Industry News

Point of Rental is back on the Inc. 5000 list

August 15, 2019

Point of Rental Software, Fort Worth, Texas, was named to the Inc. 5000, Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, for 2019. The honor marks the fourth time the company has been listed, having been named in 2014, 2016 and 2017. “Consistent growth isn’t easy to achieve,” said Point of …

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Glen Raven announces new chief marketing officer

August 13, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella®, announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Pawl has a track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies including Husqvarna Group, Fruit of the Loom, Newell Brands and Pfizer. He will direct the global brand strategy, positioning and activation …

Products

Modular double-decker

August 1, 2019

The Uniporium by Losberger De Boer is a modular double-decker structure that allows for the company’s P3 Uniflex to expand to a second story. Tent rental companies with Uniflex inventory can vertically integrate their 10-, 15-, and 20-meter-wide structures with the Uniporium. The structure’s frame and flooring system also utilizes Losberger glass and cassette walls, …

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One black tent, two-night party

August 1, 2019

EPI turns a massive black tent into a two-night concert and party venue, taking inspiration from the Emerald Isle and the California punk scene. Event planners love to go on and on about their love of working in a white tent, because it’s a blank canvas that can be transformed into anything. But what if …

Projects

Star-shaped tent

August 1, 2019

The star-shaped Sky Tent from Ins’TenT Industries offers a unique shape and design for stellar events. The tent features a 600-denier polyester top for high-end presentation, along with an anodized aluminum pole that is rust-free, lightweight and easy to install. The pole’s adjustable crank shaft technology makes setup easy and fast. Simply slide the pole …

Products

Mid-sized structure

August 1, 2019

Shelter Structures America’s M-Series clearspan tent structure is Shelter’s middle-sized product for the U.S. market. The engineered M-Series has a standard 3-, 3.4- or 4-meter side height and a 5-meter bay configuration. The tent structure is available in 10-, 15-, 20-, 25- and 30-meter widths as well as customized sizes. The profile sizes measure 150mm, …

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Canopies makes every tented event inviting and engaging

August 1, 2019

Canopies Events with Distinction focuses on customer relationships to bring events to life. Making annual events fresh, intriguing and appealing is a constant challenge for tent and event rental companies. And new events need to meet or exceed customer expectations. For co-owners David Hudak and Ken Hudak of Canopies Events with Distinction, Milwaukee, Wis., that …

Products

Decorative garden tent

August 1, 2019

The Garden Tent from Fred’s Tents and Canopies Inc. is a 40-foot-wide, 5-track aluminum beam frame tent. The tent features a decorative element that transforms a standard 120mm structure from a vast open space into a venue with a more intimate feel. The tent expands by 15-foot sections, and the finish of the frame and the style …

Tips and Techniques

How to plan for temporary power for tented events

August 1, 2019

Accurately calculate temporary power for tented events with a basic understanding of how power behaves. As tented events become more complex, they are more likely than ever to require temporary power, because venues often don’t have enough utility power to handle the needs of lighting, HVAC (air conditioning and heat), catering and cooking equipment, and …

Design Spotlight

Truss and stretch structures are perfect pair

August 1, 2019

Stretch tents and truss structures come together for bold branding and experiential activations. Peanut butter and jelly. Fish and chips. Song and dance. Now add stretch tents and truss structures to the list of things that are better together.  Based in New Zealand, with locations around the globe, Stretch Marquees and Fabric Structures (known as …

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 …

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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 …

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Study time: IFAI tools for better staking and ballasting

August 1, 2019

IFAI’s staking and ballasting studies have helped to push the tent rental industry forward in terms of safety and professionalism. Here’s how tent rental companies can use the studies to set their business apart, plus anchoring tips from the experts. The IFAI Staking Study and the TRD (Tent Rental Division) Ballasting Tool have improved the …

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InTents “5 under 40”

