Event Accessories

Submit your top product to the InTents Premier Product Showcase!

June 21, 2019

Do you manufacture or distribute products for the tent rental industry? Get your premier product in front of thousands of customers in the October/November issue of InTents magazine, for free! Showcase your company’s most valued product and get maximum exposure during a time when many organizations are beginning to make their purchasing decisions for the …

Expo News

IFAI Expo 2019 Early Bird Rates End June 26

June 19, 2019

For Immediate Release June 18, 2019 PR Contact Christian Weiland 651 225 6916 caweiland@ifai.com   IFAI Expo 2019 takes place Oct. 1-4 in Orlando, FL, USA. The Early Bird Rate deadline is approaching fast, and those who wish to save on their Expo registration must do so by June 26. This year’s Expo is held …

Company News

Tent OX and Avant Tecno announce formal partnership

June 19, 2019

Specialized event rental tool provider Tent OX, Enola, Pa., and articulated loader manufacturer Avant Tecno, Ylöjärvi, Finland, have established a formal partnership, after five years of informal cooperation. “The big benefit of the partnership for tent and event businesses will be the increased access to Avant machines that are tailor-made at the factory to tent …

Company News

Pinnacle Climate Technologies expands with new headquarters

June 10, 2019

Pinnacle Climate Technologies™, Sauk Rapids, Minn., has moved to a new, larger corporate facility. The heating and ventilation manufacturer serves the rental, industrial, commercial, horticulture, agriculture and retail industries. The new location, at 1660 13th Ave. NE, Sauk Rapids, will accommodate company growth, expanding Pinnacle’s available space from approximately 80,000 square feet to 120,000 square …

Products

Maximum, portable worklight

June 1, 2019

Built to outlast portable work light standards and expectations, the Big Ass Light Bar checks in at nearly 5 pounds and 2 feet long, and features a waterproof IP67-rated design, shock-absorbing components and chemical-resistant materials. With six brightness settings reaching a 5,000-lumen maximum output, it’s a tool, not a flashlight. Every piece of the Big …

Business

Climate control for safe tented events

June 1, 2019

Follow these tips to keep tented events cool and safe in warm months. With 18 holes to play in summer’s desert-like heat, golf tournaments are always looking for ways to keep players and spectators cool. One golf association hosts an annual tournament in Palm Desert, Calif., where temperatures can exceed 95 degrees F. This elite …

Business

Workforce strategies in a tough labor market

June 1, 2019

Fear of the boogeyman can change organizational behavior. Picture this: It’s bedtime and children are getting their goodnight kisses. The parents wish them sweet dreams, leave the room and close the door behind them. With their defenders gone, the children begin their nightly debate: Is the boogeyman here? And if so, what exactly are they …

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Timeless and trendy tented weddings

June 1, 2019

The latest in tented wedding trends, from floor to ceiling. by Jahna Peloquin Tented weddings have a timeless appeal, combining the open, airy feel of an outdoor wedding with protection from the elements. Design and decor often come down to personal taste and geographical location. And yet, every season brings its own trends in lighting, …

Products

Professional color photo printer

June 1, 2019

The Impressa® IP60 Digital Color Photo Printer (“IP60”) from Primera Technology Inc. is a professional-grade color photo printer designed for heavy-duty use, such as in photo booths and event photography, photo studios, location-based entertainment venues such as zip lines and ATV rides, nightclubs and bars, and more. The advantages of IP60 over traditional digital photo …

Business

How to patch tent fabric with a heat gun

June 1, 2019

Follow these steps to make simple repairs to damaged tent tops. The most common types of damage to tent tops that tent rental companies repair on their own are pinholes and simple cuts. Liquid vinyl is appropriate for pinholes—about the size of an eraser head or smaller. The next step up, especially for a repair …

Expo News

IFAI Expo 2019 Early Bird Rates End June 26

June 19, 2019

For Immediate Release June 18, 2019 PR Contact Christian Weiland 651 225 6916 caweiland@ifai.com   IFAI Expo 2019 takes place Oct. 1-4 in Orlando, FL, USA. The Early Bird Rate deadline is approaching fast, and those who wish to save on their Expo registration must do so by June 26. This year’s Expo is held …

Expo News

2018 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition Winners Announced

October 18, 2018

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition awards. The winners were announced at IFAI Expo 2018, held Oct. 15-18 in Dallas, Texas. First Place Rafael Dias Simoes, Kevin Barthelmebs and Fabien Burgeat from ENSAVT University won …

