Industry News

NCTO issues statement following President Biden’s remarks on global supply chain crisis

October 14, 2021

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement following President Biden’s remarks on the global supply chain crisis and stressed the importance of investing onshoring and nearshoring. NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas: “We appreciate President Biden’s call to ensure we are building more resilient and reliable supply …

Industry News

Herculite Products promotes two employees to new roles

October 14, 2021

Herculite Products Inc., an innovator and manufacturer of high performance and custom fabrics, has announced that Paul Flaherty and Marco Angelone have received leadership promotions. Flaherty has been promoted to the newly created position of chief strategy officer. In the new role, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s long …

Company News

Rainier Industries announces new CEO, partners with LMF Capital

October 11, 2021

Rainier Industries has announced the promotion of Chris Inverso to CEO. Scott Campbell, Rainier’s long-time CEO, will continue as an owner and board member. Inverso, who started with Rainier in 2014, was promoted to general manager earlier in the year in a planned step to his transition to CEO. He brings a depth of experience …

Miscellaneous

Call for photos: InTents Buyer’s Guide cover

October 7, 2021

InTents is looking for the perfect photo to grace the cover of the 2022 InTents Buyer’s Guide. This is your opportunity to show off your best work to the entire industry. Submit photos meeting these guidelines by Nov. 5, 2021: High resolution: 300 dpi and at least 2 MB. A clean and safe tent installation. Good …

IFAI news

IFAI introduces member benefit program and Expo discount offer

October 5, 2021

IFAI has announced a new benefit for IFAI members in the United States: the IFAI Health and Benefit Insurance program. In light of the announcement, IFAI is also offering members a 25% discount on any IFAI Expo registration type to attend the show and learn more about the new benefit.  Use the code 21EXMD25 when registering for IFAI …

IFAI news

Now available: The InTents IDEA Book

October 1, 2021

Brought to you by the award-winning editorial staff of InTents magazine, the InTents IDEA Book is a special digital publication that contains information and inspiration for the tent and event rental industry. The issue explores four tent and event rental product categories—chairs, floors, equipment and luxury restroom trailers—and covers the best in business practices and …

Feature

InTents Premier Product Showcase 2021, Part 1

October 1, 2021

Customization, fast installation, easy handling and style—these are the qualities that tent and event rental companies demand. For the annual InTents Premier Product Showcase, we asked our contributors to send us information about their latest products and services that help save tent rental companies time and labor, perform safer installations and turn a profit. We …

Editorial

Seeking inspiration?

October 1, 2021

This issue of InTents is packed with information geared toward keeping your business at the forefront of the industry. As we move into the autumn months and the days grow shorter, choosing the right lighting solution for a tented event can be challenging. Turn to page 20 for “bright” ideas pertaining to event lighting. Winter …

Feature

Winter wonderlands: advice for successful winter tenting

October 1, 2021

Most news having to do with climate change focuses on climbing global temperatures. But those in the tenting industry who work in northern climates know that shifts in weather patterns also bring unexpected cold—and that working in frigid temperatures is simply part of the business. For example, in January 2019, according to the Yale Climate …

Feature

Bright ideas

October 1, 2021

Although not typically the star player when it comes to tented events, lighting nevertheless plays a strong supporting role, capable of adding to, or detracting from, the overall ambience of an event. Make the wrong lighting choice and the result can be an event that is somehow off, where the decor’s impact is lessened, the …

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, …

Expo News

Rodgers: Textiles are the “T” in STEM

November 11, 2020

How do you create a channel from research to application? How do you create a pathway toward understanding complex human problems across supply chains and market sectors? STEM—a curriculum based on teaching science, technology, engineering and math—has branched out from basic chemistry and biology and physics classes, into collaborative efforts, including textiles, according to Stephanie …

Expo News

Partnerships in smart textile products

November 11, 2020

The second week of IFAI’s Virtual Expo 2020 advanced textiles educational sessions began with a presentation that illustrated the importance of collaboration. “Smart textiles for healthcare and wellbeing: a collaborative approach” had three presenters speaking from different perspectives, but with one, unified message about reaching across geographical distance and areas of expertise to create successful …

Expo News

Welding technology for your business

November 11, 2020

During IFAI Virtual Expo 2020, Jeff Sponseller, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Miller Weldmaster, led a campfire session titled “How to Select the Correct Welding Technology for Your Business.” “Essentially a good weld means that the fabric will tear before the weld does,” says Sponseller. Many types of different materials can be …

Expo News

Guidance offered in commercial insurance market

November 10, 2020

Wildfires, hurricanes, a pandemic and civil unrest have wreaked plenty of chaos on the commercial insurance market in 2020. Steve Christenson, with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, offered guidance to business owners Nov. 9 at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020. “The business insurance market has been going through several changes this year,” says Christenson, with U.S. …

Feature

Bright ideas

October 1, 2021

Although not typically the star player when it comes to tented events, lighting nevertheless plays a strong supporting role, capable of adding to, or detracting from, the overall ambience of an event. Make the wrong lighting choice and the result can be an event that is somehow off, where the decor’s impact is lessened, the …

