Design Spotlight

Miami Open 2022

December 1, 2022

The legendary Miami Open returned to its home at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla., in the spring of 2022. Eventstar Structures, based out of Medley, Fla., was tasked with redesigning and building an upgraded hospitality experience that thousands of fans would traverse during the multiweek event.  The Terrace at the 2022 Miami Open contained …

Design Spotlight

A whimsical wedding

December 1, 2022

All Occasions Party Rental, based in Eighty Four, Pa., staged this gorgeous June wedding under a 50-by-50-foot Anchor Industries Clear Navi-Trac® tent at a private residence in Washington, Pa. “The bride had a very energetic personality with an eclectic taste,” recalls Whitney Demchak, creative director at All Occasions. “The wedding planner, Tim Komen with TK …

Features

Growing demand for tent graphics

December 1, 2022

While ushering the world into a new digital era, the COVID-19 pandemic also rekindled a desire for bigger, bolder in-person connections. This change couldn’t be more welcome across event services—especially within the tent industry. “It’s amazing what people have done with tents over the past two years,” says Bryan Bolt, technical solutions manager at TopTec …

Business

Checklists are the key to preventive maintenance

December 1, 2022

Don’t you hate it when things don’t work in the warehouse? You jump on the forklift, ready to unload a 40-ft. trailer, and the battery is dead. As you are cursing your misfortune, you grab the pallet jack and the hydraulic pump is shot.  I have recently been teaching a class on warehouse management. When …

Projects

Igloo marquees in Edinburgh

December 1, 2022

When the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival asked Worcestershire, U.K.-based Fews Marquees to provide structures for three of its performance areas, the company had no hesitation in recommending its Igloo marquees for the event. And while the job may have been more than Fews bargained for, it was a challenge worth accepting.  “Back in August last …

Features

Making events more sustainable

December 1, 2022

Customers across the globe are starting to put their money where their mouths are when choosing eco-friendly products and services.  In fact, one IBM study in 2022 found that 49% of customers worldwide have recently paid a premium—an average of 59% more—for a product branded as sustainable or socially responsible. What does that mean for …

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On-trend bar and food stations

December 1, 2022

After the past several years where holiday parties were decidedly low-key and restrained—if they happened at all—this year’s celebrations have been positively giddy. This is an exciting change for event planners who of course welcome not only the business but also the chance to let their imaginations run free, creating events that keep people engaged …

Business

Choosing the right CRM

December 1, 2022

Most businesses use a few different software packages. Email and calendars are typically bundled together in services like Gmail and Outlook. Documents are typically handled with Microsoft Word and arrays of data with Excel. A customer relationship management (CRM) system is like having all these tools under one hood working seamlessly together. In essence, a …

Business

Cold weather safety tips to protect workers

December 1, 2022

As we head into December, it’s important to be prepared for the oncoming winter weather. In this article, we’re detailing the extreme risks associated with winter weather and sharing our top cold weather safety tips to protect your workers on outdoor jobsites. Types of cold stress There are a number of risks that can occur …

Industry News

In memoriam: Phillip “Phil” Eugene Russell

November 28, 2022

Phillip “Phil” Eugene Russell, 70, of Mansfield, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.  He passed away quietly in his home surrounded by close family members after a very long, courageous battle with cancer. Phil was born July 14, 1952, in Mt. Gilead, Ohio to Edd and Loretta Mae Russell.  He grew up with two …

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 …

Expo News

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 …

Expo News

IFAI Expo: Shade sail engineering software

November 2, 2021

On Nov. 2, 2021, at IFAI Expo in Nashville, Tenn., Timothy Akes, representative for the Americas, MPanel Software Solutions, and Andrew Askwith, senior software developer, MPanel Software Solutions, presented the education session “Shade Sail Engineering—It’s Not Just a Bunch of Numbers.” According to Akes, there is a tendency for shade sail engineering to be relegated …

Events

Messe Stuttgart’s Sun Shading Expo North America moves co-location debut with IFAI Expo to 2022

July 7, 2021

Messe Stuttgart announced that its new U.S.-based show Sun Shading Expo North America will not be held in 2021 as a separate trade show but will instead contribute its expertise in internal and external sun shading systems at IFAI Expo 2021 in the form of expert talks, open discussions and more. IFAI Expo 2021 will still take place …

Expo News

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 …

Expo News

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 …

Expo News

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 …

Expo News

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

November 13, 2020

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

Expo News

The larger issues in respiratory protection

November 12, 2020

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

Features

On-trend bar and food stations

December 1, 2022

After the past several years where holiday parties were decidedly low-key and restrained—if they happened at all—this year’s celebrations have been positively giddy. This is an exciting change for event planners who of course welcome not only the business but also the chance to let their imaginations run free, creating events that keep people engaged …

