Industry News

Submit your top product to the InTents Premier Product Showcase!

July 2, 2020

Get your products in front of thousands of customers in the October/November issue of InTents magazine, for free! Showcase your company’s most valued products and get maximum exposure during a time when many organizations are making their purchasing decisions for the upcoming season. There is no cost to participate. The deadline is July 30, 2020. …

Industry News

Tent rental industry CARES Day

June 25, 2020

The USTSA (United States Tent and Structure Alliance) is a group of tent and clearspan fabric structure manufacturers that have aligned to help promote the safe use of tents and other temporary structures for a wide variety of uses. The group was formed in March of 2020 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The …

Industry News

Tent Expo 2021 postponed to January 2022

June 22, 2020

Tent Expo 2021 has been postponed to January 2022. Tent Rental Division (TRD) chairman Michael Tharpe released the following statement: The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our members hard and changed the way in which we do business in today’s environment. As your association, TRD has felt your pain and has listened to your issues and concerns …

Company News

Shelter Structures introduces weknowtents.com

June 16, 2020

Shelter Structures America, distributor of Shelter temporary clearspan tent structures has announced the introduction of weknowtents.com.  Weknowtents.com allows Shelter customers to purchase items at their convenience.  Products such as SKP soap, emergency exit signs and LED high bay lights are currently available.  “We are very excited to introduce weknowtents.com to support both current and new …

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

Top Value Fabrics announces rebrand to TVF

June 14, 2020

Top Value Fabrics, a supplier of high-quality fabric, announced a rebrand to TVF. The rebrand reflects both the evolution of the company as well as a vision for the future. Top Value Fabrics has served people first since its founding in 1974. At the time, value was synonymous with great quality and competitive prices. TVF …

People

Heytex appoints Kampsen

June 7, 2020

Heytex has appointed Fabian Kampsen as its new commercial director. Kampsen has been with Heytex since 2011 and was market manager for HEYsign business center of large format printable textiles. In his new role as commercial director, Kampsen will lead the global sales and marketing team to continue the company’s development toward a customer-focused, reliable …

Products

Safe cases for equipment storage

June 1, 2020

Pelican Air long/deep cases 1506, 1556, 1606 and 1626 have a pull trolley and wheels and are roll tested over 914 meters. The cases are built in a duffel-style form factor, making them perfect for storing longer equipment. They offer the classic Pelican case features including a watertight O-ring gasket; a crushproof and dustproof exterior; …

Showcase

Contemporary and outdoorsy tented wedding

June 1, 2020

The perfect mix of an outdoorsy western landscape, upscale finishes and a level location for tent anchoring spells an ideal tented wedding for both client and tent provider. by Sigrid Tornquist A client brief that includes a vision to incorporate the property, bring the outside in and create a stylish, contemporary aesthetic may not be …

Feature

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 …

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 …

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 …

Feature

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

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

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 …

Feature Members only content

The next generation: Assuming leadership of a family tent rental business

April 1, 2020

Thinking about taking over your family’s tent rental business? Be prepared to learn every job, initiate delicate conversations, ask questions and respect the previous generation’s work. Oh, and don’t expect special treatment.  by Jeff Moravec Young people entering their family’s tent rental business as a career can look forward to a sense of satisfaction and …

Feature Members only content

The big business of music festival installations

April 1, 2020

Music festivals have become big business, and temporary structures are integral to the festival-goer experience—from small ticketing and concession tents, to custom products for high-end activations and immersive experiences, to glamping tents, where music lovers can take a break or keep the party going all night long.   by Sigrid Tornquist Noise Pop. Crush. Pot …

Feature

Go big and bold with tent graphics

December 1, 2019

The latest printing technology offers better options than ever to make your clients’ tents stand out in a crowd.  by Laurie F. Junker Big event tents and bold graphics go hand in hand because customers recognize the importance of branding, particularly at trade shows and public events. In these settings, custom graphics serve both logistical …

Feature

Standout shapes: Domes and inflatables

December 1, 2019

As the pressure to create social media-worthy affairs intensifies, tent and event rental companies offering domes and inflatable structures stand to reap memorable benefits.  by Pamela Mills-Senn Whether celebrating wine, beer, garlic, apples, jazz or some other beloved product, pursuit or pastime, there seems to be no end to festivals. These gatherings bring communities together, …

