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Shelter Structures America expands to the Midwest

June 29, 2022

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

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Advantage Tent Fittings launches new website

June 28, 2022

Advantage Tent Fittings launched a new website with ecommerce capabilities at www.advantagetent.com. The new site, which is tailored towards tent and event rental professionals, features product specifications, availability, current pricing and the ability to obtain shipping costs when items are added to the cart. Advantage Tent Fittings is a manufacturer of commercial and military tent …

Industry News

OSHA administers $11.7 million in training grants

June 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide a funding opportunity for $11.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to support the delivery of training and education to help workers and employers identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards. Administered by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the grants will target disadvantaged, underserved, low-income, and other hard-to-reach, …

Industry News

Event rental industry legend Bick Jones retires

June 21, 2022

After 36 years of serving the event rental industry, Bick Jones, whose latest adventure in the event rental arena was serving as general manager of CommuniLux in Dallas, Texas, a subsidiary of InProduction, Chicago, Ill., decided to retire May 6, 2022. “I have tried to retire three times, but none of them lasted. I love the …

Industry News

Textile groups urge U.S. to maintain penalty tariffs on China

June 16, 2022

The Biden administration should maintain Section 301 penalty tariffs on finished textiles and apparel from China or risk reversing once-in-a-lifetime nearshoring trends and undermining critical investments and jobs in the U.S. and Western Hemisphere, three key American textile manufacturing groups said today. In a formal submission to the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office, which is …

Industry News

REIC acquires Cahill Services

June 6, 2022

Rental Equipment Investment Corp. (REIC), Miami, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, has acquired Cahill Services, Livonia, Mich. Cahill represents REIC’s second add-on acquisition under Kinderhook’s ownership and the company’s 14th since inception. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Cahill is a provider of specialty rental solutions for high-demand, critical applications across infrastructure, construction and industrial …

Projects

Moreton Hire builds a legacy

June 1, 2022

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

Business

The lighter side of OSHA

June 1, 2022

When most of us hear the word “OSHA,” we instantly conjure up images of ticket-writing cops invading our workplace. And these aren’t the $35 tags that grace our windshield when we linger in a parking spot too long. These citations can easily hit the four- or five-digit mark depending on the severity of the violation. …

Features

Storm Safety

June 1, 2022

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

Business

How to decipher Incoterms

June 1, 2022

Question: I’m buying some equipment, and the shipping terms in the purchase agreement refer to “EXW Incoterms 2020.” I’m generally familiar with “Incoterms,” but I don’t really have a lot of time to study what each one means. Can you give me a summary of what I’m dealing with when a contract I sign references …

Expo News

IFAI Expo 2022 call for presentations

December 20, 2021

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

November 13, 2020

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

Expo News

The larger issues in respiratory protection

November 12, 2020

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

Features

Long-term rental success

June 1, 2022

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

Features

Storm Safety

June 1, 2022

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

Features

2022 Reader’s Choice Awards

June 1, 2022

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

Features

2022 Wedding Trends

April 1, 2022

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

Features

Working together

April 1, 2022

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

Features

Flooring and staging trends

April 1, 2022

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

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Peaks of perfection: installations that wow

December 1, 2021

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

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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 …

Features

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 …

Company News

Shelter Structures America expands to the Midwest

June 29, 2022

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

Company News

Advantage Tent Fittings launches new website

June 28, 2022

Advantage Tent Fittings launched a new website with ecommerce capabilities at www.advantagetent.com. The new site, which is tailored towards tent and event rental professionals, features product specifications, availability, current pricing and the ability to obtain shipping costs when items are added to the cart. Advantage Tent Fittings is a manufacturer of commercial and military tent …

Industry News

OSHA administers $11.7 million in training grants

June 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide a funding opportunity for $11.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to support the delivery of training and education to help workers and employers identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards. Administered by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the grants will target disadvantaged, underserved, low-income, and other hard-to-reach, …

Industry News

Event rental industry legend Bick Jones retires

June 21, 2022

After 36 years of serving the event rental industry, Bick Jones, whose latest adventure in the event rental arena was serving as general manager of CommuniLux in Dallas, Texas, a subsidiary of InProduction, Chicago, Ill., decided to retire May 6, 2022. “I have tried to retire three times, but none of them lasted. I love the …

Industry News

Textile groups urge U.S. to maintain penalty tariffs on China

June 16, 2022

The Biden administration should maintain Section 301 penalty tariffs on finished textiles and apparel from China or risk reversing once-in-a-lifetime nearshoring trends and undermining critical investments and jobs in the U.S. and Western Hemisphere, three key American textile manufacturing groups said today. In a formal submission to the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office, which is …

Industry News

REIC acquires Cahill Services

June 6, 2022

Rental Equipment Investment Corp. (REIC), Miami, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, has acquired Cahill Services, Livonia, Mich. Cahill represents REIC’s second add-on acquisition under Kinderhook’s ownership and the company’s 14th since inception. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Cahill is a provider of specialty rental solutions for high-demand, critical applications across infrastructure, construction and industrial …

