Buyer's Guide cover contest

Final call for photos: InTents Buyer’s Guide cover

October 26, 2020

InTents is looking for the perfect photo for the cover of the 2021 Buyer’s Guide. This is your opportunity to show off your best work to the entire industry. Submit photos meeting these guidelines by Nov. 1: High resolution: 300 dpi and at least 2 MB. A clean and safe tent installation. Good composition, lighting and …

Company News

New York Tent acquires PTG Event Services

October 19, 2020

New York Tent has announced that it has acquired PTG Event Services of Bethpage, N.Y. As part of the agreement, New York Tent will integrate PTG’s rental inventory, systems and staff to further strengthen the company’s position in the New York Metro marketplace. New York Tent will maintain headquarters in Bohemia, N.Y., and close PTG’s …

Industry News

ARA Show rescheduled for 2021

October 2, 2020

The American Rental Association (ARA) has announced that The ARA Show 2021 has been rescheduled for Oct. 18-20, 2021, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2021 edition of ARA’s annual trade show and convention for the equipment and event rental industry was previously scheduled for February in New Orleans. To accommodate the shift to …

Buyer's Guide cover contest

Call for photos: InTents Buyer’s Guide cover

October 2, 2020

InTents is looking for the perfect photo for the cover of the 2021 Buyer’s Guide. This is your opportunity to show off your best work to the entire industry. Submit photos meeting these guidelines by Nov. 1: High resolution: 300 dpi and at least 2 MB. A clean and safe tent installation. Good composition, lighting and …

Tips and Techniques

SEO tips for tent and event rental companies

October 1, 2020

How to increase the quality and quantity of your company’s website traffic. By Carmen Bodziak Search engine optimization, or SEO, is one of the best—and most overlooked—marketing strategies for tent and event rental professionals. Industry experts love SEO because of its high return on investment (ROI) and ability to consistently and quickly bring in more …

Editorial

Seasonal comforts

October 1, 2020

For those of you in the tent and event rental industry, the year 2020 can likely be summed up by one sentence: Abnormal is the new normal. While many seasonal and yearly events have been put on hold due to COVID-19, I’m happy to report that this magazine hasn’t deviated from tradition.  The October/November issue …

Inspired!

Inspired temporary community store

October 1, 2020

When the CUB Foods supermarket on East Lake Street in Minneapolis, Minn., was badly damaged in late May during rioting following the death of George Floyd, neighborhood residents lost a convenient source for fresh groceries. As soon as CUB was able to safely assess the situation, a plan was created, and within two weeks, a …

News

Pneuhaus creates an inflatable forest

October 1, 2020

The Canopy, an inflatable installation that debuted in 2019 at the Light City festival in Baltimore, Md., is designed to bring people together for a greater good. At first glance, it is a forest of tree-like sculptures that are white in the daylight and aglow with neon colors at night. That’s where people come in. …

Feature

Conduct thorough and proper site evaluations to avoid the unexpected

October 1, 2020

by Pamela Mills-Senn There’s a time and a place for surprises—a tent install isn’t one of them. Encounter the unexpected on one of these projects and you risk losing time, money and potentially a customer, not to mention incurring on-the-job injuries. Site evaluations offer the best protection against such unhappy outcomes. Although the unanticipated can …

Showcase

Mad dash scramble: Mutton Rentals installs tenting and trimmings for a high-end backyard wedding

October 1, 2020

COVID-19 cancellations result in only four weeks for Mutton Rentals to plan and install tenting and trimmings for a high-end backyard wedding. By Sigrid Tornquist It’s a story heard more than once over the last several months. A couple has been planning their wedding for more than a year, but as the date approaches, the …

Expo News

IFAI Expo and R+T Show Organizer, Messe Stuttgart, to Co-locate Trade Shows Starting in 2021

September 21, 2020

ROSEVILLE, MN—Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and Messe Stuttgart, organizers of R+T in Stuttgart, Germany; R+T Turkey in Istanbul, Turkey; R+T Asia in Shanghai, China and R+T South America in Sao Paulo, Brazil, are pleased to announce that they will co-locate IFAI Expo with Messe Stuttgart’s new U.S. show named Sun Shading Expo North America …