Feature

Winter wonderlands: advice for successful winter tenting

October 1, 2021

Most news having to do with climate change focuses on climbing global temperatures. But those in the tenting industry who work in northern climates know that shifts in weather patterns also bring unexpected cold—and that working in frigid temperatures is simply part of the business. For example, in January 2019, according to the Yale Climate …

Feature

InTents Premier Product Showcase 2021, Part 1

October 1, 2021

Customization, fast installation, easy handling and style—these are the qualities that tent and event rental companies demand. For the annual InTents Premier Product Showcase, we asked our contributors to send us information about their latest products and services that help save tent rental companies time and labor, perform safer installations and turn a profit. We …

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Stake it to the limit

August 1, 2021

Demanding tent installations call for unique anchoring solutions. by Pamela Mills-Senn When it comes to tent installs and the anchoring required to keep everything safely in place, every project should be approached with respect since even the most seemingly straightforward can turn unexpectedly vexing. But the need for exact planning, preparation and execution becomes even …

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Table talk

August 1, 2021

With events and celebrations back on the calendar, new trends and demands in tables and seating have emerged.  by Maura Keller Event planners are, once again, beginning to plan. Bridal couples are evaluating tables and seating options that will “wow” attendees, and corporations are busy envisioning what their next outdoor soirees will look like. As …

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Just like new: keeping rental fabrics clean

August 1, 2021

Keeping rental fabrics clean is a top priority for event companies. by Jeff Moravec Chuck Shipp, owner of Shipp Cleaning Systems and Clean a Tent, based in Conyers, Ga., knows a thing or two about how to effectively clean tents, linens and other event fabrics, but he says that knowledge came the hard way: “I’ve …

Company News

Last call for submissions: InTents Premier Product Showcase

July 27, 2021

Get your products in front of thousands of customers in the October/November 2021 issue of InTents magazine, for FREE! The deadline to submit is July 30, 2021. Showcase your company’s most valued products and get maximum exposure during a time when many organizations are making their purchasing decisions for the upcoming season. Your company should be included …

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The return of “I do”

June 1, 2021

As the country begins to reopen, weddings are back on the schedule. by Pamela Mills-Senn Although the guest counts are smaller compared to pre-pandemic times, the tent and event rental industry and event planners are seeing reasons to celebrate. As the misery of 2020 begins receding in the rearview mirror, tent and event rental companies …

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Beat the heat

June 1, 2021

As summer temperatures rise, a climate-controlled tented environment will keep the party cool. by Jeff Moravec It’s easy to understand why the use of air conditioning has been increasingly common for weddings and other tented events.  “Most people have been to that wedding without air conditioning where it was so hot you don’t remember anything …

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In-demand wedding decor

June 1, 2021

As more consumers turn to tents for outdoor soirees, the decor elements that enhance tent structures are getting special attention. by Maura Keller Gone are the days when consumers simply installed a plain white tent for a wedding or event, set up drab tables and chairs with little thought about the overall tent experience. Today’s …

Industry News

NCTO issues statement following President Biden’s remarks on global supply chain crisis

October 14, 2021

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement following President Biden’s remarks on the global supply chain crisis and stressed the importance of investing onshoring and nearshoring. NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas: “We appreciate President Biden’s call to ensure we are building more resilient and reliable supply …

Industry News

Herculite Products promotes two employees to new roles

October 14, 2021

Herculite Products Inc., an innovator and manufacturer of high performance and custom fabrics, has announced that Paul Flaherty and Marco Angelone have received leadership promotions. Flaherty has been promoted to the newly created position of chief strategy officer. In the new role, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s long …

Company News

Rainier Industries announces new CEO, partners with LMF Capital

October 11, 2021

Rainier Industries has announced the promotion of Chris Inverso to CEO. Scott Campbell, Rainier’s long-time CEO, will continue as an owner and board member. Inverso, who started with Rainier in 2014, was promoted to general manager earlier in the year in a planned step to his transition to CEO. He brings a depth of experience …

IFAI news

IFAI introduces member benefit program and Expo discount offer

October 5, 2021

IFAI has announced a new benefit for IFAI members in the United States: the IFAI Health and Benefit Insurance program. In light of the announcement, IFAI is also offering members a 25% discount on any IFAI Expo registration type to attend the show and learn more about the new benefit.  Use the code 21EXMD25 when registering for IFAI …

IFAI news

Now available: The InTents IDEA Book

October 1, 2021

Brought to you by the award-winning editorial staff of InTents magazine, the InTents IDEA Book is a special digital publication that contains information and inspiration for the tent and event rental industry. The issue explores four tent and event rental product categories—chairs, floors, equipment and luxury restroom trailers—and covers the best in business practices and …

News

TRD Boot Camp recap

October 1, 2021

Tent Rental Division (TRD) Boot Camp events are back! In early August approximately 60 tent professionals gathered at Classic Tents & Events in Norcross, Ga., for a boot camp dedicated to educating teams and promoting safety during tent installations.  While TRD Boot Camps have typically been one-day training events in the past, this year’s event …

