Industry News

Peachtree acquires EventWorks LLC

September 18, 2017

Peachtree Tents & Events LLC of Atlanta, Ga., and Nashville, Tenn., together with its capital and mezzanine partners, Gemini Investors and Resolute Capital Partners, has acquired EventWorks LLC with offices in Charleston, S.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. “We’ve had opportunities to partner with several event service companies over the years, and Peachtree’s reputation …

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TopTec contribution to hurricane relief efforts

September 5, 2017

Many companies in the event rental industry are working around the clock to help the thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey. TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., is donating a portion of the proceeds from all TopTec tent orders placed from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund in honor of …

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Clearspan structures meet many demands

August 18, 2017

All Occasions Event Rental of Cincinnati, Ohio, has offered clearspans for 11 years, purchasing the first one in 2006, says Tommy Wilson, director of event services. The company started with smaller structures, in widths of 20, 30, 40, and 50 feet, and currently stocks about 50,000 square feet of clearspan. “We added them to our …

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Making equipment investments pay for themselves

August 14, 2017

Prior to investing in new equipment, decision makers in tent rental companies should evaluate each task that needs to be done, measuring the costs of doing each task and looking for ways to eliminate or reduce those costs. Equipment investments should add efficiency and durability to the equation and outperform old technologies dramatically. Often, a …

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Jim Reyen, past recipient of IFAI’s Bruce W. Wodetzki Award, passed away

August 8, 2017

Jim Reyen, 72, passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, at his home in Vestal, N.Y. Reyen was a past recipient of IFAI’s Bruce W. Wodetzki Award, the tent rental industry’s most prestigious honor. For more, click here.

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Glen Raven to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills

August 2, 2017

Glen Raven Inc., a global provider of performance fabrics, has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills, a market leader in the design and manufacture of decorative jacquard fabrics. Under the agreement, Sunbury will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Glen Raven Inc. and will operate as part of Glen Raven Custom …

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M&M Event Rentals recapitalizes Marquee Event Group; Marquee’s Holditch to retire

August 2, 2017

M&M Event Rentals, Carol Stream, Ill., has recapitalized Marquee Event Group, Austin, Texas. This strategic acquisition is the sixth since partnering with Dubin Clark & Co. Inc. in February 2016. Terms were not disclosed. Prior acquisitions for M&M include: Celebration Event Rental, Grand Prairie, Texas All Seasons Event Rental, Kansas City, Kan. AAA Rental System, …

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Mahaffey acquires $24.2 million in tent and structure assets from Classic Party Rentals

August 2, 2017

Mahaffey Fabric Structures has acquired more than $24.2 million in assets from Classic Party Rentals, including tents, structure frame, fabric pieces and specialty structures. Based in Memphis, Tenn., Mahaffey provides temporary turnkey structures and shelter solutions across the United States. With this purchase, Mahaffey will have an expanded network of both personnel and products to …

Products

Moving wash lighting

August 1, 2017

Chauvet Professional’s Maverick MK3 Wash is a powerful and intensely bright RGBW LED moving wash. Powered by 27 40W OSRAM OSTAR LEDs, the new pixel mappable fixture has the output and performance features needed for large arena applications. Depending on the zoom angle, the fixture can produce an illuminance of 89,200 lux when measured at …

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Content creation and sharing

August 1, 2017

Build trust by educating current and potential customers. As a tent and event professional, you are responsible for knowing the ins and outs of tent rental and installation, and your customers rely on your expertise and guidance in helping them make the best decisions for their event. But today’s consumers are looking to become educated …

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Equipment that makes the job easy and safe

August 1, 2017

Tent professionals are always eager to find ways to make the job of installing tents easier, safer and more efficient. Equipment developed specifically for the tent industry—by the very people who install tents day in and day out—helps achieve these goals. No one knows who coined the proverb “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Given …

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Corporate events are big on originality, safety and branding

August 1, 2017

Corporate clients look to event rental companies to design extraordinary events that are big on originality, safety and branding. A Harley-Davidson dealership in Orlando, Fla., might not seem like a logical place to host a corporate tented event, but the unexpected venue has become a favorite for businesses looking to create a memorable evening for …

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Clearspan tents offer clear advantages

August 1, 2017

Clearspan structures open up lucrative markets for tent rental companies. With scaled-down and modular designs, even small tent rental companies can take advantage of these opportunities. Clearspan structures offer an array of benefits for tent rental companies and their clients. One of the biggest attractions is their unobstructed interior space—there’s no need for interior support …

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Frame tent systems please customers of all kinds

June 1, 2017

For most tent rental companies, an inventory that doesn’t include frame tents is unthinkable. Frame tent systems are the workhorses of the industry, favored by customers for all kinds of events. Frame tents play an indispensable role in almost every tent rental company’s inventory. As common as they are, these tents are anything but unassuming …

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Tent rental companies help clients throw the best backyard parties

June 1, 2017

Summertime for tent rental means street fairs, farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts and community festivals. If people are gathering and celebrating outdoors, there’s probably a tent involved. But many of the best tented parties are out of sight. They aren’t hidden underground like Prohibition speakeasies, they’re just in private backyards. Backyard parties have increased in both …

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Tent renters and event planners contend with photo-collection sites

