Industry News

Outlook 2024 highlights military, policy updates

May 20, 2024

More than 75 textile leaders gathered at this year’s Outlook® Conference to hear updates on the economy and the top issues facing the industry. The Outlook conference is organized by the U.S. Industrial & Narrow Fabric Institute and the Military Division of the Advanced Textiles Association. This year’s conference was held May 5-7 at the …

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Arena Americas, PGA of America partner through 2030

May 15, 2024

Arena Americas, a provider of temporary and semi- permanent structures and event solutions, announces the extension of its partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America through 2030. This extension reflects the strong synergy cultivated between the companies since the inception of this partnership in 2017. For more than six years, Arena Americas has …

Company News

Patrick Clysdale joins Herculite Products Inc.’s direct sales team

May 14, 2024

Herculite Products Inc. announced that Patrick Clysdale has been hired as the southeastern regional manager for the direct sales team. Clysdale comes to Herculite with nearly 10 years of experience in B2C sales support and over four years in B2B distribution. He was a collegiate baseball player and lives in Florida. He enjoys spending quality time …

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Get ready for ‘cicada-geddon’ this summer

May 13, 2024

By Connie Lannan If you are an event rental business that operates in the Midwest or parts of the South, you had better be prepared for “cicada-geddon,” the term used by some in the media to describe the arrival this summer of two broods of cicadas — Brood XIX, which arrives every 13 years, and Brood …

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Mod-Fence, FloorEXP, California Portable Dance Floor combine as Event Product Solutions

May 8, 2024

The innovative minds behind Mod-Fence, FloorEXP and California Portable Dance Floor Company announced the launch of their latest venture, Event Product Solutions. This new brand is building off their previous successes in temporary event fencing and event flooring. Event Product Solutions is committed to becoming the centralized source for unique event needs, streamlining the process …

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Arena Group acquires Showblock

May 1, 2024

Arena Group has completed the acquisition of temporary structure specialists Showblock. The deal demonstrates Arena Group’s commitment to growth and innovation and strengthens its position as a global leader in the event industry. Showblock, founded in 2017, is renowned for its highly functional, sustainable structures which have been showcased at iconic events around the globe …

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Traube Tents acquires Armbruster Tentmaker

April 11, 2024

Traube Tent Company, Inc., St. Louis, Mo. metro region, a full service tent & structure provider, has acquired key manufacturing assets and product lines from Armbruster Tentmaker of Springfield, Ill. Traube is excited to continue the long-standing tradition of excellence from Armbruster. Traube will carry on the 149-year legacy and will offer the following products …

Company News

Bright partners with Trivest and also acquires PEAK Event Services

April 4, 2024

Bright Event Rentals, Los Angeles, has partnered with Trivest Partners, a Miami-based, founder-focused private equity firm with over 40 years of experience creating strategic partnerships and fostering growth. Bright has also acquired PEAK Event Services, a special event rental company in New England and the Hudson Valley. Bright is a full-service event rental solutions company. Founded in …

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Project Showcase: National Structures Events & Services

April 1, 2024

There may be nothing better than being a part of an event that showcases a company’s expertise and benefits children at the same time. For the third year in a row, National Structures Events & Services of San Antonio, Texas, did just that. The tent and event company erected structures for the annual Shriners Children’s …

Installation Spotlight

A stately challenge

April 1, 2024

When the word “estate” is mentioned, one immediately imagines spacious grounds with room to spare. But when AAble Rents, based in Cleveland, Ohio, was hired to install the tents and flooring for a wedding and reception at a private estate, it quickly became apparent that space, or rather the lack of it, was going to …

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 …

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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 …

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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

Terminally trending

April 1, 2024

Whether a wedding is simple or extravagant, glitzy or subdued, bridal couples have a myriad of choices to make as it relates to wedding decor and accessories. And today’s tent and event rental companies need to have a finger on the proverbial pulse of all the latest trends to know what inventory to stock and …

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Turning the tables

April 1, 2024

Covered or bare, cocktail or farmhouse-style, tables are transcending their conventional role as pillars of support, serving as integral components for fostering connection and awe among event guests. “We’re seeing a kind of dichotomy happening,” says Bill Child, account manager at Look My Table, Huntington Beach, Calif. “The focus on event aesthetics is growing as people …

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Clamoring for customization

April 1, 2024

Blue Spark Event Design has always prioritized customization, says Heather Pilcher, CEO/executive producer for the company that is headquartered in Orlando, Fla. If a client doesn’t bring up customization, Pilcher says her company suggests it as a way to create a more impactful event experience. Over the years, Blue Spark has designed some memorable projects. …

