TRD submits code changes

March 29, 2016

Proposed changes to codes governing tent installations to be discussed at the April ICC Committee Action Hearing. IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) submitted four proposals for changes in codes that relate to tent installation, plus an appendix proposal, as part of the Group B I-Code Development Cycle for the 2018 Model Code. The Special Events …

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Sailcloth tents set romantic and rustic stage for weddings

March 22, 2016

Martha Stewart has shown brides how to personalize their special day with everything from photo cakes and DIY paper fans. All of those romantic wedding photo spreads in her magazine also helped to popularize sailcloth tents. Sperry Tents Seacoast in New Hampshire introduced sailcloth tents for weddings in the early 2000s. When Stewart showcased them …

Enter the 2016 International Achievement Awards

March 21, 2016

The 69th Annual International Achievement Awards are open for entries. Industrial fabric companies from around the world are encouraged to compete in new categories that showcase innovation, technical skill and design excellence. The competition has changed a bit this year. Each of the seven major categories will now have a brand new “Best in Category” …

M&M Event Rentals recapitalized by Dubin Clark

March 17, 2016

M&M Event Rentals, a rental service for party and event equipment, has entered into a recapitalization transaction with private equity firm Dubin Clark & Co. Michael Berk, CEO and majority owner of M&M, will use the recapitalization to divest a portion of the business while providing M&M with a partner to continue its growth trajectory. …

Bratt Productions rebrands to Peerless Events and Tents

March 16, 2016

Bratt Productions Inc. has rebranded corporate title to Peerless Events and Tents. Prior to rebranding, each Bratt Production location name was based on geography: Dallas Party Tent and Event, Oklahoma City Party Tent and Event, Houston Party Tent and Event, and Aztec Events and Tents. Brian Jenkins, president of Peerless Events and Tents, said “putting …

Bouffler joins Strataglass

March 14, 2016

Strataglass LLC has added Randy Bouffler to its Fort Lauderdale sales team. Bouffler comes to Strataglass with more than 15 years of experience in the marine market. He has been a leader in marine cleaning and maintenance solutions and routinely participates in local and national industry expert events. Strataglass, a subsidiary of Herculite Products Inc., …

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Strategies for small tent rental companies that want to participate in big event trends

As the demand grows for event structures that disguise their temporary nature and add panache, companies with limited resources—employees, inventory, equipment—may wonder where they fit in. Although small operations may not have Fortune 500 companies knocking on their doors, “the size of your company has no relevance in terms of being able to provide something …

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2016 State of the Industry

March 9, 2016

U.S. and world markets overview All but one of the traditional end product market segments regularly monitored by IFAI achieved single-digit sales growth in 2015. (The military market was flat in 2015.) The marine fabrics market tops the list—growing at 7 percent. Investing in state-of-the-art equipment, lean/quality improvement manufacturing practices, training staff and developing and …