June 1, 2017

His company’s hometown may be North Carolina’s largest city, site of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame and Bank of America’s headquarters location, but Dan Hooks isn’t too proud to chuckle that “Charlotte is not exactly the hotbed for fashion or cutting-edge style. “It used to take six months to a year for a trend to get …

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Weddings that stand out

April 1, 2017

While the ceremony is considered the most important part of a wedding, the reception is where the fun begins. Each reception site reflects the personality and style of the couple, as well as the trends of today’s popular wedding decor. Are your clients more comfortable in black-tie events surrounded by glittering china and crystal? Or …

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Going green

April 1, 2017

Natural decor brings tented events to life. According to the color gurus at Pantone®, Greenery—the Pantone Color of the Year 2017—emblematizes our intrinsic desire to restore, revitalize and reconnect. Pantone calls the naturally neutral shade “symbolic of new beginnings” —a description appropriate to the thousands of weddings and other social events that occur under tents …

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Beyond the altar

April 1, 2017

Sailcloth-style tents are synonymous with weddings—a trend that shows no signs of abating—and their appeal is spreading as event professionals become entranced by their beauty and light. Sailcloth-style tents are strongly associated with rustic decor, a trend that has dominated the wedding scene for several years, accelerating demand for this tent design and prompting many …

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Scene Stealers

December 1, 2016

Three Wow! installations showcase talent and problem-solving in the tent industry. Each year, dozens of tent and event rental companies submit their outstanding projects to the IFAI International Achievement Awards (IAA), a competition that recognizes design excellence and technical skill in specialty fabrics. The 2016 submissions demonstrate that creativity and problem-solving continue to drive the …

Industry News

Peachtree acquires EventWorks LLC

September 18, 2017

Peachtree Tents & Events LLC of Atlanta, Ga., and Nashville, Tenn., together with its capital and mezzanine partners, Gemini Investors and Resolute Capital Partners, has acquired EventWorks LLC with offices in Charleston, S.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. “We’ve had opportunities to partner with several event service companies over the years, and Peachtree’s reputation …

Company News

TopTec contribution to hurricane relief efforts

September 5, 2017

Many companies in the event rental industry are working around the clock to help the thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey. TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., is donating a portion of the proceeds from all TopTec tent orders placed from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund in honor of …

Industry News

Clearspan structures meet many demands

August 18, 2017

All Occasions Event Rental of Cincinnati, Ohio, has offered clearspans for 11 years, purchasing the first one in 2006, says Tommy Wilson, director of event services. The company started with smaller structures, in widths of 20, 30, 40, and 50 feet, and currently stocks about 50,000 square feet of clearspan. “We added them to our …

Industry News

Making equipment investments pay for themselves

August 14, 2017

Prior to investing in new equipment, decision makers in tent rental companies should evaluate each task that needs to be done, measuring the costs of doing each task and looking for ways to eliminate or reduce those costs. Equipment investments should add efficiency and durability to the equation and outperform old technologies dramatically. Often, a …

Industry News

Jim Reyen, past recipient of IFAI’s Bruce W. Wodetzki Award, passed away

August 8, 2017

Jim Reyen, 72, passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, at his home in Vestal, N.Y. Reyen was a past recipient of IFAI’s Bruce W. Wodetzki Award, the tent rental industry’s most prestigious honor. For more, click here.

Industry News

Glen Raven to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills

August 2, 2017

Glen Raven Inc., a global provider of performance fabrics, has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills, a market leader in the design and manufacture of decorative jacquard fabrics. Under the agreement, Sunbury will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Glen Raven Inc. and will operate as part of Glen Raven Custom …

Industry News

M&M Event Rentals recapitalizes Marquee Event Group; Marquee’s Holditch to retire

August 2, 2017

M&M Event Rentals, Carol Stream, Ill., has recapitalized Marquee Event Group, Austin, Texas. This strategic acquisition is the sixth since partnering with Dubin Clark & Co. Inc. in February 2016. Terms were not disclosed. Prior acquisitions for M&M include: Celebration Event Rental, Grand Prairie, Texas All Seasons Event Rental, Kansas City, Kan. AAA Rental System, …

Industry News

Mahaffey acquires $24.2 million in tent and structure assets from Classic Party Rentals

August 2, 2017

Mahaffey Fabric Structures has acquired more than $24.2 million in assets from Classic Party Rentals, including tents, structure frame, fabric pieces and specialty structures. Based in Memphis, Tenn., Mahaffey provides temporary turnkey structures and shelter solutions across the United States. With this purchase, Mahaffey will have an expanded network of both personnel and products to …

Company News

Celina Tent breaks ground on new warehouse

August 1, 2017

Celina Tent Inc. is building a 100,000-square-foot distribution center adjacent to its headquarters in Celina, Ohio. The new building will be nearly twice as large as Celina’s current warehouse facility in nearby Coldwater, Ohio, and will include high bay storage areas upward of 43 feet tall for additional vertical storage. By building a warehouse with …

Installation Spotlight

L & A Tent Rental provides ongoing tent services at busy venue

August 1, 2017

A job at a busy historical site requires custom fabrication, laborious installation and ongoing support. When the Cescaphe Event Group of Philadelphia, Pa., took over as the caterer and planner for the city’s event venue at the Fairmount Water Works, it turned to L & A Tent Rentals of Hamilton, N.J., for an extended project …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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

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

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 …