Events

Answers to your Supply Chain questions!

August 8, 2022

CONNECT by ATA will be hosting an Ask Me Anything on Supply Chain Challenges event with Bill Rooney of Kuehne + Nagel Inc. on August 30! Get the answers to your supply chain questions from an expert at this live session on August 30 from 1-2pm EDT. Can’t make it to the live session? Email …

Company News

CE Rentals rebrands to Curated Events

August 8, 2022

CE Rentals, Raleigh, N.C., has rebranded under a new name — Curated Events. Curated Events is a brand consolidation of CE Rentals’ six event rental companies located throughout the eastern United States; together, this consolidation will streamline operations and expand services. As of Aug. 1, 2022, the company will offer expanded event resources through its unification with …

Projects

Tenting the Barrett-Jackson car auction

August 1, 2022

As Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. entered its 50th year of producing live collector car auctions, it secured a partnership with San Antonio, Texas-based National Structures Events & Services to ensure the tenting structures supporting the Scottsdale Auction were as phenomenal as the event itself. Awarded in July 2021, the five-year partnership kicked off in …

Features

Leaders under 40

August 1, 2022

We asked our readers for nominations of individuals who they feel are showing leadership and actively working to improve the industry. As you’ll see on the next several pages, the results were truly impressive! Despite their age, many of the nominees have several decades of experience already, having grown up as the second or even …

Safety

Beyond ADA

August 1, 2022

Any organizer of large outdoor events knows that they require substantial planning ahead of time, and naturally attract considerable numbers of people. Outdoor environments are highly unpredictable and much more likely to contain hazards than the traditional built environment. As a result, tent rental and event planning companies have to be aware of a wide …

Management

Attract the hourly workforce

August 1, 2022

The rapid pace of change due to COVID-19 and its impact on hiring and retaining hourly employees demands a new source of insight to distinguish yourself as an employer. Historically, most employers turn to benchmarking as a first step toward enhancing their employee attraction and retention efforts. But a new source is emerging, and that …

Tips and Techniques

Four crucial habits of successful salespeople

August 1, 2022

I regularly get asked what the most important factor is that contributes to building and managing successful sales teams. While there are many contributing factors, the most critical is engaged sales leaders who proactively identify the four bad habits that impede a salesperson’s ability to efficiently manage his or her time and exceed organizational goals. Failure …

Company Profile

From local store to international leader

August 1, 2022

For Janice Grieshop, vice president of Celina in Celina, Ohio, it all began in 1996 when a local hardware store went out of business after 74 years. “My husband, Herb, and I purchased its small inventory of tables, chairs and three tents and started Celina Tent Rental out of our rural home,” she says. “Our …

Features

Sticker Shock

August 1, 2022

Even as COVID-induced cancellations recede, vendors must now deal with spiking costs resulting from rising demand, geopolitical instability, supply chain breakdowns and other economic trends. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that recent consumer prices are the highest in 40 years.  Companies across all industries are facing rapidly rising costs for …

News

TRD partners with ARA

August 1, 2022

Dark clouds build ominously on the horizon as the workers finish a large tent installation. Strong winds and heavy rain are forecast. The local fire marshal arrives to issue the necessary permit and eyes the ballast skeptically. A storm is on the way—will the tent hold?  Are you sure? Michael Tharpe, Chairman of the Tent …

Expo News

IFAI Expo 2022 call for presentations

December 20, 2021

The Industrial Fabrics Association International is now accepting proposals for presentations at IFAI Expo 2022. IFAI Expo will take place Oct. 12-14, 2022, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., with education Oct. 11-14. IFAI is accepting proposals for 50-minute classroom sessions in several categories: Advanced Textiles Shade & Weather Protection Specialty Fabrics Marine …

Expo News

IFAI Expo: Leveraging rental tents during and after the pandemic

November 4, 2021

Jim Reyen, business director at Johnson Outdoors Inc./Eureka! Big Tents Division, presented the campfire session “Leveraging Rental Tents During and After the COVID Pandemic” at IFAI Expo in Nashville, Tenn. During the session, Reyen explained the changing demands for tents throughout various stages of the pandemic. “The first wave of tent demand ran from March …

Expo News

IFAI Expo: How to outsell your competition

November 3, 2021

During the education session “Outselling Your Competition: Four Activities Your Sales Team Must Be Doing Post-COVID” at IFAI Expo 2021 in Nashville, Tenn., James Auerbach, vice president—event segment for the American Rental Association, shared four measurable and respectable pillars that all salespeople must excel at in order to outsell their competition. Referred to as the …