Industry News

In memoriam: Frederick “Fred” Dupy

May 24, 2022

Frederick “Fred” Dupy, 69, of Round Rock, Texas, died May 15, 2022, in Austin, Texas, after a courageous, but brief battle with cancer. Dupy was the president of American Party Rental in Austin, Texas. All who knew him share the same sentiment: He had a huge heart and never let an obstacle get in the …

Company News

Sunbelt Rentals expands offerings

May 19, 2022

Sunbelt Rentals, Fort Mill, S.C., now is offering temporary containment walls that can be used for health care facilities, airports, data centers and office spaces. These reusable, modular walls can be placed in occupied areas during construction and remodeling to keep staff and visitors safe, the company said. The walls are a sustainable, environmentally friendly solution that …

News

IFAI selects Advanced Textiles Association as new name

May 17, 2022

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will become the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) effective June 1. The name change was approved in April with 85.6 percent of association members casting their votes to do so. Association bylaws require the approval of two-thirds of those returning ballots. The results were audited by Clifton Larson Allen. “This …

News

Outlook® gives attendees exclusive insights to power informed decisions at the 2022 conference

May 17, 2022

Close to 100 attendees gathered at the Omni Homestead Resort (circa 1766) in Hot Springs, VA to engage, learn and connect with colleagues in the industry. A day and a half of informative business sessions, intermingled with several networking opportunities, were filled with knowledge and idea exchange as well as insights from various thought leaders …

Industry News

Join the National Safety Stand-Down May 6−10

May 1, 2019

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

On the Job

Codes set for adoption

December 1, 2016

Code revision process reaches final voting stage. A proposal to regulate outdoor events regardless of the presence of tents or special event structures was approved at the Public Comment Hearing of the International Code Committee (ICC) in October. This proposal (F310-16), submitted by the Fire Code Action Committee, had been disapproved at the code committee’s …

On the Job

Site survey equals site safety

December 1, 2016

A thorough site survey communicates event needs and flags potential safety issues. Ensuring the safety of tented event participants and the tent installation crew starts at the beginning of the job. Before a single rental item is loaded onto the truck, a site survey should be completed by a qualified professional with set-up experience. A …

On the Job

TopTec training goes on the road

December 1, 2016

TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., is taking its long running tent installation and safety training program on the road in 2017. The first Tent School On The Road session will be held at Rent-E-Quip in Colonial Heights, Va., March 7–8. “Our goal was to make Tent School more accessible to our customers across the United …

On the Job

Tent inspections before events ensure safety

October 1, 2016

Inspections will help avoid disaster and add years to the life of a tent. The tent is up and the event is underway. But there may still be work to be done. Especially for installations that will be up for any length of time, inspection and maintenance are top priorities for keeping the tent as …

On the Job

IFAI’s Tent Rental Division works toward standard

October 1, 2016

IFAI’s Tent Rental Division looks to write an industry standard for tent anchorage. With final voting on tent-related code revisions for the 2018 Model Code set for late October, IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) is looking ahead to writing an industry standard that could be taken up in the 2021 code cycle. “As the 2018 …

On the Job

Moving on up with multiple locations

August 1, 2016

Expanding to multiple locations offers numerous benefits, if the timing is right and both will and cash flow are strong. Delores Crum didn’t see that she had a choice. Sure, her party, tent and wedding rental store in south Austin, Texas, opened in 2000, was doing well. But up in north Austin, another rental company …

On the Job

OSHA fines increase

August 1, 2016

New law directs U.S. Department of Labor to “catch up” penalties to inflation. Fines assessed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased by 78 percent as of Aug. 1. OSHA’s top penalty for serious violations rises from $7,000 to $12,471, and its top penalty for willful or repeated violations rises from $70,000 to …

On the Job

Collaboration yields successful code revisions

August 1, 2016

F-CAC work group is a key factor in the code revision process for tents, membrane structures and outdoor assembly events. The International Code Council (ICC) Committee Action Hearings were held in Louisville, Ky., in April. During the International Fire Code (IFC) hearings, stakeholders representing IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD), the ICC Fire Code Action Committee …

On the Job

Ballasting for safety and safety when ballasting

June 1, 2016

Learning to ballast with concrete? Follow these steps to ensure safe and efficient jobsite practices. My crew has forgotten how to use a sledgehammer. Well, not really, but it could happen. In my local tent rental market, ballasting is common. So common that the top priority for my management team has been to figure out …

Projects

An Olympian Task

June 1, 2022

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

Projects

Montreal General Hospital Trauma Center

June 1, 2022

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

Projects

Moreton Hire builds a legacy

June 1, 2022

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

Projects

Tenting the Grey Cup Championship

April 1, 2022

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

Installation Spotlight

Eventstar Structures engineers rooftop enclosure

April 1, 2022

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

Projects

Classical Tents satisfies savvy shoppers

April 1, 2022

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

Inspired!

Inspired: Skyline Events

April 1, 2022

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

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 …

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 …