IFAI announces 2013 ShowStoppers award winners

October 29, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2013 ShowStoppers awards for the best of the best new products and services at the Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. IFAI received a total of 97 entries from 53 companies in this …

IFAI announces the 2013 International Achievement Award winners

October 25, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2013 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, that took place Oct. 24 at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. IFAI received a total of 236 entries from …

Unique structures for a performance art installation

October 1, 2013

Rainier Industries designs unique interlocking structures for performance art installation. Seven custom-designed, interconnected structures by Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash., provided the space for a unique experiential performance art installation debuting at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Ont., Canada, in June. The structures were designed to guide participants through a series of intense exercises and experiences …

Color change for the dance floor

New peel-and-stick vinyl floor covering from California Portable Dance Floor Co. makes it possible to change the color of a dance floor any time. The roll of peel-and-stick vinyl is 60 inches wide by 55 yards long, and all that is required for installation is to cut the vinyl roll to fit the dance floor …

Tent decor

The immersive, non-smudge, custom-printable decorative substrate that acts like fabric is now printed with eco-friendly water-based inks on a recyclable PVC-based substrate. The new combination dries faster than the previous product, provides clearer printed patterns or logos (in up to four colors), is water resistant, and includes a California Flame Resistant Certification. SOURCE Velon Designs

Compostable netting

NatureNetting™ is a compostable, plant-based natural netting with high tensile strength and excellent covering characteristics to be used as a mesh cover or barrier fencing, especially for outdoor events. High density mesh allows water and air to pass through freely, is stable under all weather conditions and does not distort when wet. It can be …

Fire prevention

Industry experts and the California State Fire Marshal work to update flammability document. The California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) is updating its textile flammability document, Title 19, for the first time since 1993. A change to the pass/fail for the small-scale test was drafted in 1993 and has been used by the industry ever since, …

An app to determine square footage

By Greg Meador Q: Is there an app available to help determine square footage needed for an event? A: What if you could have a near-exact estimate of the space needed for your event? What about a one-stop shop for tents and other rental items? At Mahaffey Fabric Structures we asked ourselves these questions when …

Bad debt and tax savings

Many business debts can be claimed as tax deductions—if you’re careful. By Mark E. Battersby It’s not always possible to bring all customer accounts to zero, even after friendly attempts at collection. At that point, you have a choice: Write off the account as a bad debt or forgive the debt entirely. Each approach carries …

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Adding party inventory and event services to tent rental offers opportunities for growth and new customers, especially when companies find the right niche. By Pamela Mills-Senn Entrepreneurial spirits—and the tent rental industry is full of them—are seldom content for long. Their businesses rarely remain static, but instead are characterized by a mindset always on the …