Suit filed over boy’s death in tent blowdown

June 29, 2010

Parents of a boy killed while under a tent at an Alabama air show have filed civil suit against the tent rental company that provided the tents and organizers of the air show. Five–year–old Josiah Miller was killed at the June 2008 air show when an air conditioning unit connected to a tent fell on …

City built for oil spill responders

June 14, 2010

A “city” built for cleanup workers responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico includes large tents for dining and recreation. A 32–acre site on Louisiana Highway 23 was cleared, drained, raised four feet and equipped with both tents and trailers to accommodate some 2,000 workers. The Venice Responders Village passed parish and …

Digital decor

June 1, 2010

Large-format projection provides 360 degrees of customization. A backdrop used to be a piece of fabric hung to create background scene or environment. Today, large-format projection technology combined with the blank canvas of a tent can turn an entire structure into a backdrop, with multiple custom images projected over the course of an event. One …

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New hiring incentives for your business

Will you and your tent rental company be among those that reap the savings under the 2010 Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act? The HIRE Act recently signed into law includes $17.6 billion in tax breaks for businesses. The “Hire Now Tax Cut” combines payroll forgiveness for Social Security taxes paid on qualified new …

Keeping it cool with ice scupltures

Mahaffey creates an insulated structure to house ice sculptures for a Texas event. It was about this time last year that Mahaffey Fabric Structures, based in Memphis, Tenn., began planning the structure for the Gaylord Texan ICE! event that ran in Grapevine, Texas, for two months beginning in November 2009. Mahaffey met the unique demands …

Ladder safety

Tips to prevent falls and injuries. OSHA estimates that there are 24,882 injuries and as many as 36 fatalities per year due to falls on stairways and ladders used in construction. Nearly half of these injuries were serious enough to require time off the job. Solutions: Use the correct ladder for the task. Have a …

Double-decker tents

Regal Tent Productions reaches new heights at Winter Olympics. Before world-class figure skaters pulled off their triples and quads at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Regal Tent Productions Ltd. completed a couple of doubles. The Stoney Creek, Ont., Canada-based company erected for the first time two double-decker structures at the Vancouver Games, including the Olympic Rendezvous …

Ballasting guidelines

By members of the Codes Task Force of TRD. Q: How will ballasting guidelines impact the tent rental industry? A:Tent installers are often asked to ballast instead of stake a tent since ballasting allows setup in more locations and creates no conflict with underground utilities. The Tent Rental Division (TRD) believes it is the industry’s …

Preparing tented events for Mexico celebration

Grupo Serna readies for a year of tented events celebrating Mexico’s bicentennial and centennial. Mexicans officially kicked off their 2010 bicentennial celebration in September 2009 with a “Grito de Independencia” (“Cry of Independence”) bash in Mexico City’s famous main square, el Zócalo. For tent rental company Grupo Serna, the event was the beginning of 16 …

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Family ties in tents

New TRD chairman says the tent rental industry is ‘a hard business, a lot of work, but rewarding.’ Jim Reyen says that the tent rental industry is in his blood. His father, James R. Reyen, started working on a Eureka! tent rental crew in the 1960s and spent 37 years in the business. As a …