Industry News

Palmer Snyder/PS Furniture celebrate 100 years

December 12, 2018

Palmer Snyder/PS Furniture Inc., based in Conneautville, Pa., will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019 as an American manufacturer. The company’s factory is located in the same small town in western Pennsylvania where Snyder Chair Co. was founded in 1919, now with a much-expanded and modernized factory plus sales offices around the United States and …

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Rental professionals gather at Point of Rental’s International Conference to network and share ideas for efficiency

December 11, 2018

Over the Top Rental Linens earns Point of Rental’s International Innovation Award for 2018. More than 200 rental experts converged at Point of Rental’s International Conference in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, region in November with the goal of increasing their business’s efficiency. Designed for Point of Rental users to network with rental professionals from throughout …

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Get ready to vote in the 2019 InTents Reader’s Choice Awards

December 10, 2018

Leave a comment about your favorite product or company and be entered to win a $150 Yeti gift card! What tent rental industry supplier always comes through when you need them? Which equipment or tool do you always want to have at an installation site? And what services do you depend on to run your …

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Euphoria Event Solutions increases luxury tent offerings with newly designed Hexadome tent structures

December 7, 2018

Euphoria Event Solutions LLC, Windsor, Conn., has recently taken the largest delivery in the U.S. of the European-designed Hexadome 100 square meter and 175 square meter tent structures. The Hexadome tent is manufactured in the Netherlands and is engineered with a modern aesthetic form. Euphoria Event Solutions will be the premier U.S. company to carry …

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Point of Rental Software acquires RentalTrax

December 6, 2018

Point of Rental Software, Grand Prairie, Texas, has acquired RentalTrax software from WIOsoft. RentalTrax has offices in Denmark and the United States, with a diverse customer base spanning Europe, North America and Australasia. The acquisition of RentalTrax adds to Point of Rental’s growing European presence and follows a string of recent acquisitions. In 2018, the …

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Olympic Tent welcomes Linc Aldershof as its national sales manager

December 6, 2018

  Tent manufacturer Olympic Tent, Tacoma, Wash., has hired Linc Aldershof as national sales manager. Aldershof brings 43 years of experience in the tent and industrial fabric industry to Olympic Tent. He will be responsible for developing new business relationships, promoting products and overseeing the sales team. Aldershof is an accomplished sales professional with a …

Inspired!

Inspired!

December 1, 2018

SoCal Tents and Events–a URS Company, based in South El Monte, Calif., partnered with Billy Butchkavitz and his team of design professionals for the fifth consecutive year to create a custom space for HBO’s Garden of Eden-themed Emmy after-party bash in September. The 100-by-120-foot curved-beam structure housed the event at the Pacific Design Center (PDC) …

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Tent installations that make you say WOW!

December 1, 2018

Masters at the craft of tenting devise creative solutions for challenging installations. Imagine a theatrical performance where the contribution of every member of the cast and crew is flawless; every costume, set piece and prop functions perfectly; and the sound and lighting come off without a single hitch. As an audience member, you can appreciate …

Business

How to recognize and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace

December 1, 2018

Far too often, the process of making bad and/or unethical choices begins with a simple, almost thoughtless decision. How do I know this? Well, I’ve seen it happen far too often. Harassment is not a sexy subject, and ethics are more than words. “The times they are a changing,” and that’s more than just song …

Business

New game apps teach safe lifting and materials handling practices

December 1, 2018

The Center for Construction Research and Training, an OSHA Alliance Program participant, has launched a number of new safety resources, including free game apps to help educate employees on how to prevent injuries that result from manually lifting and moving heavy materials. Lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the …

Expo News

2018 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition Winners Announced

October 18, 2018

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition awards. The winners were announced at IFAI Expo 2018, held Oct. 15-18 in Dallas, Texas. First Place Rafael Dias Simoes, Kevin Barthelmebs and Fabien Burgeat from ENSAVT University won …

Expo News

IFAI Expo 2018: Show Stopper winners on the floor

October 17, 2018

All the best from Texas: Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The seventh annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services …

Expo News

2018 International Achievement Award Winners Announced

October 17, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at IFAI Expo 2018. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in North America, held this year at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention …

Expo News

Sharpen your competitive edge

October 17, 2018

Asking yourself one simple question can help make your business a magnet for new customers, says marketing professional Madeleine MacRae, owner of MM MacRae Coaching & Consulting. “That question is ‘Who is your ideal client?’” In her Oct. 16 Expo session on distinguishing yourself in the marketplace, MacRae says answering this question is the key …

Expo News

Digital presence is key to acquiring new customers in 2019

October 16, 2018

It’s no surprise the digital world means a company’s ability to attract and keep customers requires a dramatic shift in strategy, tools and resources. Ed Keough, vice president of sales for FutureGuard Building Products Inc. in Auburn, Maine, told business owners they need to embrace digital advertising or be “left in the dust” during his …