Expo News

IFAI Expo 2018: Show Stopper winners on the floor

October 17, 2018

All the best from Texas: Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The seventh 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

2018 International Achievement Award Winners Announced

October 17, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at IFAI Expo 2018. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in North America, held this year at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention …

Expo News

Sharpen your competitive edge

October 17, 2018

Asking yourself one simple question can help make your business a magnet for new customers, says marketing professional Madeleine MacRae, owner of MM MacRae Coaching & Consulting. “That question is ‘Who is your ideal client?’” In her Oct. 16 Expo session on distinguishing yourself in the marketplace, MacRae says answering this question is the key …

Expo News

Digital presence is key to acquiring new customers in 2019

October 16, 2018

It’s no surprise the digital world means a company’s ability to attract and keep customers requires a dramatic shift in strategy, tools and resources. Ed Keough, vice president of sales for FutureGuard Building Products Inc. in Auburn, Maine, told business owners they need to embrace digital advertising or be “left in the dust” during his …

Expo News

IFAI Expo keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich: “acknowledge, honor and connect” with employees and customers

October 16, 2018

Keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich has straightforward advice for growing a business: Make a true connection with employees and customers and positive results will follow. Scharenbroich shared his humor and motivational wisdom with a packed room at IFAI’s 2018 Expo annual meeting October 16. Rain, wind and cold outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in …

Expo News

Textile testing for comfort

October 16, 2018

IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15 in Dallas offered a range of presentations—many of them focused on topics of particular interest in the advanced textiles area. Textile testing is one topic that will be addressed in more than one session. At the beginning of his talk yesterday on testing and evaluating fabrics’ human comfort, performance and …

Expo News

Useful social media for companies of all sizes

October 15, 2018

Should you bother with social media? Most definitely yes, says Luke Gusman, marketing manager for Sta-Lok Inc., a longtime manufacturer of marine and architectural rigging hardware. Gusman says that no matter how large or small your company, there are five social media platforms that can increase engagement with your product or service and raise your …

Expo News

Successful multigenerational workplaces

October 15, 2018

This is the first time in history that five distinct generations are working in a single workplace, says J. Karl Sherrill Jr., a certified risk manager with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, in his 2018 Expo session “Leading Successful Teams in a Multigenerational Workplace.” “It’s a trend affecting every business,” says Sherrill. “You have people …

Feature

Timeless and trendy tented weddings

June 1, 2019

The latest in tented wedding trends, from floor to ceiling. by Jahna Peloquin Tented weddings have a timeless appeal, combining the open, airy feel of an outdoor wedding with protection from the elements. Design and decor often come down to personal taste and geographical location. And yet, every season brings its own trends in lighting, …

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Flooring and staging systems that please clients—and installers

June 1, 2019

Flooring and staging products for tented events are getting lighter, stronger— and more beautiful. by Jeff Moravec When Arnon Rosan started working in the event industry some 25 years ago, flooring and staging were not top considerations for tented affairs—in fact, they were rarely considered at all. “When I’d approach people, they’d look at us …

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High season survival guide

June 1, 2019

Tent rental professionals share their advice for smooth sailing through the busy season. by Holly O’Dell In the second week of August 2018, Premier Event Tent Rentals Inc. of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, was involved in the dismantle of the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario; the setup of the Shaw Charity Classic golf tournament in …

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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 …

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Streamlining tent rental through operations management

April 1, 2019

Focusing on internal processes has helped Made in the Shade create a better experience for both clients and employees. From elegant peaks and dazzling light displays to generators and ballasts, the success of a tented event is often measured by its visible result. But before the poles hit the ground, what happens within company walls …

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Tenting for graduations, grad parties and the academic market

April 1, 2019

From commencement ceremonies to backyard parties, tent rental companies have opportunities to get in on the celebration A college graduation may be a once-in-a-lifetime event for matriculating students and their families. But for tent and event rental companies, graduation ceremonies and related events represent valuable annual contracts. Consider L&A Tent Rentals, located in Hamilton, N.J., just …

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Reader’s Choice Awards 2019

April 1, 2019

Awarding excellence and innovation in the event tent industry. 1. Best Tent Manufacturer: Anchor® Industries Inc. “Be it a corporate event, fundraiser or a high end wedding, The Alleen Company prides itself on putting forward the highest quality event, paying attention to the finest detail,” says Barbara Scull, president of The Alleen Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. “This …

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Photo-sharing sites drive trends in event lighting design—and complications

January 21, 2019

There’s no debate that social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram have changed the way lighting is done for tented events. Meetings with potential clients often start with the client pointing to a photo on the website and saying, “There—that’s what I want.” Yes, Pinterest and Instagram offer a wealth of creative ideas on …

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Tent installations that make you say WOW!