Feature

InTents’ Premier Product Showcase Part 2

December 1, 2019

The products you need for extraordinary tented events.  It’s all about fast installation, more customization, easy handling and style—the qualities that tent and event rental companies demand.  For the InTents annual Premier Product Showcase, we asked our contributors to send us information about their latest products and services that help save tent rental companies time …

Feature Members only content

Tenting in urban environments

October 1, 2019

Event tent installations in big cities are spectacular—and complex.  by Paul Johnson Frank Sinatra sang about New York City, “If I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere.” Tent installers who have worked in the Big Apple might sing, “If I can tent there, I can tent anywhere.” Installing commercial tents on pavement …

Industry News

Submit your top product to the InTents Premier Product Showcase!

July 2, 2020

Get your products in front of thousands of customers in the October/November issue of InTents magazine, for free! Showcase your company’s most valued products and get maximum exposure during a time when many organizations are making their purchasing decisions for the upcoming season. There is no cost to participate. The deadline is July 30, 2020. …

Industry News

Tent rental industry CARES Day

June 25, 2020

The USTSA (United States Tent and Structure Alliance) is a group of tent and clearspan fabric structure manufacturers that have aligned to help promote the safe use of tents and other temporary structures for a wide variety of uses. The group was formed in March of 2020 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The …

Industry News

Tent Expo 2021 postponed to January 2022

June 22, 2020

Tent Expo 2021 has been postponed to January 2022. Tent Rental Division (TRD) chairman Michael Tharpe released the following statement: The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our members hard and changed the way in which we do business in today’s environment. As your association, TRD has felt your pain and has listened to your issues and concerns …

Company News

Shelter Structures introduces weknowtents.com

June 16, 2020

Shelter Structures America, distributor of Shelter temporary clearspan tent structures has announced the introduction of weknowtents.com.  Weknowtents.com allows Shelter customers to purchase items at their convenience.  Products such as SKP soap, emergency exit signs and LED high bay lights are currently available.  “We are very excited to introduce weknowtents.com to support both current and new …

Company News

Top Value Fabrics announces rebrand to TVF

June 14, 2020

Top Value Fabrics, a supplier of high-quality fabric, announced a rebrand to TVF. The rebrand reflects both the evolution of the company as well as a vision for the future. Top Value Fabrics has served people first since its founding in 1974. At the time, value was synonymous with great quality and competitive prices. TVF …

People

Heytex appoints Kampsen

June 7, 2020

Heytex has appointed Fabian Kampsen as its new commercial director. Kampsen has been with Heytex since 2011 and was market manager for HEYsign business center of large format printable textiles. In his new role as commercial director, Kampsen will lead the global sales and marketing team to continue the company’s development toward a customer-focused, reliable …

Showcase

Contemporary and outdoorsy tented wedding

June 1, 2020

The perfect mix of an outdoorsy western landscape, upscale finishes and a level location for tent anchoring spells an ideal tented wedding for both client and tent provider. by Sigrid Tornquist A client brief that includes a vision to incorporate the property, bring the outside in and create a stylish, contemporary aesthetic may not be …

News

Celina Tent employees apply sewing skills to save displaced animals in Australia

June 1, 2020

The world watched in horror as wildfires burned more than 42,000 square miles in Australia last year. More than 30 people died, and there are estimates that as many as 1.25 billion animals may have perished. Watching from Celina, Ohio, friends Sabraim Loll and Brittany Snyder knew they had to do something. After seeing pictures …

News

American Tent provides Puerto Rico earthquake relief

June 1, 2020

For Green Bay, Wis.-based event tent manufacturer American Tent, what began as a website chat ended as a disaster relief effort.  Two representatives from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) reached out to American Tent through the company’s chat feature in February, explaining that the organization needed tents because they were sending a delegation to …

News

The tent rental industry comes together to fight for survival

June 1, 2020

Few aspects of the global economy are untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic, but for the tent and event rental industry, the crisis has been especially devastating.   North American tent rental companies gearing up for a robust spring season spent the months of March and April scrambling to adjust as all types of tented events …

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 …