden rental opportunities and serve new markets, which could help soften the financial hit delivered during the …

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Aztec Tents announces winners of 2016 Aztec Photo & Video Contest

December 8, 2016

After receiving hundreds of submissions from across the country, Aztec Tents announced the four winning photographs and videos for its 2016 Aztec Photo & Video Contest. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Aztec Tents, the leader in tents and structures within the special events industry. This year, more than 300 companies submitted their best event …

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On site

December 1, 2016

Don’t miss the valuable opportunities at IFAI Tent Expo 2017. One of the worst things about being editor of InTents is that, while I spend a lot of time writing about high-end, big-budget tented soirées, I rarely attend one. (To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve ever attended an event that could be accurately described …

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In memoriam: Lou Brown

December 1, 2016

Former Anchor Industries vice president Louis (“Lou”) Ray Brown passed away on Aug. 11. Brown retired from Anchor in 1997 as senior vice president of the tent sales department after 45 years with the company. He began on the manufacturing floor and rose to manager of tent production before moving to sales. He oversaw launches …

Industry News

Mission: Custom exhibition space

December 1, 2016

Eventstar Structures is known for boldly going where no tent company has gone before. So it’s fitting that the Medley, Fla.-based company was selected to help the Star Trek franchise kick off its 50th anniversary celebration by fabricating the temporary exhibition space for the Star Trek Starfleet Academy Experience. The custom 14,000-square-foot structure was installed …

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Refugee housing

December 1, 2016

As European communities grapple with the dire need for refugee housing, Röder Zelt- und Veranstaltungsservice GmbH, Büdingen, Germany, has responded with a versatile system of quickly erectable halls. Röder manufactured and installed 12 halls designed to accommodate 56 people per unit, along with four fully equipped dining and care rooms and office space, in Bochum, …

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IFAI Tent Expo 2017

December 1, 2016

IFAI Tent Expo 2017 is almost here! Tent professionals from around the globe will gather Jan. 24–26 in Orlando, Fla., for education, networking, exhibits and more. Keynote speaker Scott Burrows will share his unforgettable story that shows how overwhelming setbacks can be converted into success, fulfillment and personal realization through a clear vision, a determined …

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International Achievement Awards

December 1, 2016

Four tent manufacturing and rental companies were honored with 2016 International Achievement Awards (IAA) at IFAI Expo in October. Mahaffey Fabric Structures, Memphis, Tenn., received the Award of Excellence, Best in Category, for “Dining Under the Stars”. Other winning entries are: Private Tent Rental Outstanding Achievement: “Destination: Golden Isles, Georgia,” Beachview Event Rentals & Design, …

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Submit your best photos to the InTents Buyers Guide cover contest

November 14, 2016

We’re looking for the perfect photo for the cover of the 2017 InTents Buyer’s Guide. This is your opportunity to show off your best work to the entire industry! Submit photos that meet these guidelines: High resolution: 300 dpi and at least 2 MB at 4-by-6 inches. A clean and safe installation. Good composition, lighting and color. …

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Jon Tabeling to step down as COO of Arena Americas

November 10, 2016

Arena Group, a global event rental company, announced that Jon Tabeling will be stepping down as chief operation officer of Arena Americas to take on a part-time consultancy role in the company. During his time at Arena Americas, Tabeling managed the U.S. Arena business, worked with the U.S. military on large projects, developed business opportunities …

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Anchor Industries launches new website

November 10, 2016

Evansville, Ind.–based Anchor Industries launched a new website showcasing its fabric and frame products. The site is easier to navigate and includes new capabilities that make it more mobile friendly and socially integrated. In addition to providing features and benefits for its full line of products, the new website offers downloadable product brochures, product photos, videos …

On the Job

Codes set for adoption

December 1, 2016

Code revision process reaches final voting stage. A proposal to regulate outdoor events regardless of the presence of tents or special event structures was approved at the Public Comment Hearing of the International Code Committee (ICC) in October. This proposal (F310-16), submitted by the Fire Code Action Committee, had been disapproved at the code committee’s …

On the Job

Site survey equals site safety

December 1, 2016

A thorough site survey communicates event needs and flags potential safety issues. Ensuring the safety of tented event participants and the tent installation crew starts at the beginning of the job. Before a single rental item is loaded onto the truck, a site survey should be completed by a qualified professional with set-up experience. A …

On the Job

TopTec training goes on the road

December 1, 2016

TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., is taking its long running tent installation and safety training program on the road in 2017. The first Tent School On The Road session will be held at Rent-E-Quip in Colonial Heights, Va., March 7–8. “Our goal was to make Tent School more accessible to our customers across the United …

On the Job

Tent inspections before events ensure safety

October 1, 2016

Inspections will help avoid disaster and add years to the life of a tent. The tent is up and the event is underway. But there may still be work to be done. Especially for installations that will be up for any length of time, inspection and maintenance are top priorities for keeping the tent as …

On the Job

IFAI’s Tent Rental Division works toward standard

October 1, 2016

IFAI’s Tent Rental Division looks to write an industry standard for tent anchorage. With final voting on tent-related code revisions for the 2018 Model Code set for late October, IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) is looking ahead to writing an industry standard that could be taken up in the 2021 code cycle. “As the 2018 …

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Moving on up with multiple locations