Expo News

IFAI Expo keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich: “acknowledge, honor and connect” with employees and customers

October 16, 2018

Keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich has straightforward advice for growing a business: Make a true connection with employees and customers and positive results will follow. Scharenbroich shared his humor and motivational wisdom with a packed room at IFAI’s 2018 Expo annual meeting October 16. Rain, wind and cold outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in …

Expo News

Textile testing for comfort

October 16, 2018

IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15 in Dallas offered a range of presentations—many of them focused on topics of particular interest in the advanced textiles area. Textile testing is one topic that will be addressed in more than one session. At the beginning of his talk yesterday on testing and evaluating fabrics’ human comfort, performance and …

Expo News

Useful social media for companies of all sizes

October 15, 2018

Should you bother with social media? Most definitely yes, says Luke Gusman, marketing manager for Sta-Lok Inc., a longtime manufacturer of marine and architectural rigging hardware. Gusman says that no matter how large or small your company, there are five social media platforms that can increase engagement with your product or service and raise your …

Expo News

Successful multigenerational workplaces

October 15, 2018

This is the first time in history that five distinct generations are working in a single workplace, says J. Karl Sherrill Jr., a certified risk manager with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, in his 2018 Expo session “Leading Successful Teams in a Multigenerational Workplace.” “It’s a trend affecting every business,” says Sherrill. “You have people …

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Sewing tips and tricks

October 15, 2018

One of the trickiest things facing the sewing industry is finding qualified workers. Many new employees may be unfamiliar with the basics of sewing machine operation, says Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas in Ham Lake, Minn. In her IFAI Expo session “Sewing Tips and Tricks,” Roberts points out that many young people didn’t grow …

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Tent installations that make you say WOW!

December 1, 2018

Masters at the craft of tenting devise creative solutions for challenging installations. Imagine a theatrical performance where the contribution of every member of the cast and crew is flawless; every costume, set piece and prop functions perfectly; and the sound and lighting come off without a single hitch. As an audience member, you can appreciate …

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Event lighting options grow to meet client demands

December 1, 2018

While LED technology changes the industry, social media drives trends in lighting for tented events. Back in the dark ages—before the internet and the rise of social media—decorative lighting was rarely a major consideration for tented events. “When I got married, there was no lighting,” says Sandy Mulrey, director of sales and marketing at DesignLight, …

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Find the products you need in the InTents 2019 Premier Product Showcase

December 1, 2018

Editor’s note: The companies in this section submitted product information by the specified deadline. This section is organized by three product categories: tents, structures and fabric; decor and accessories; and tools and equipment. InTents features a regular New Products section in each issue. To have your new products included, please direct your product information to …

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Solutions to warm tents up and cool them down

November 29, 2018

Whether the mercury is falling or rising, climate control suppliers are offering more options than ever to keep tented events comfortable.   Some tented events need heat, and some need cooling solutions. Then there are those that need both. “We have … found that many of our clients require heating and cooling at the same …

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Take a seat at the table: Make every tented event space unique with event furniture options

October 1, 2018

Tables and seating for tented events. For years, the options for these vital event components were limited in sizes and styles. These days, there’s an array of options available to suit the needs and visions of a variety of events (and their visionary coordinators). Setting the stage Jacqueline Klene, event designer at Exclusive Events Inc. …

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Making it easy: Keder advances tent technology

October 1, 2018

From speedy installs and airtight seals to creative, new applications, the benefits of keder remain key to industry progress. Hidden within aluminum extrusions, shaping both simple tents and extravagant clearspans, lies the years-old invention that continues to help advance the success and technology of the tent industry today: keder, a bead or core that attaches …

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Taking the lead: Women professionals thrive in the male-dominated tent industry

October 1, 2018

Women have always contributed to the tent rental industry, even as it’s traditionally been a man’s world. As their influence continues to grow, career opportunities are expanding. When Sarah Crews, director of sales and marketing for Miami, Fla.-based Economy Tent International (ETI), started going to outdoor trade shows 13 years ago, she didn’t see many …

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Buyer expectations for clearspan tents

August 28, 2018

Tent rental companies investing in clearspans should expect documentation, customer service, training and more. Clearspan structures are a major investment for tent rental companies. Before taking the plunge, buyers need to understand what a manufacturer offers in regard to engineering documentation and other certification, product availability, training and ongoing support. “Clients can expect the validation …

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Engineered clearspan systems expand the pie in all markets

August 1, 2018

For Thomas Pollard, the introduction of clearspan structures in Canada has meant the difference between being able to install tents year-round versus closing up shop in the winter. “What has changed up here [in western Canada] over the past 10 years is that there was no clearspan market 10 years ago,” says Pollard, vice president, …