August 1, 2019

Meet five young professionals who are working toward a vibrant and forward-thinking tenting industry. by Sigrid Tornquist Tent Expo 2019 in January kicked off with a young professionals happy hour, where Ramsey Duqum, CEO of AAble Rents, gave a spirited message to those gathered about advancing the tent rental industry.  To continue that energy, InTents …

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Multilevel structures raise the roof for major events

August 1, 2019

When there’s nowhere for a tented event to expand outward, multilevel structures help the festivities to go up.  by Pamela Mills-Senn When Traube Tents and Structures entered the double-decker market this past spring, the Columbia, Ill.-based rental provider had exactly one contract for the two Losberger Emporium multistory structures it had added to its inventory. …

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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, …

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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 …

Industry News

Point of Rental is back on the Inc. 5000 list

August 15, 2019

Point of Rental Software, Fort Worth, Texas, was named to the Inc. 5000, Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, for 2019. The honor marks the fourth time the company has been listed, having been named in 2014, 2016 and 2017. “Consistent growth isn’t easy to achieve,” said Point of …

Company News

Glen Raven announces new chief marketing officer

August 13, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella®, announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Pawl has a track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies including Husqvarna Group, Fruit of the Loom, Newell Brands and Pfizer. He will direct the global brand strategy, positioning and activation …

Showcase

One black tent, two-night party

August 1, 2019

EPI turns a massive black tent into a two-night concert and party venue, taking inspiration from the Emerald Isle and the California punk scene. Event planners love to go on and on about their love of working in a white tent, because it’s a blank canvas that can be transformed into anything. But what if …

Profile

Canopies makes every tented event inviting and engaging

August 1, 2019

Canopies Events with Distinction focuses on customer relationships to bring events to life. Making annual events fresh, intriguing and appealing is a constant challenge for tent and event rental companies. And new events need to meet or exceed customer expectations. For co-owners David Hudak and Ken Hudak of Canopies Events with Distinction, Milwaukee, Wis., that …

Design Spotlight

Truss and stretch structures are perfect pair

August 1, 2019

Stretch tents and truss structures come together for bold branding and experiential activations. Peanut butter and jelly. Fish and chips. Song and dance. Now add stretch tents and truss structures to the list of things that are better together.  Based in New Zealand, with locations around the globe, Stretch Marquees and Fabric Structures (known as …

News

Tips for sustainable event planning

August 1, 2019

We have all heard, “Reduce, reuse, recycle.” The experts with furniture rental provider CORT Events offer ideas for sustainable event planning, backed up with the company’s sustainability report on its rental model.  “For outdoor events, having lush greenery is very trendy right now—renting faux foliage that can be used time and time again is more …

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Experience TRD at Tent Conference 2020

August 1, 2019

Connect with tent professionals while enjoying a ranch lifestyle at Tent Conference 2020, Jan. 22−24, 2020, at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo in River Ranch, Fla. Registration opens in August.  The biennial event of the Tent Rental Division (TRD) of IFAI features robust education, valuable networking and fun. Highlights will include: The TRD Experience: …

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A ‘starry night’ tented gala

August 1, 2019

A tented art museum gala glows with an elaborate lighting design. To celebrate a major expansion, gala planners at Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Fla., envisioned a tented affair with a black, gold, cream and white palette and lots of light. “The tent was our first source to bring in lighting and gold …

Industry News

Ulrich Tombuelt hired as CEO of Sattler Corp.

July 31, 2019

Sattler Corp. of Hudson, N.C., has hired Mr. Ulrich Tombuelt as its new CEO. Tombuelt has many years of executive management experience in the textile industry in the U.S. and in Europe. Sattler Corp., a division of The Sattler Group, Austria, is known for its high-tech fabrics.

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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

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. …

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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 …

Projects

Star-shaped tent

August 1, 2019

The star-shaped Sky Tent from Ins’TenT Industries offers a unique shape and design for stellar events. The tent features a 600-denier polyester top for high-end presentation, along with an anodized aluminum pole that is rust-free, lightweight and easy to install. The pole’s adjustable crank shaft technology makes setup easy and fast. Simply slide the pole …

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 …