Expo News

IFAI Expo: Shade sail engineering software

November 2, 2021

On Nov. 2, 2021, at IFAI Expo in Nashville, Tenn., Timothy Akes, representative for the Americas, MPanel Software Solutions, and Andrew Askwith, senior software developer, MPanel Software Solutions, presented the education session “Shade Sail Engineering—It’s Not Just a Bunch of Numbers.” According to Akes, there is a tendency for shade sail engineering to be relegated …

Events

Messe Stuttgart’s Sun Shading Expo North America moves co-location debut with IFAI Expo to 2022

July 7, 2021

Messe Stuttgart announced that its new U.S.-based show Sun Shading Expo North America will not be held in 2021 as a separate trade show but will instead contribute its expertise in internal and external sun shading systems at IFAI Expo 2021 in the form of expert talks, open discussions and more. IFAI Expo 2021 will still take place …

Expo News

Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021

May 10, 2021

Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021. IFAI Expo celebrates the 100th anniversary of the show this November, and you won’t want to miss it! After a long hiatus of in-person events, this year’s show is the perfect place to reconnect with your industry. Register now to get the Early Bird rate! Early Bird rates end …

Expo News

Standard for active illumination developed in Europe

November 16, 2020

In a session at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020, “Smart Textiles Standardization, Active Illumination,” Dr. Jan Beringer, senior scientific expert Hohenstein Group, explained the new standard for active illumination that will soon be implemented in European Union countries.  Organizations worked together to develop the standards. It is notable, he said that both textile and electronics industries …

Expo News

Rapid prototyping = faster market launch

November 16, 2020

A presentation at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020, titled, “Rapid Prototyping and Textile Product Development” urged attendees to use “sticks and glue … whatever method you have to get your idea out there.” The presenter, Dr. Andre West, director of the Zeis Textiles Extension (ZTE), Wilson College of Textiles, NC State University, may not have meant …

Expo News

Textile industry leaders call for policy changes to support U.S. production of PPE

November 13, 2020

The U.S. textile industry has stepped up to meet the demand for face masks, medical gowns, wipes and other products necessary to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but it needs policy changes from Washington so that the U.S. is not caught off-guard again in a future crisis, according to association leaders speaking at Industrial Fabrics Association …

Expo News

The larger issues in respiratory protection

November 12, 2020

Dr. Bryran Ormond, assistant professor, Wilson College of Textiles, NC State explained respiratory protection in an “Ask an Expert” session with Jing Liang, Medical PPE Consulting LLC. Dr. Ormand has typically worked in the area of chemical and biological protective equipment, but with the onslaught of the pandemic, began to focus on respiratory protection generally, …

Features

The return of festivals

August 1, 2022

People are shopping, dining out and going to movies. They’re heading back to schools and offices. Milestones are being celebrated, “I do’s” are being said, and along with all this return to near-normal life, festivals big and small are once again part of the entertainment landscape. For tent and event rental companies supplying this market, …

Features

Sticker Shock

August 1, 2022

Even as COVID-induced cancellations recede, vendors must now deal with spiking costs resulting from rising demand, geopolitical instability, supply chain breakdowns and other economic trends. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that recent consumer prices are the highest in 40 years.  Companies across all industries are facing rapidly rising costs for …

Features

Leaders under 40

August 1, 2022

We asked our readers for nominations of individuals who they feel are showing leadership and actively working to improve the industry. As you’ll see on the next several pages, the results were truly impressive! Despite their age, many of the nominees have several decades of experience already, having grown up as the second or even …

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Long-term rental success

June 1, 2022

When certain types of emergencies happen—think hurricanes, earthquakes, fires—tented structures often become an essential part of the response plan. In the case of COVID, several short-term rentals ended up as long-term rentals, becoming subject to permanent building codes. For the tent rental industry, considerations for when short-term installations become long-term must always come down to …

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Storm Safety

June 1, 2022

Weather forecasting is one of the most maligned sciences around. Everybody has a story about the time they canceled elaborate plans because it was supposed to storm—and then not a drop of rain fell.  What about when the forecast is right?  “In my time, we’ve had all kinds of weather ruin events,” says Mitch Holt, …