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Outdoor trade shows offer opportunities and challenges for tenting

August 1, 2018

Semiconductors and dentistry tools fit nicely on a table in an exhibit hall—cranes and airplanes not so much. That’s why makers and sellers of big and heavy products ply their goods at outdoor industrial showcases. Even if a convention center can accommodate large products for a trade show, exhibitors won’t be allowed to run them …

Industry News

Palmer Snyder/PS Furniture celebrate 100 years

December 12, 2018

Palmer Snyder/PS Furniture Inc., based in Conneautville, Pa., will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019 as an American manufacturer. The company’s factory is located in the same small town in western Pennsylvania where Snyder Chair Co. was founded in 1919, now with a much-expanded and modernized factory plus sales offices around the United States and …

Industry News

Rental professionals gather at Point of Rental’s International Conference to network and share ideas for efficiency

December 11, 2018

Over the Top Rental Linens earns Point of Rental’s International Innovation Award for 2018. More than 200 rental experts converged at Point of Rental’s International Conference in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, region in November with the goal of increasing their business’s efficiency. Designed for Point of Rental users to network with rental professionals from throughout …

Industry News

Get ready to vote in the 2019 InTents Reader’s Choice Awards

December 10, 2018

Leave a comment about your favorite product or company and be entered to win a $150 Yeti gift card! What tent rental industry supplier always comes through when you need them? Which equipment or tool do you always want to have at an installation site? And what services do you depend on to run your …

Industry News

Euphoria Event Solutions increases luxury tent offerings with newly designed Hexadome tent structures

December 7, 2018

Euphoria Event Solutions LLC, Windsor, Conn., has recently taken the largest delivery in the U.S. of the European-designed Hexadome 100 square meter and 175 square meter tent structures. The Hexadome tent is manufactured in the Netherlands and is engineered with a modern aesthetic form. Euphoria Event Solutions will be the premier U.S. company to carry …

Industry News

Point of Rental Software acquires RentalTrax

December 6, 2018

Point of Rental Software, Grand Prairie, Texas, has acquired RentalTrax software from WIOsoft. RentalTrax has offices in Denmark and the United States, with a diverse customer base spanning Europe, North America and Australasia. The acquisition of RentalTrax adds to Point of Rental’s growing European presence and follows a string of recent acquisitions. In 2018, the …

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Olympic Tent welcomes Linc Aldershof as its national sales manager

December 6, 2018

  Tent manufacturer Olympic Tent, Tacoma, Wash., has hired Linc Aldershof as national sales manager. Aldershof brings 43 years of experience in the tent and industrial fabric industry to Olympic Tent. He will be responsible for developing new business relationships, promoting products and overseeing the sales team. Aldershof is an accomplished sales professional with a …

Showcase

Rooftop installation for luxury vehicle launch

December 1, 2018

A vehicle launch at a West Hollywood hotel by 24/7 Events calls for a bash that pulls out all the stops, including structures by Liri Tent Technology and craning a car onto the roof. An event taking place in an upscale, vibrant area must be upscale and vibrant as well—it’s an expectation of industry professionals, …

Design Spotlight

Award-winning event decor at the Greenskeeper

December 1, 2018

CORT Events sets the stage for a party at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Having set a PGA record for attendance in 2018 with more than 720,000 fans, the Waste Management Phoenix Open promotes itself with the hashtag #ThePeoplesOpen. It is also known as “the greenest show on grass”—showcasing environmental best practices and zero waste …

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Canvas Houses founded to fabricate tiny homes for the homeless.

December 1, 2018

For years, Liz Diaz, MFC, has been fabricating custom high-end marine canvas exteriors and interiors from her North Beach Canvas shop in San Francisco’s North Beach. Always on the lookout for ways to improve her business, Diaz took continuing education classes, which focus on helping people bring their passions and talents together to create a …

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Tent Expo 2019 to feature packed educational lineup

December 1, 2018

Tent professionals from around the globe will gather Jan. 23–25 at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., for Tent Expo 2019, the biannual expo that features education, end products, equipment, components, full-size tents and demos along with networking and socializing. Industry members attend Tent Expo to improve their tent rental business, get hands-on training, …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

On the Job

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 …

On the Job

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 …

Event Production

Museum of the American Revolution inspires with a clear top tent

June 1, 2017

For the April grand opening gala of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pa., EventQuip of Lansdale, Pa., installed a 12-by-76-meter Losberger P7 profile with a clear top for the gala dinner tent, a 9-by-6-meter Losberger P7 with a white top for the entrance tent, a 9-by-55-foot clear-top Aztec marquee for building access, …

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

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

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

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 …