Expo News

Registration opens for IFAI Expo

June 15, 2020

IFAI Expo Nov. 3–6, 2020 in Indianapolis, Ind., will mark the event’s 100th anniversary. IFAI has announced that it is moving forward as planned, and registration is now open. Safety protocols are in place and will be coordinated with host hotels and the Indiana Convention Center (ICC).  The registration area at IFAI Expo will be …

Company News

IFAI president responds to Coronavirus, adjusts upcoming events

March 17, 2020

As concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, I want all IFAI members to know we are closely monitoring developments and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We will follow their recommendations to keep our employees, their families and our members healthy and safe. With this in …

Awards

IFAI’s 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Awards

October 8, 2019

At this year’s annual meeting during IFAI Expo 2019, IFAI presented the Outstanding Volunteer Awards, recognizing members who generously gave of their time to serve on different boards, task forces and committees, judged competitions and provided education and leadership to others in the industry. This year’s winners: Amy Bircher, president, MMI Textiles Inc. Jonathan Chakales, …

Expo News

2019 Chairman’s Award winner: Scott Campbell, Rainier Industries

October 8, 2019

The Chairman’s Award (originally, the President’s Award) is an honor bestowed by the chairman of IFAI to an individual that has had an extraordinary and meaningful impact on the association. It is rarely given, and awarded at the sole discretion of the IFAI chairman. At IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo 2019, IFAI chairman Steve …

Expo News

Award breakfast transforms into a networking event

October 4, 2019

Keynote speaker Thom Singer hosted IFAI’s annual award ceremony October 3 at Expo 2019, continuing his message to “see people.” As Expo exhibitors and attendees entered the breakfast event, Singer encouraged people to separate from familiar colleagues and sit with new people. This year’s award ceremony was infused with an additional goal—that of networking with …

Expo News

Puerto Rico pups steal hearts at IFAI Expo 2019

October 3, 2019

Amid the latest fabrics, equipment, technology and services for the specialty fabrics industry, Lorenzo, Lilo, Lolo, and Lulo stole hearts, and, according to some dog lovers—the show—at IFAI Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. For this Expo, the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando came together to promote two great causes. …

Awards

2019 Show Stoppers at IFAI Expo

October 3, 2019

All the best from Florida: Thursday morning, Oct. 3, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The eighth annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services …

Expo News

Follow the right steps to successfully bid on military contracts

October 2, 2019

The U.S. government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the world, and there are enough opportunities available for everyone to participate in military contract bidding, if you follow the right steps, according to Jennifer Fennell, CPM, director of procurement for Polo Custom Products, Topeka, Kan.  Fennell and Jeff Papalia, textiles program manager …

Expo News

IFAI Expo 2019 Keynote: ‘Choose people’ to make effective connections

October 2, 2019

Thom Singer, the keynote speaker at IFAI’s annual meeting on Wed., Oct. 2, at IFAI Expo, is clear about one thing: People want to do business with people they know, like and trust. And that connection won’t happen through second-hand tools offered on social media or other electronic sites. Singer, a consultant to executives and …

Feature

Conduct thorough and proper site evaluations to avoid the unexpected

October 1, 2020

by Pamela Mills-Senn There’s a time and a place for surprises—a tent install isn’t one of them. Encounter the unexpected on one of these projects and you risk losing time, money and potentially a customer, not to mention incurring on-the-job injuries. Site evaluations offer the best protection against such unhappy outcomes. Although the unanticipated can …

Feature

Event decor: pandemic style

October 1, 2020

As celebrations and gatherings are forced to take a back seat during COVID-19, event rental companies find revenue through new opportunities.  by Jeff Moravec By mid-summer in most years, the tented event industry has a pretty good grasp on what design trends have taken hold for event furniture—some anticipated, some out of the blue.  But …