Features

2022 Reader’s Choice Awards

June 1, 2022

What tent rental industry supplier always comes through when you need them? Which piece of equipment saves time and labor? And what services do you depend on to run your business? Keeping reading to find out.  Best Frame Tent  Anchor Industries Fred’s Tents & Canopies Rainier Industries Honorable Mention:  Aztec Tents, Eureka! Tents, Fiesta Tents, …

Features

2022 Wedding Trends

April 1, 2022

There’s a reason why so many weddings seem to be cookie-cutter productions. In addition to putting together the biggest party of a couple’s life, there are families to placate, funds to be allocated, guest lists to be trimmed and complex rules of etiquette to be followed. But one thing that can be modified to reflect …

Features

Working together

April 1, 2022

Can you count the number of moving parts involved in planning and staging a successful and memorable wedding? Maybe not, but you can certainly count how many need to go wrong to spoil the day—and it’s not very many.  A critical component to making sure that doesn’t happen is the relationship between the companies that …

Features

Flooring and staging trends

April 1, 2022

Weddings began returning in 2021, picking up steam as the year wore on. But now they’re really making a comeback, foretelling a wedding season that could extricate the tent and event rental industry more fully from the doldrums of the past two years.  “The tent companies are telling me they’re booked solid for the summer,” …

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Peaks of perfection: installations that wow

December 1, 2021

If invitations create a first impression of an event, the tents and structures used at an event make a lasting impression. Here’s a look at four eye-popping tent projects that wowed clients, astonished event attendees, and had tent installation teams exclaiming “veni, vidi, vici!”  Big demands, big rewards At a recent wedding held at a …

Events

Answers to your Supply Chain questions!

August 8, 2022

CONNECT by ATA will be hosting an Ask Me Anything on Supply Chain Challenges event with Bill Rooney of Kuehne + Nagel Inc. on August 30! Get the answers to your supply chain questions from an expert at this live session on August 30 from 1-2pm EDT. Can’t make it to the live session? Email …

Company News

CE Rentals rebrands to Curated Events

August 8, 2022

CE Rentals, Raleigh, N.C., has rebranded under a new name — Curated Events. Curated Events is a brand consolidation of CE Rentals’ six event rental companies located throughout the eastern United States; together, this consolidation will streamline operations and expand services. As of Aug. 1, 2022, the company will offer expanded event resources through its unification with …

News

TRD partners with ARA

August 1, 2022

Dark clouds build ominously on the horizon as the workers finish a large tent installation. Strong winds and heavy rain are forecast. The local fire marshal arrives to issue the necessary permit and eyes the ballast skeptically. A storm is on the way—will the tent hold?  Are you sure? Michael Tharpe, Chairman of the Tent …

IFAI news

Advanced Textiles Association debuts new logo

July 28, 2022

Advanced Textiles Association (ATA), recently launched their new logo. ATA became the official new name of the association formerly known as Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), on June 1 and have now released their new look. The goal was to find a name and acronym that was more inclusive of the textiles, fabrics, materials that …

Company News

Party Time Rentals is now Premiere Events

July 28, 2022

In an effort to offer a cohesive brand at all of its locations, Party Time Rentals, College Station, Texas, is now known as Premiere Events. The change occurred Wednesday, July 20, 2022. This change is a natural evolution and won’t affect any other aspect of the operation, according to Delores Crum, CERP, president and chief culture …

Company News

Jake Ritchie joins Herculite Products

July 26, 2022

Herculite Products Inc., an innovator and manufacturer of high performance and custom fabrics is pleased to announce that Jake Ritchie has been hired as Midwest Regional Manager for the Direct Sales team. Jake Ritchie joins the Herculite sales team with over four years of B2B sales support. Jake received a degree in Business Management from …

Company News

Ideal Rent-All acquires Pacific Party Canopies

July 19, 2022

Ideal Rent-All, Mount Vernon, Wash., a general equipment rental company located north of Seattle, has acquired Pacific Party Canopies, Burlington, Wash. The acquisition was effective July 13 and will carry forward the legacy of clean, high-quality event rental equipment established by Greg Greenfield. The acquisition gives Ideal Rental-All the ability to broaden its portfolio of services …

Industry News

Peer Executive Groups names 2022 Event & Tent Top Gun winners

July 18, 2022

Peer Executive Groups (PEG) has named the winners of its 2022 Top Gun Awards. The awards recognize rental store operators who receive the PEG Pinnacle Award for Financial Excellence. The accolades are given to the top 25 percent of rental stores, based on financials submitted by rental operators, and verified by Peer Executive Groups. This is …