News

Tent Expo 2022: register now

October 1, 2021

Registration for Tent Expo 2022 is now open. IFAI’s Tent Expo is the biggest show of its kind in North America for the tent rental and supply industry. Every two years, hundreds of CEOs, colleagues, installers and suppliers come together to network, learn and revel in new product innovations and techniques under awe-inspiring tent displays. …

Profile

Entrepreneurial spirit

October 1, 2021

Here’s a recipe for success: Take a young person studying business, partner him up with his accountant father who has connections in the industry, stir in an entrepreneurial, never-give-up spirit and you have the makings that brought South Jersey Party Rentals to its current level of success. “It’s your American story,” says Jason Campisi, vice …

Company News

Camel Expeditionary awarded contract with the Defense Logistics Agency

September 27, 2021

Camel Expeditionary, a manufacturer of military tent products, was recently awarded a new five-year, $50 million contract with the Defense Logistics Agency. Under the contract, Camel will produce light maintenance enclosure (LME) structures, primarily for use by the United States Army. The tents are designed for all-weather use and typically house military vehicles, including high …

Company News

Point of Rental forms cloud engineering team

September 22, 2021

Point of Rental is expanding its focus on providing scalable, secure and reliable cloud hosting by creating a cloud engineering division, headed by Collin Pike, the company’s new chief architect of cloud engineering. Point of Rental currently uses several different types of cloud hosting. Moving forward, the cloud engineering division will manage the cloud scalability, …

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 …

Installation Spotlight

An elevated wedding

October 1, 2021

When it comes to a remote location for a wedding, nothing says seclusion like the top of a mountain.  In 2018 Diamond Event & Tent, a full-service rental company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, was contacted by Silver Summit Event Design, a boutique event design firm in Utah, about a client who desired a …

Showcase

Fore! Arena Americas builds structures at the Ryder Cup

October 1, 2021

When the PGA of America released a request for proposal for an experienced tent and event rental company to handle structures for four of its ongoing major tournaments until 2025, Arena Americas in Oak Creek, Wis., submitted a bid and ultimately won the contract. Three of the events take place each year—the PGA Championship, the …

Inspired!

Inspired! A sweet 16 to remember

October 1, 2021

It’s Your Party Events Inc., an event and wedding planning, consulting and design company based in Boca Raton, Fla., ensured an Arabian Nights-themed sweet 16 party in Wellington, Fla., was a smashing success. Accounting for the height of a tree that was in the center of the space, the company installed a pole tent over …

Inspired!

Inspired! Clear-top elegance

August 1, 2021

This November wedding reception took place at the Howey Mansion, a historic home in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Rentaland Tents and Events of Orlando, Fla., provided leg drapes, market lighting and a magnificent 40-by-180-foot clear-top structure tent from Tent Renter’s Supply. Photo courtesy of Rudy & Marta Photography.

Showcase

Safely packing in the people

August 1, 2021

The Twin Cities Auto Show draws more attendees than ever to a new outdoor tented venue. by Sigrid Tornquist Perhaps an auto show is the perfect event to bring a shimmer of hope and usher COVID-weary people back into the practice of safely celebrating at large gatherings. And maybe it’s an idea whose time has …

Installation Spotlight

A dino-mite installation

August 1, 2021

Sandone Productions Inc. helps to create an immersive experience for Jurassic World fans. Sandone Productions Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based full-service event company that specializes in tents and awnings, was recently contacted by a client about a project of brachiosaurus-sized proportions—literally. NBC/Universal Studios needed a structure for Jurassic World: The Exhibition, an eight-month interactive exhibit located …

Showcase

Let there be lights

June 1, 2021

From hanging lamps to chandeliers, Milestone Event Rental adds elegance to a formal farm wedding.  Imagine a Midwest landscape in autumn. Rolling golden cornfields, lush green grass, shade trees ablaze with yellow, orange and red foliage—this was to be the scenic backdrop for a September wedding in Iowa.   Toward the end of 2018, Milestone …

Installation Spotlight

Putting the “art” in state-of-the-art

June 1, 2021

Rainier Tent designs and installs a custom tent for a historic museum.  The Mercer Museum, a 6-story concrete castle located in Doylestown, Penn., is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and home to more than 40,000 early American artifacts. From horse-drawn carriages and a Conestoga wagon to thousands of pre-Industrial tools, the museum is visited …

Inspired!

Inspired! An evening of celebration

June 1, 2021

For a January 2021 wedding, Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals, Lake Mary, Fla., supplied a 30-by-40-foot clear tent from Economy Tent International as well as tent leg drapes. The celebration took place at Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, a restored Spanish farmhouse that overlooks a golf course in the heart of Winter Park, Fla. Photo: …

Showcase

Word-of-mouth connections

April 1, 2021

A tented wedding installation in the time of COVID-19 confronts a pandemic, hot weather and communication barriers to create an event that makes the happy couple—happy. by Sigrid Tornquist Never underestimate the power of a good reputation well-earned—especially when operating an events-based company during a pandemic. When event planner JZM Events, New York, N.Y., was …