August 1, 2016

Expanding to multiple locations offers numerous benefits, if the timing is right and both will and cash flow are strong. Delores Crum didn’t see that she had a choice. Sure, her party, tent and wedding rental store in south Austin, Texas, opened in 2000, was doing well. But up in north Austin, another rental company …

On the Job

OSHA fines increase

August 1, 2016

New law directs U.S. Department of Labor to “catch up” penalties to inflation. Fines assessed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased by 78 percent as of Aug. 1. OSHA’s top penalty for serious violations rises from $7,000 to $12,471, and its top penalty for willful or repeated violations rises from $70,000 to …

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Collaboration yields successful code revisions

August 1, 2016

F-CAC work group is a key factor in the code revision process for tents, membrane structures and outdoor assembly events. The International Code Council (ICC) Committee Action Hearings were held in Louisville, Ky., in April. During the International Fire Code (IFC) hearings, stakeholders representing IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD), the ICC Fire Code Action Committee …

On the Job

Ballasting for safety and safety when ballasting

June 1, 2016

Learning to ballast with concrete? Follow these steps to ensure safe and efficient jobsite practices. My crew has forgotten how to use a sledgehammer. Well, not really, but it could happen. In my local tent rental market, ballasting is common. So common that the top priority for my management team has been to figure out …

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Code revisions underway

June 1, 2016

Triggers for site-specific engineering top the tent-related proposals taken up at the ICC’s Committee Action Hearing. With debate and voting at the April Committee Action Hearing (CAH), the International Code Council (ICC) took its first step in revising codes as part of the Group B I-Code Development Cycle for the 2018 Model Code. A proposal …

Project Briefs

Long distance sprint

December 1, 2016

O’Neil Tent Co. installs several structures in a short timeframe 250+ feet from the unloading zone. When Ohio State University needed tenting structures for its fundraising campaign, “But for Ohio State,” an event that raises funds for students to study abroad, it called on O’Neil Tent Co., Columbus, Ohio, to make it happen. O’Neil Tent …

Event Production

Decadent masterpiece

December 1, 2016

A clear tent becomes a speakeasy with “The Great Gatsby” in every detail. Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby may have been left off the guest list, but every other detail of a “Great Gatsby”-themed birthday party under a tent recalled the glitter and grandeur of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Inspired by the client’s home and …

Event Production

Building a city

December 1, 2016

Classic Event and Tent Rentals prepared a scenic, suburban golf course for an invasion of hundreds of thousands of fans. When Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., was awarded the 2016 Ryder Cup, planners knew a temporary city would be needed to accommodate the anticipated 250,000 spectators who would descend on the picturesque course …

Event Production

Anything’s possible

December 1, 2016

Over the Top Tents and Events makes events happen in the wild and magnificent Alaska terrain. The largest state in the union is home to breathtaking landscapes. The mountains, rivers and glaciers provide stunning backdrops for unforgettable events—but along with the wild, untamed beauty of Alaska comes unpredictable climates and challenging accessibility for companies like …

Event Production

Creating A Distinctive Atmosphere for Multiple Events Using One Tent

October 28, 2016

There is a reason why so many tented events seem to be cookie-cutter productions. There are people to please and placate, funds to be allocated, tent design and layout to be developed, and complex lighting and flooring elements to be installed. It is no wonder that so many people end up with the same event …

Event Production

Installing a structure on a scaffold

October 1, 2016

New York Tent installs a rooftop structure that couldn’t be attached to the roof. When Citnalta Construction Corp. approached Long Island-based New York Tent to cover a roof that it needed to rip off and replace, the construction firm had one big caveat: because of the work that had to be done, the tent couldn’t …

Event Production

Amazon Originals interactive experience at Comic-Con

October 1, 2016

Choura Events creates an Amazon Originals interactive experience for Comic-Con enthusiasts. Comic-Con junkies are the tastemakers of tomorrow,” actress Kristen Bell once said—and she’s not alone in her enthusiasm for the event that celebrates comic books and other aspects of popular arts, such as films and science fiction/fantasy literature. Comic-Con International takes place each year …

Projects

An organic palette under a sailcloth tent

October 1, 2016

Earthiness and formality blend perfectly under a sailcloth tent. With a bride specifically requesting a twin-pole sailcloth tent for her wedding, Durkin’s Inc. of Danbury, Conn., and Amy Cagginello of Amy Champagne Events LLC, Milford, Conn., and New York City, set out to seamlessly blend the tent and decor. Fulfilling the bride’s dream, Durkin’s installed …

Event Production

Disaster relief and weddings on the beach

October 1, 2016

From disaster relief to weddings on the beach, Beachview Event Rentals & Design brings the right stuff. Georgia’s Atlantic seaboard, with its tidal rivers, salt marshes and miles of beaches, attracts tourists and locals alike with a sense of the ancient and the hypnotic lull of the natural world. And for two brothers who grew …

News

A traditional Indian wedding celebration spans several days at separate venues

August 1, 2016

Weddings in India are typically filled with customs and rituals, beauty and elegance, and the importance of family—and the Indian wedding that took place at Castleton Farms in Loudon, Tenn., last May, was no exception. Knoxville, Tenn.-based All Occasions Party Rentals (AOPR) provided tent and event services for the wedding, reception and events the week …