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Themed events: transforming venues, transporting guests

December 1, 2023

Every event offers opportunities and challenges, but this is especially true for those designed around a specific theme. On the one hand, having this kind of “outline” can be handy for kicking off the creative process. But on the other hand, themed events typically come with lots of moving parts, relying on details large and …

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Going high tech with RFID

December 1, 2023

From cattle to casinos to rental cars, radio frequency identification or RFID technology is making inroads across a myriad of industries, including the tent industry, as manufacturers and event rental companies turn to RFID tags to streamline production and help manage inventory.  According to Mathieu De Backer, vice president of innovation and sustainability with Avery …

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Multigenerational workplaces: Challenges and opportunities

December 1, 2023

In today’s workforce it’s difficult to bring in new, younger workers and make them feel engaged and productive. And with older workers delaying retirement, companies now must grapple with adapting to multigenerational workforces.  Steve Belliveau, sales manager at Anchor Industries Inc., which produces tents, frames and awnings, says the industry cannot survive without what he …

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Finding (and keeping) good employees

October 1, 2023

As the world adjusted to life during COVID restrictions, tents were in greater demand; however, finding people willing and able to take on the work during those early months of the pandemic was particularly difficult, says David Darby, wedding and event rental specialist at Colonial Heights, Virginia-based Rent-E-Quip.  Eli Tirado, tenting manager at South Jersey …

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Tent cleaning & repair tips

October 1, 2023

During the busy season, when parties, events, weddings, festivals and so on have kicked into relatively high gear, tents are going out, coming back in and then going out again. While all of this activity is welcomed by tent rental companies, it does pressure them to ensure their inventories are up to the task, and …

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2023 Premier Product Showcase

October 1, 2023

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.  This …

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Industry veterans

August 1, 2023

In 2022, we spoke with several of our “Leaders under 40” to find out how they viewed the industry and what attracted them to get involved with it. This year, we wanted to talk to some of our industry veterans and we asked readers to nominate individuals they felt should be recognized for their decades …

Industry News

Outlook 2024 highlights military, policy updates

May 20, 2024

More than 75 textile leaders gathered at this year’s Outlook® Conference to hear updates on the economy and the top issues facing the industry. The Outlook conference is organized by the U.S. Industrial & Narrow Fabric Institute and the Military Division of the Advanced Textiles Association. This year’s conference was held May 5-7 at the …

Industry News

Arena Americas, PGA of America partner through 2030

May 15, 2024

Arena Americas, a provider of temporary and semi- permanent structures and event solutions, announces the extension of its partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America through 2030. This extension reflects the strong synergy cultivated between the companies since the inception of this partnership in 2017. For more than six years, Arena Americas has …

Company News

Patrick Clysdale joins Herculite Products Inc.’s direct sales team

May 14, 2024

Herculite Products Inc. announced that Patrick Clysdale has been hired as the southeastern regional manager for the direct sales team. Clysdale comes to Herculite with nearly 10 years of experience in B2C sales support and over four years in B2B distribution. He was a collegiate baseball player and lives in Florida. He enjoys spending quality time …

Industry News

Get ready for ‘cicada-geddon’ this summer

May 13, 2024

By Connie Lannan If you are an event rental business that operates in the Midwest or parts of the South, you had better be prepared for “cicada-geddon,” the term used by some in the media to describe the arrival this summer of two broods of cicadas — Brood XIX, which arrives every 13 years, and Brood …

Industry News

Mod-Fence, FloorEXP, California Portable Dance Floor combine as Event Product Solutions

May 8, 2024

The innovative minds behind Mod-Fence, FloorEXP and California Portable Dance Floor Company announced the launch of their latest venture, Event Product Solutions. This new brand is building off their previous successes in temporary event fencing and event flooring. Event Product Solutions is committed to becoming the centralized source for unique event needs, streamlining the process …

Industry News

Arena Group acquires Showblock

May 1, 2024

Arena Group has completed the acquisition of temporary structure specialists Showblock. The deal demonstrates Arena Group’s commitment to growth and innovation and strengthens its position as a global leader in the event industry. Showblock, founded in 2017, is renowned for its highly functional, sustainable structures which have been showcased at iconic events around the globe …

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Traube Tents acquires Armbruster Tentmaker

April 11, 2024

Traube Tent Company, Inc., St. Louis, Mo. metro region, a full service tent & structure provider, has acquired key manufacturing assets and product lines from Armbruster Tentmaker of Springfield, Ill. Traube is excited to continue the long-standing tradition of excellence from Armbruster. Traube will carry on the 149-year legacy and will offer the following products …

