Tent collapse leads to questions

April 30, 2012

The tent collapse that resulted in one death and dozen injured on Saturday in St. Louis, Mo., is leading to scrutiny of that city’s regulations of event tent installations. The tent had been granted a permit and was inspected prior to Saturday. The city of St. Louis requires tents to be wind rated to 90 …

IFAI seeks board candidates

April 11, 2012

The annual “Call for IFAI board candidates” from the Industrial Fabrics Association International was sent to the association’s voting membership on Monday, April 9. Applications are due May 28, 2012. In June, the IFAI board’s Leadership Development Committee meets to consider the qualifications of the candidates. In July, the association’s membership is notified of committee’s …

Jeff Black to lead Classic Party Rentals

April 3, 2012

Classic Party Rentals, Torrance, Calif., has appointed Jeff Black as president and CEO. Pedro Mata, who led the organization the past two years, is retiring to pursue other opportunities. Black comes to Classic from Aramark Uniform Services, where he worked for the past 17 years in a variety of leadership positions, most recently as vice …

Yellow Jacket fan is a winner

The Big Ass Fan Co.’s Yellow Jacket® has been named a “Gold Winner” of the 2011 Product of the Year Awards from Plant Engineering. Yellow Jacket was selected for the honor out of more than 100 finalists in 14 categories. Introduced by Big Ass Fans in March 2011, the Yellow Jacket offers vast airflow coverage …

Tight fit: new pavilion fits into New Orleans City Park restoration

April 1, 2012

When Losberger U.S. LLC began construction on a 5,500-square-foot mono-pitch tent pavilion for the New Orleans City Park, project designers were in for a squeeze. The tent would stand between two permanent buildings, giving the structure less than an inch of clearance on either side. “I’d have to say one of the biggest accomplishments was …

The right weight—ballast, that is

TRD’s ballasting tool helps companies calculate proper ballast weights. In January 2011 TRD members voted unanimously to allocate funds to conduct a ballasting study. Clemson University conducted the research, and study findings were presented at Tent Conference 2012 . The study findings provide members with a tested way to calculate the required ballast weights to …

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What is the best way to work with media when you have a crisis?

Q: What is the best way to work with media when you have a crisis? A: Despite the best efforts, crises occur on tent installations, and the media calls. Without a communications plan in place before a crisis happens, you will be forced to make up a plan as events occur out of your control. …

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What’s your best price?

By Gary Stansberry Maybe you have a shot at providing equipment for a major sporting event or a large wedding. The job is complex: some equipment will be from your inventory, some subrented; subcontractor services will be required; temporary labor will be needed; you’ll incur transportation and travel costs. A lot of money is at …

Keder repair

Replace the damaged portion of keder instead of having to throw away the entire top or sidewall with Repair Keder. Available in small roll lengths, Repair Keder is available in white, black and silver and sizes including 8.5mm, 11mm, 13mm and 15mm. SOURCE Made in America LLC.

PVC and metal RF welding

Forsstrom’s new method—“Forflexx”—makes it possible to join flexible coated PVC and PU fabrics with metal attachments using radio frequency welding. The method offers air-, gas- and liquid-tight seals between fabric(s) and metal attachments, as well as strong welds. SOURCE Forsstrom HF AB.