Feature

InTents’ Premier Product Showcase Part 1

October 1, 2020

It’s all about customization, fast installation, easy handling and style—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. …

Feature Members only content

How to ease the heavy burden of ballasting

August 1, 2020

Ballasting done right means going heavy, but industry-developed tools help to ease the burden. by Jeff Moravec Ballasting may seem a necessary evil in the world of tented events. All tents need to be anchored in one way or another, of course, with ballast (weight) being a common method. It requires a lot of planning, …

Feature Members only content

Maintenance practices to extend the life of your tents and equipment

August 1, 2020

by Darcy Maulsby The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” takes on new meaning in times like the current challenging business environment. When tent rental operators are counting every penny, the need to get the longest possible life out of tents and the equipment used to install them is …

Feature Members only content

Tackle difficult projects to elevate your company’s portfolio

August 1, 2020

When a complex and difficult install comes along, resist the temptation to decline. by Pamela Mills-Senn A willingness to tackle tough installs requires steely nerves, can-do attitudes, experienced and talented crews and lots of planning. But when it all comes together, challenging projects not only bring a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, they enhance a …

Feature Members only content

Disaster shelter design competition tests engineering students

June 1, 2020

John Brown University’s disaster shelter contest challenges students to develop and demonstrate solutions for emergency scenarios. by Holly Eamon Global economic losses from natural disasters topped $232 billion last year, rounding out a decade that cost the world nearly $3 trillion, according to the 2019 Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight Annual Report published by global …

Feature Members only content

Establishing your wedding expertise

June 1, 2020

It’s one thing to install a tent for a wedding. It’s another to create an event venue that honors a couple’s values, heritage and dreams.  by Laurie F. Junker Tented weddings never go out of style. Tents are both practical and romantic, sheltering guests from the elements and providing a blank canvas for all kinds …

Feature Members only content

Going upscale with luxury restroom trailers

June 1, 2020

As customer awareness and demand grows, luxury restroom trailers are a “must-have” inventory item for tent rental companies. by Jeff Moravec It may not be possible to determine exactly when the very first luxury restroom trailer was cobbled together, but based on conversations with manufacturers and the event companies that rent them out, it’s not …

Feature

2020 Reader’s Choice Awards: Products and services that go above and beyond

April 1, 2020

Many industry suppliers go more than the extra mile to help tent rental companies thrive—and the voters in the 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards have stories to tell about the products, services and suppliers that support them day after day, from the warehouse to the installation site.  by Pamela Mills-Senn The annual Reader’s Choice Awards, launched …

Company News

New York Tent acquires PTG Event Services

October 19, 2020

New York Tent has announced that it has acquired PTG Event Services of Bethpage, N.Y. As part of the agreement, New York Tent will integrate PTG’s rental inventory, systems and staff to further strengthen the company’s position in the New York Metro marketplace. New York Tent will maintain headquarters in Bohemia, N.Y., and close PTG’s …

Industry News

ARA Show rescheduled for 2021

October 2, 2020

The American Rental Association (ARA) has announced that The ARA Show 2021 has been rescheduled for Oct. 18-20, 2021, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2021 edition of ARA’s annual trade show and convention for the equipment and event rental industry was previously scheduled for February in New Orleans. To accommodate the shift to …

Buyer's Guide cover contest

Call for photos: InTents Buyer’s Guide cover

October 2, 2020

InTents is looking for the perfect photo for the cover of the 2021 Buyer’s Guide. This is your opportunity to show off your best work to the entire industry. Submit photos meeting these guidelines by Nov. 1: High resolution: 300 dpi and at least 2 MB. A clean and safe tent installation. Good composition, lighting and …

News

Pneuhaus creates an inflatable forest

October 1, 2020

The Canopy, an inflatable installation that debuted in 2019 at the Light City festival in Baltimore, Md., is designed to bring people together for a greater good. At first glance, it is a forest of tree-like sculptures that are white in the daylight and aglow with neon colors at night. That’s where people come in. …

Showcase

Mad dash scramble: Mutton Rentals installs tenting and trimmings for a high-end backyard wedding