Features

Making events more sustainable

December 1, 2022

Customers across the globe are starting to put their money where their mouths are when choosing eco-friendly products and services.  In fact, one IBM study in 2022 found that 49% of customers worldwide have recently paid a premium—an average of 59% more—for a product branded as sustainable or socially responsible. What does that mean for …

Features

Growing demand for tent graphics

December 1, 2022

While ushering the world into a new digital era, the COVID-19 pandemic also rekindled a desire for bigger, bolder in-person connections. This change couldn’t be more welcome across event services—especially within the tent industry. “It’s amazing what people have done with tents over the past two years,” says Bryan Bolt, technical solutions manager at TopTec …

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Outside the box

October 1, 2022

Back in the day, ordering a tent for a special event meant you could pretty much expect one thing: a basic, boxy structure that did its job to temporarily shelter inhabitants from the weather.  Call it a canvas coup, but these days tents come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and materials and are commonly …

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Warehousing Know How

October 1, 2022

Today’s warehouses are no longer just for storage. From being a showroom of products to providing a space for drying operations to housing all facets of inventory, they have become multipurpose spaces that require well-defined organization and management to keep processes streamlined and efficient.  Dan Farrell, general manager at Marquee Event Rentals, Chicago, Ill., says …

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Premier Product Showcase 2022

October 1, 2022

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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The return of festivals

August 1, 2022

People are shopping, dining out and going to movies. They’re heading back to schools and offices. Milestones are being celebrated, “I do’s” are being said, and along with all this return to near-normal life, festivals big and small are once again part of the entertainment landscape. For tent and event rental companies supplying this market, …

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Sticker Shock

August 1, 2022

Even as COVID-induced cancellations recede, vendors must now deal with spiking costs resulting from rising demand, geopolitical instability, supply chain breakdowns and other economic trends. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that recent consumer prices are the highest in 40 years.  Companies across all industries are facing rapidly rising costs for …

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Leaders under 40

August 1, 2022

We asked our readers for nominations of individuals who they feel are showing leadership and actively working to improve the industry. As you’ll see on the next several pages, the results were truly impressive! Despite their age, many of the nominees have several decades of experience already, having grown up as the second or even …

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Long-term rental success

June 1, 2022

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

Industry News

In memoriam: Phillip “Phil” Eugene Russell

November 28, 2022

Phillip “Phil” Eugene Russell, 70, of Mansfield, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.  He passed away quietly in his home surrounded by close family members after a very long, courageous battle with cancer. Phil was born July 14, 1952, in Mt. Gilead, Ohio to Edd and Loretta Mae Russell.  He grew up with two …

Industry News

Rainier Industries acquires Outdoor America Images Corp.

November 22, 2022

Rainier Industries announces the acquisition of Outdoor America Images (OAI) Corporation, located in Tampa, Fla. Together, Rainier Display and OAI offer a full suite of services nationwide, including design, print, dimensional fabrication (wood and metal), project management and installation. Each organization is well established with designers and other wholesalers, and this merger is will strengthen …

Company News

Snyder Manufacturing Debuts New Website and Logo

November 11, 2022

Snyder Manufacturing, an industrial fabric manufacturer, recently launched a new website and introduced an updated logo as part of their rebrand project. The company’s website offers extensive information on their product lines consisting of vinyl fabric, PVC coated mesh, laminated fabrics, extruded films, and military specification materials including Berry Compliant, Non-Berry and Buy American fabrics. …

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Ports slowing from record highs

November 10, 2022

Retailers expect a busy holiday season the next two months but imports at the nation’s major container ports should continue to slow from records set earlier in the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Cargo levels that historically peak in the fall …

Company News

American Tent introduces Renegade fully recyclable tent

November 9, 2022

Commercial tent manufacturer, American Tent has introduced the Renegade Series, the first fully-recyclable tent at MATRA’s Tent Show, November 7-10 in Greenville, South Carolina. The Renegade Series features polypropylene-based fabrics that are an alternative to the PVC-coated fabrics that dominate the marketplace; they’re also fully-recyclable, low carbon, and lighter weight. The Renegade Series is ideal …

Company News

IronCraft, LLC announces new director of digital and dealer development

November 8, 2022

IronCraft, LLC (“IronCraft”), formerly branded Titan Implement, has named Michael Kucharski as its new Director of Digital and Dealer Development.  He joins IronCraft after serving in various leadership roles within the heavy equipment industry, most recently as VP of Dealer Development at Fecon, LLC.  Kucharski has extensive experience in dealer development, having spent 16 years …

