Company News

Spinnova-Suzano factory construction makes headway in Finland

December 3, 2021

Woodspin, the joint venture of the sustainable textile material company Spinnova and its strategic partner, pulp company Suzano, is proceeding with its factory project in central Finland according to the original schedule. The production spaces are expected to be ready for technology installations at the end of next summer, and for the factory to be completed …

Industry News

R+T 2022 postponed

December 1, 2021

Messe Stuttgart is postponing R+T, a leading trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun shading systems, which was scheduled to take place in February 2022. “R+T is the most international event in Stuttgart. Three quarters of the exhibitors at the last edition of the world’s leading trade fair in 2018 came from abroad,” says …

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InTents Premier Product Showcase: Part 2

December 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 …

News

Kickstarter helps to fund a new modular tents system

December 1, 2021

Take an established business with a solid customer base, add a great idea for product expansion and what do you get? The need for capital. For Diamond Brand Gear in Fletcher, N.C., developing an innovative modular wall tent meant turning to Kickstarter to launch a campaign. The social media platform was unfamiliar territory to Diamond …

Editorial

2021 in review

December 1, 2021

As you read through this issue of InTents magazine, the end of another year approaches. While business in the tent and event rental industry turned out to be more profitable and promising in 2021 than 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about another issue: labor shortages.  In 2020, a pressing challenge was figuring out how to …

Profile

The spice of life

December 1, 2021

Colorado Party Rentals specializes in ‘a little bit of everything’ to offer a variety of services and inventory items. by Holly Eamon Business strategies often aim to narrow a company’s focus. But variety fueled the four generations of entrepreneurial success that led to the 2015 purchase of Colorado Party Rentals by Nathan Pearse, president, and …

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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 …

Feature

Workforce challenges and solutions

December 1, 2021

In 2020, the challenge was figuring out how to keep business doors open when the pandemic was forcing global-wide shutdowns. But now that life—and the tent and event rental industry—is approaching a semblance of normalcy,  there’s a somewhat unanticipated problem flummoxing businesses: the workforce.  “Finding new, capable employees is like finding a unicorn in today’s …

Installation Spotlight

Redefining resilience

December 1, 2021

Mississippi Tent & Party Rental installs a field hospital in a parking garage. In August 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state of Mississippi hard. As the virus spread rapidly throughout the region, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, Miss., turned to Mississippi Tent & Party Rental for a solution to house …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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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 …

Feature

Workforce challenges and solutions

December 1, 2021

In 2020, the challenge was figuring out how to keep business doors open when the pandemic was forcing global-wide shutdowns. But now that life—and the tent and event rental industry—is approaching a semblance of normalcy,  there’s a somewhat unanticipated problem flummoxing businesses: the workforce.  “Finding new, capable employees is like finding a unicorn in today’s …

Feature

InTents Premier Product Showcase: Part 2

December 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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Company News

Spinnova-Suzano factory construction makes headway in Finland

December 3, 2021

Woodspin, the joint venture of the sustainable textile material company Spinnova and its strategic partner, pulp company Suzano, is proceeding with its factory project in central Finland according to the original schedule. The production spaces are expected to be ready for technology installations at the end of next summer, and for the factory to be completed …

Industry News

R+T 2022 postponed

December 1, 2021

Messe Stuttgart is postponing R+T, a leading trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun shading systems, which was scheduled to take place in February 2022. “R+T is the most international event in Stuttgart. Three quarters of the exhibitors at the last edition of the world’s leading trade fair in 2018 came from abroad,” says …

Profile

The spice of life

December 1, 2021

Colorado Party Rentals specializes in ‘a little bit of everything’ to offer a variety of services and inventory items. by Holly Eamon Business strategies often aim to narrow a company’s focus. But variety fueled the four generations of entrepreneurial success that led to the 2015 purchase of Colorado Party Rentals by Nathan Pearse, president, and …

News

Celina LAMS deployed to Easter Europe to house drones

December 1, 2021

Celina, an Ohio-based leader of design and manufacturing of engineered fabric products and shelters, recently developed and installed a storage solution for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Eastern Europe. The client, who happened to be one of the largest prime contractors to the United States government, required a storage shelter that would be wide enough …

News

Kickstarter helps to fund a new modular tents system

December 1, 2021

Take an established business with a solid customer base, add a great idea for product expansion and what do you get? The need for capital. For Diamond Brand Gear in Fletcher, N.C., developing an innovative modular wall tent meant turning to Kickstarter to launch a campaign. The social media platform was unfamiliar territory to Diamond …

Company News

EventWorks rebrands previously acquired businesses

November 22, 2021

Charleston, S.C.-based EventWorks merged with Peachtree Tents & Events, Atlanta, Ga.; Event Rentals Unlimited, Birmingham, Ala.; and Music City Tents, Nashville, Tenn.; in 2017 and is now rebranding the locations. The strategic decision to unify the organization now spans EventWorks locations across five states and seven cities, including Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Savannah, Jacksonville, Birmingham, Atlanta and …

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Milliken & Company announces carbon-neutral flooring portfolio

November 16, 2021

Global manufacturer Milliken & Company has announced a new milestone in its ongoing sustainability journey. All Milliken carpet, luxury vinyl tile and entryway tile products around the globe are now carbon neutral, offsetting carbon emissions in raw materials and manufacturing carbon footprint (calculated and verified through an ISO14025/ISO14040 compliant LCA and published in third-party EPD) …

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IFAI Expo celebrates its 100th anniversary with a successful show in Nashville

November 11, 2021

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) wrapped up IFAI Expo 2021, North America’s largest specialty, industrial and advanced textiles event, on Nov. 4 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. IFAI Expo 2021 included 218 exhibiting companies and a total of 3,173 participants. This year was the 100th anniversary of IFAI Expo’s in-person show. IFAI …

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 …

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 …

Inspired!

Inspired! Reception with a view

December 1, 2021

In June, Stamford Tent & Event Services, Stamford, Conn., installed a Spinnaker sailcloth tent for a wedding. The client requested that the tent be elevated to provide guests with a view of the water from the reception. The floor had to be raised to 22 feet in one corner to elevate it over the trees. …

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 …

Installation Spotlight

Redefining resilience

December 1, 2021

Mississippi Tent & Party Rental installs a field hospital in a parking garage. In August 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state of Mississippi hard. As the virus spread rapidly throughout the region, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, Miss., turned to Mississippi Tent & Party Rental for a solution to house …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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: …