December 1, 2018

Masters at the craft of tenting devise creative solutions for challenging installations. Imagine a theatrical performance where the contribution of every member of the cast and crew is flawless; every costume, set piece and prop functions perfectly; and the sound and lighting come off without a single hitch. As an audience member, you can appreciate …

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Event lighting options grow to meet client demands

December 1, 2018

While LED technology changes the industry, social media drives trends in lighting for tented events. Back in the dark ages—before the internet and the rise of social media—decorative lighting was rarely a major consideration for tented events. “When I got married, there was no lighting,” says Sandy Mulrey, director of sales and marketing at DesignLight, …

Company News

Tent OX and Avant Tecno announce formal partnership

June 19, 2019

Specialized event rental tool provider Tent OX, Enola, Pa., and articulated loader manufacturer Avant Tecno, Ylöjärvi, Finland, have established a formal partnership, after five years of informal cooperation. “The big benefit of the partnership for tent and event businesses will be the increased access to Avant machines that are tailor-made at the factory to tent …

Company News

Pinnacle Climate Technologies expands with new headquarters

June 10, 2019

Pinnacle Climate Technologies™, Sauk Rapids, Minn., has moved to a new, larger corporate facility. The heating and ventilation manufacturer serves the rental, industrial, commercial, horticulture, agriculture and retail industries. The new location, at 1660 13th Ave. NE, Sauk Rapids, will accommodate company growth, expanding Pinnacle’s available space from approximately 80,000 square feet to 120,000 square …

Design Spotlight

A tented wedding ‘in the clouds’

June 1, 2019

A vinyl-less tent frame defines the space for a bright and airy wedding design. With a request for over-the-top luxury for an October wedding in Texas, Julian Leaver of Julian Leaver Events, Dallas, Texas, draped chiffon over a vinyl-less tent, creating a dramatic yet delicate space with a monochromatic design. “It felt like you were …

Showcase

A whimsical wedding under a sailcloth tent

June 1, 2019

A 2018 wedding combined Indian and Western traditions—and a couple’s love of Boston’s major league sports teams. Imagine a waterfront wedding ceremony and a reception under a sailcloth tent on a historic Rhode Island property. For a September 2018 wedding, Stasia Anthony and Kelli DuBeau, cofounders of Exquisite Events Details & Décor, Newport and Narragansett, …

Installation Spotlight

Super tents at the Super Bowl

June 1, 2019

Regal Tent Productions makes its first Super Bowl appearance. Regal Tent Productions Ltd., Stoney Creek, Ont., Canada, is no stranger to a big stage, having provided tents for events ranging from past Olympic Games to the Great Canadian Baking Show. But Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Ga., in February was the first time the company …

Profile

Great Lakes Tent Co. achieves long-term success

June 1, 2019

Great Lakes Tent Co. grows as it provides long-term rentals to the automotive market. Great Lakes Tent Co. is not your ordinary tent rental company with typical clientele. Yes, the Warren, Mich.-based business serves a broad range of customers throwing corporate events, weddings and other private gatherings. But it has also carved out a unique …

Conference

OFPANZ annual conference, July 25-27, New Zealand

May 22, 2019

The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) will hold its 2019 Annual Conference at the Napier War Memorial Conference Center in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, on July 25-27. The conference will bring together a diverse range of speakers and workshops, offering a variety of educational, social and professional networking opportunities, including the annual …

Industry News

OSHA: Keep young workers safe this summer

May 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is partnering with worker safety organizations on #MySafeSummerJob, a social media campaign to educate young workers about safety rights in the workplace, how to speak up about dangerous work conditions and how to protect themselves on the job. According to OSHA, workers under 25 …

Company News

Herculite names Matt Brommer new marketing manager

May 14, 2019

Matt Brommer has been named marketing manager for Emigsville, Pa.-based Herculite Inc., supplier of technical fabrics for performance applications in solar protection, marine, tents and structures, healthcare and digital graphics. In this newly created position, Brommer is responsible for Herculite’s marketing communications programs designed to increase awareness and promote growth of the company’s products and …

Company News

Point of Rental announces new HQ location

May 10, 2019

Point of Rental Software, Fort Worth, Texas, has acquired a new home for its North American headquarters, less than four miles from its current HQ. The company is expected to move into the 35,000-square-foot building this summer. Point of Rental Software has tripled its worldwide staff in the last three years, adding offices in 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 …

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 …

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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 …