Events

Tent Conference 2023

November 1, 2022

Tent Conference is the leading event promoting the advancement of the commercial tent rental industry. This biennial event features: A robust educational component designed to grow businesses Valuable networking opportunities Access to the industry’s top material suppliers Suppliers will: Have access to a targeted customer base in a single location Strengthen relationships with existing customers …

Company News

Mitch Holt promoted to GM

October 27, 2022

Mitch Holt has been promoted to General Manager for Lodging Solutions and Industrial Tent Systems (ITS). He has been an industry leader in temporary structure rentals for the past 18 years and joined the ITS organization in 2021 as Director of Human Resources.  Industrial Tent Systems founded By Tim Bolton in 1985 specializes in turnkey …

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A1 Tablecloth launches virtual showroom & tablescape designer

October 27, 2022

A1 Tablecloth Company, South Hackensack, N.J., has partnered with the well-known 3D visualization platform Merri to launch its very own Virtual Showroom. The platform made for event planning allows users to visualize an event space using 3D models of event props and A1’s linens. The Virtual Showroom includes a tablescape design feature, letting users tailor …

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United Rentals to add zero-emissions hydrogen power generators to fleet

October 26, 2022

United Rentals, Stamford, Conn., will add several hydrogen power generators to its North American rental fleet in the coming months. With the generators, United Rentals customers will have a zero-emissions power solution to charge electric vehicles, tools and other equipment, advancing worksite electrification strategies. The EODev GEH2 fuel cell electro-hydrogen generators bring companies the energy …

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

Igloo marquees in Edinburgh

December 1, 2022

When the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival asked Worcestershire, U.K.-based Fews Marquees to provide structures for three of its performance areas, the company had no hesitation in recommending its Igloo marquees for the event. And while the job may have been more than Fews bargained for, it was a challenge worth accepting.  “Back in August last …

Design Spotlight

A whimsical wedding

December 1, 2022

All Occasions Party Rental, based in Eighty Four, Pa., staged this gorgeous June wedding under a 50-by-50-foot Anchor Industries Clear Navi-Trac® tent at a private residence in Washington, Pa. “The bride had a very energetic personality with an eclectic taste,” recalls Whitney Demchak, creative director at All Occasions. “The wedding planner, Tim Komen with TK …

Design Spotlight

Miami Open 2022

December 1, 2022

The legendary Miami Open returned to its home at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla., in the spring of 2022. Eventstar Structures, based out of Medley, Fla., was tasked with redesigning and building an upgraded hospitality experience that thousands of fans would traverse during the multiweek event.  The Terrace at the 2022 Miami Open contained …

Projects

Tented Teamwork

October 1, 2022

Tent and event rental people know—every event holds surprises. But for Party Reflections Inc. LLC, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., a recent fundraiser proved to be more challenging than most. The company had handled the annual Charlotte fundraiser for nearly 10 years, so one might expect the event would be less than challenging. But as it …

Projects

Holding Court

October 1, 2022

This was an autumn wedding in the Sand Canyon area of Santa Clarita,” explains Stacie House, director of business development for 24/7 Events. “The couple really wanted to embrace the outdoors.” The event was held under a 40-by-80-foot Aztec frame tent, using the frame only with pole socks and drapery to allow the fall sky …

Projects

The Enchanted Forest

October 1, 2022

An over-the-top 21st birthday celebration staged by Oasis Events, based in Gloucestershire, England, was at the crest of a winding hill, through a wood, overlooking a lake on a private estate. The event was themed as an enchanted fairy-tale forest for 260 guests, with drinks, dinner and dancing, and the late-night reveal of a secret …

Projects

Tenting the Barrett-Jackson car auction

August 1, 2022

As Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. entered its 50th year of producing live collector car auctions, it secured a partnership with San Antonio, Texas-based National Structures Events & Services to ensure the tenting structures supporting the Scottsdale Auction were as phenomenal as the event itself. Awarded in July 2021, the five-year partnership kicked off in …

Inspired!

Inspired

August 1, 2022

This wedding was held in Toronto, Ont., Canada under a 30-by-95-foot Legacy Tent Structure with the roof panels removed to allow unobstructed views of a clear, starry night. Installation was completed by Premier Event Tent Rentals. Photo courtesy of Premier Event Tent Rentals.

Projects

An Olympian Task

June 1, 2022

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

Projects

Montreal General Hospital Trauma Center

June 1, 2022

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