October 1, 2020

COVID-19 cancellations result in only four weeks for Mutton Rentals to plan and install tenting and trimmings for a high-end backyard wedding. By Sigrid Tornquist It’s a story heard more than once over the last several months. A couple has been planning their wedding for more than a year, but as the date approaches, the …

Profile

Classic Tents & Events relies on creativity and collaboration in good times and bad

October 1, 2020

By Cathy Broberg Steven Eisenstein, president of Classic Tents & Events, has always valued out-of-the-box thinking, creativity and a willingness to learn. These characteristics have allowed him to step into a new industry mid-career, discover ways to grow and diversify his company, and now pivot into new markets and glimpse the silver lining amid a …

Installation Spotlight

Double the fun: US Event Structures installs a double-decker tent at a popular festival

October 1, 2020

In March of 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced numerous event cancellations and postponements across the country, US Event Structures, a tent rental company based in Frederick, Md., was hired to provide a two-story structure for a media and marketing firm.  The client desired a space within a larger festival setting—the Charleston Wine + Food …

News

IFAI’s TRD Ballasting Tool and the industry

October 1, 2020

For decades, the Tent Rental Division (TRD) of IFAI has been an industry leader in the development of tools that promote the safe installation of tents for the rental marketplace. In 2012 the division launched its TRD Ballasting Tool—a calculator that determines the required amount of ballast for commercial tents. Here’s a closer look at …

People

Wall joins New York Tent

September 18, 2020

New York Tent, Bohemia, N.Y., has welcomed Diane Wall as its new vice president of sales and marketing. Wall, formerly with Florida-based Tentlogix, will be responsible for the continued growth of New York Tent as the leader in tenting and temporary structures in the New York Metro region and beyond. In conjunction with Wall’s hiring, New York Tent has promoted Matthew Koprowski to vice president of operations. As a seven-year veteran of the company, Koprowski has been instrumental in our recent success and growing the operations team.

Company News

Granite Industries releases Party Pods

September 15, 2020

Granite Industries has released Party Pods, a new special event product designed specifically for socially distanced events. The Standard Pod Package includes three 8-foot fence panels and the Plus Pod Package adds Dura-Trac™ flooring. In the VIP Pod Package, each frame is constructed from steel scaffolding panels on four base plates for a sturdy and …

COVID-19

Recommendation for cleaning COVID-19 related tents

April 23, 2020

Brought to you by the Tent Rental Division The COVID-19 pandemic has created concerns with how to successfully disinfect and sterilize tent fabrics, framework, fittings, webs, ratchets, poles and anchoring devices including ballasts—basically any item or piece of equipment that may be on the job site. The Tent Rental Division (TRD) of Industrial Fabrics Association International …

Safety & Codes

Opioids and your workplace

December 1, 2019

A new toolkit from the National Safety Council aims to help employers and employees understand how opioid use affects the workplace—and what to do about it.   For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash. The numbers don’t …

Industry News

Working safely in hot weather

July 18, 2019

A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alert offers information and resources to protect workers from heat-related illness when performing activities in high temperatures and humid conditions. Symptoms of heat-related illness include fainting, dizziness, nausea and muscle spasms. Keep workers safe by following these simple safety practices: Provide water, frequent rest breaks and shade. …

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 …

Projects

Fire-retardant clear vinyl

June 1, 2019

The Visilite™ collection of four clear vinyl options includes Visilite FR, a clear vinyl that passes the NFPA-701 Test Method 2 for fire resistance. The collection also includes double polished, extruded and interleaf styles. The vinyl offers lasting visual clarity and durability for a variety of outdoor applications including tents, patio and marine enclosures, car …

Feature

Getting educated on chair and tent rental for graduations

May 17, 2019

College and university campuses present myriad challenges when it comes to setting up chairs and installing tents for commencement ceremonies. By Pamela Mills-Senn The graduation season provides lucrative opportunities for tent and event rental companies, along with headaches that can try the steeliest of nerves. Take college and university graduation ceremonies, which often require massive …

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 …