Company News

Bright partners with Trivest and also acquires PEAK Event Services

April 4, 2024

Bright Event Rentals, Los Angeles, has partnered with Trivest Partners, a Miami-based, founder-focused private equity firm with over 40 years of experience creating strategic partnerships and fostering growth. Bright has also acquired PEAK Event Services, a special event rental company in New England and the Hudson Valley. Bright is a full-service event rental solutions company. Founded in …

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ARA launches national workforce development campaign

March 26, 2024

The American Rental Association (ARA) debuted its workforce development campaign – Born for This – at The ARA ShowTM 2024, held February 19 – 21 in New Orleans, La. As a prelude to The ARA Show keynote session, Tony Conant, ARA chief executive officer (CEO), introduced the new campaign titled Born for This, which features …

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IAA submission window opens March 15

March 5, 2024

The International Achievement Awards (IAA) are returning for 2024. Entries will once again be open starting this March 15 for the awards program. Seize the opportunity to showcase your work to a global audience! Reasons to Participate: Submissions may be made beginning March 15. Deadline for entries is May 16. Visit iaa.textiles.org. Questions? Contact Tara …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Project Showcase: National Structures Events & Services

April 1, 2024

There may be nothing better than being a part of an event that showcases a company’s expertise and benefits children at the same time. For the third year in a row, National Structures Events & Services of San Antonio, Texas, did just that. The tent and event company erected structures for the annual Shriners Children’s …

Installation Spotlight

A stately challenge

April 1, 2024

When the word “estate” is mentioned, one immediately imagines spacious grounds with room to spare. But when AAble Rents, based in Cleveland, Ohio, was hired to install the tents and flooring for a wedding and reception at a private estate, it quickly became apparent that space, or rather the lack of it, was going to …

Design Spotlight

Project showcase: Houston Tents & Events

December 1, 2023

Looking at the photographs from the wedding and reception, no one would ever guess just how difficult the installation was for Houston Tents & Events in Houston, Texas. “This couple had the dream of hosting their wedding behind the original ranch home on their 110,000-acre property in South Texas,” recalls Darren Randle, the company’s founder …

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TenTen Crew tents the Goodwood Festival of Speed

December 1, 2023

Billed as “the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture,” the Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place each summer on the famous grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. A 17th-century estate seems an unlikely place to stage a motorsport festival, but it is one of the most prestigious racing events in the …

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Project showcase: Premier Event Rentals

October 1, 2023

When clients wanted to create a dazzling—yet challenging—wedding ceremony and reception for their daughter in the lake-filled Canadian region of Muskoka in Ontario, Canada, known as the “Hamptons of the North,” they turned to Brampton, Ont.-based Premier Event Tent Rentals Inc. to pull it off. The lakeside cottage was the perfect venue in terms of …

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Installation spotlight: Milestone Event Rental

October 1, 2023

Every event planner knows that trying to book a tent just four months before a wedding is going to be very difficult. Trying to book a tent four months before a June wedding is almost impossible. Fortunately for this particular bride, Marty Haas with Milestone Event Rental in Farmington, Minn., was determined to find a …

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Project showcase: Stamford Tent & Event

August 1, 2023

Tent and event rental companies are used to making people’s dreams come true. It’s what they do—making it look easy when anyone inside the industry knows it’s anything but. So when clients request an over-the-top, spectacular, weatherproof environment to house their daughter’s wedding, it’s go-time for seasoned tent and event rental companies. The bottom line? …

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Installation spotlight: Traube Tent

August 1, 2023

DoubleTree Hotel in Chesterfield, Mo., announced the grand opening of its new tented event center in April 2023. The tent structure is a permanent building addition to the DoubleTree property that is fully climate-controlled to comfortably host special events and functions year-round for up to 400 people.  The tent structure was designed and installed by …

Installation Spotlight

Project showcase: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

June 1, 2023

With a large hospital fundraiser coming up, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra wanted to temporarily expand its home at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Loane Bros. Inc. was tasked with the project, which aimed to provide a climate-controlled space for cocktails, dinner and dessert for the fundraiser.  The Towson, Md., company tented outside the iconic rounded building over …

Design Spotlight

Design spotlight: Beachside winter wonderland

April 1, 2023

Staging an outdoor event in January can present a number of challenges, from blizzards to ice storms. But at this reception, held at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club in Dana Point, Calif., the only white to be seen was on the inside of the tent. From chairs and linens to drapes and …