Company News

Highlander Partners announces sale of QTI Fibers

July 5, 2022

Highlander Partners, L.P. (“Highlander”), a Dallas-based private investment firm, today announced the sale of its portfolio company QTI Fibers (“QTI” or “the Company”) to Norwest Equity Partners (“NEP”). QTI is a US-based vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of a range of stylish, highly technical fibers and fabrics for high-end consumer and industrial applications. QTI, with …

Company News

Shelter Structures America expands to the Midwest

June 29, 2022

Shelter Structures America, a provider of temporary clearspan tent structures and distributor of event furniture to the special event rental industry announced today the purchase of a new 15,000-square-foot distribution center in Chicago, Illinois. The new facility will offer clients access to premier products while reducing transportation costs and product delivery time to the Midwest …

Industry News

Join the National Safety Stand-Down May 6−10

May 1, 2019

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in the U.S. in 2017 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data). The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country to stop fall fatalities and injuries. What …

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 …

On the Job

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 …

On the Job

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 …

On the Job

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 …

Projects

Tenting the Barrett-Jackson car auction

August 1, 2022

As Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. entered its 50th year of producing live collector car auctions, it secured a partnership with San Antonio, Texas-based National Structures Events & Services to ensure the tenting structures supporting the Scottsdale Auction were as phenomenal as the event itself. Awarded in July 2021, the five-year partnership kicked off in …

Inspired!

Inspired

August 1, 2022

This wedding was held in Toronto, Ont., Canada under a 30-by-95-foot Legacy Tent Structure with the roof panels removed to allow unobstructed views of a clear, starry night. Installation was completed by Premier Event Tent Rentals. Photo courtesy of Premier Event Tent Rentals.

Projects

An Olympian Task

June 1, 2022

It would have been a tall order for a less adept company. After all, the job wasn’t only extremely high-profile—the Beijing Winter Olympics—it involved providing and setting up more than 30 structures under extreme conditions and on some less-than-ideal terrain, all while adhering to strict COVID protocols. But as one of the largest installers in …

Projects

Montreal General Hospital Trauma Center

June 1, 2022

As the pandemic swept across Canada in 2020, Fiesta Tents, located in Saint-Laurent, Que., received many requests to help the Canadian health system cope with the influx of patients. The company would ultimately be involved in several projects ranging from remote Indigenous facilities to testing clinics in downtown Montreal. But one project stood out from …

Projects

Moreton Hire builds a legacy

June 1, 2022

In 1969, Marlene and Kevin Morahan bought some chairs for their local school’s festival in Manly, Brisbane, Australia. Afterward, locals began asking to use the chairs for other events in the area and before long, their simple purchase transformed their family garage into “Moreton Bay Hire,” offering rental party and building equipment.  Fifty years later, …

Projects

Tenting the Grey Cup Championship

April 1, 2022

On December 12, 2021, the 108th Grey Cup decided the Canadian Football League (CFL) season championship for the 2021 season at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont., Canada. Surrounding and supporting the championship game were tented structures by Premier Event Tent Rentals Inc., Brampton, Ont., Canada. Premier’s tents supported the event planner’s vision for an …

Installation Spotlight

Eventstar Structures engineers rooftop enclosure

April 1, 2022

In 2018, Eventstar Structures of Medley, Fla., was commissioned to cover the expansive pool deck at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. The casino wanted to enclose the roof deck to allow the Kaos Day Club and Night Club located there to remain operational during the winter season. However, the build was not …

Projects

Classical Tents satisfies savvy shoppers

April 1, 2022

Katherine Lockridge bought Classical Tents and Party Goods 27 years ago with co-owner Ben Naylor while completing her Master of Education degree. She didn’t pursue teaching in the traditional sense, but Lockridge has since educated herself on an industry she and Naylor knew nothing about at the time of sale.  “Buying the company felt like …

Inspired!

Inspired: Skyline Events

April 1, 2022

Skyline Events staged this beautiful wedding in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., under an Aurora Sailcloth tent manufactured by Anchor Industries Inc. The floor was constructed with Bil-Jax 2100 and featured custom rounded corners, which were designed to mirror the profile of the rounded tents. Photo courtesy of Jay Hingeley.

Showcase

Foundation of a holiday festival

December 1, 2021

McCarthy Tents and Events puts community first with a holiday event—despite the risks of the day.  by Sigrid Tornquist To plan an event today means taking more risk than ever. Given COVID-19 and its known and unknown variants, the stakes are particularly high. Before plans are set in motion and before a single stake is …