Conference

OFPANZ annual conference, July 25-27, New Zealand

May 22, 2019

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

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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 …

Industry News

OSHA: Keep young workers safe this summer

May 15, 2019

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

Company News

Herculite names Matt Brommer new marketing manager

May 14, 2019

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

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Point of Rental announces new HQ location

May 10, 2019

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

Industry News

Join the National Safety Stand-Down May 6−10

May 1, 2019

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in the U.S. in 2017 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data). The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country to stop fall fatalities and injuries. What …

Company News

Crown Point Enterprises Inc. acquires Lendable Linens

April 30, 2019

Crown Point Enterprises Inc., Eighty Four, Pa., dba All Occasions Party Rental and Marbella Event Furniture & Décor Rental, acquired Lendable Linens, Monroeville, Pa., a national linen provider, in late April as part of the company’s latest expansion move. “This acquisition now gives us the ability to increase our presence in the linen sector, and …

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IFAI announces call for board and leadership positions

April 22, 2019

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now seeking candidates for positions on its Board of Directors and Division Advisory Boards. The current 1st Vice Chairman Kathy Schaefer, IFM (Glawe Tent and Awning Co.) is Chairman-elect and will automatically assume the duties of the Chairman of the Board in October. …

Company News

Point of Rental names Kelly Hoffman as business manager in Africa

April 22, 2019

Software provider Point of Rental, Grand Prairie, Texas, has announced its expansion within the African continent, adding Kelly Hoffman as its business manager. Based in South Africa, Hoffman will build the company’s presence by aligning hire and rental companies with software solutions. “One of our goals is to be able to provide excellent local service …

Company News

Accel Event Rentals introduces new large structure to Hawaii

April 18, 2019

Accel Event Rentals, Aiea, Hawaii, and its partner Koa Capital Partners LLC have completed a major capital investment, bringing one of the largest tent structures ever to the islands. The Losberger De Boer structure will accommodate up to 2,340 guests under a flexible configuration of up to 25,000 square feet. The $500,000 system is only …

Expo News

2018 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition Winners Announced

October 18, 2018

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

Expo News

IFAI Expo 2018: Show Stopper winners on the floor

October 17, 2018

All the best from Texas: Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The seventh annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services …

Expo News

2018 International Achievement Award Winners Announced

October 17, 2018

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

Expo News

Sharpen your competitive edge

October 17, 2018

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

Expo News

Digital presence is key to acquiring new customers in 2019

October 16, 2018

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

Expo News

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

October 16, 2018

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

Expo News

Textile testing for comfort

October 16, 2018

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

Expo News

Useful social media for companies of all sizes

October 15, 2018

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

Expo News

Successful multigenerational workplaces

October 15, 2018

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

Expo News

Sewing tips and tricks

October 15, 2018

One of the trickiest things facing the sewing industry is finding qualified workers. Many new employees may be unfamiliar with the basics of sewing machine operation, says Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas in Ham Lake, Minn. In her IFAI Expo session “Sewing Tips and Tricks,” Roberts points out that many young people didn’t grow …

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Getting educated on chair and tent rental for graduations

May 17, 2019

College and university campuses present myriad challenges when it comes to setting up chairs and installing tents for commencement ceremonies. By Pamela Mills-Senn The graduation season provides lucrative opportunities for tent and event rental companies, along with headaches that can try the steeliest of nerves. Take college and university graduation ceremonies, which often require massive …

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Streamlining tent rental through operations management

April 1, 2019

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

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Tenting for graduations, grad parties and the academic market

April 1, 2019

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

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Reader’s Choice Awards 2019

April 1, 2019

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

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

January 21, 2019

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

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Tent installations that make you say WOW!

December 1, 2018

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

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Event lighting options grow to meet client demands

December 1, 2018

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

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Find the products you need in the InTents 2019 Premier Product Showcase

December 1, 2018

Editor’s note: The companies in this section submitted product information by the specified deadline. This section is organized by three product categories: tents, structures and fabric; decor and accessories; and tools and equipment. InTents features a regular New Products section in each issue. To have your new products included, please direct your product information to …

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Solutions to warm tents up and cool them down

November 29, 2018

Whether the mercury is falling or rising, climate control suppliers are offering more options than ever to keep tented events comfortable.   Some tented events need heat, and some need cooling solutions. Then there are those that need both. “We have … found that many of our clients require heating and cooling at the same …

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Take a seat at the table: Make every tented event space unique with event furniture options

October 1, 2018

Tables and seating for tented events. For years, the options for these vital event components were limited in sizes and styles. These days, there’s an array of options available to suit the needs and visions of a variety of events (and their visionary coordinators). Setting the stage Jacqueline Klene, event designer at Exclusive Events Inc. …

Conference

OFPANZ annual conference, July 25-27, New Zealand

May 22, 2019

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

Industry News

OSHA: Keep young workers safe this summer

May 15, 2019

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

Company News

Herculite names Matt Brommer new marketing manager

May 14, 2019

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

Company News

Point of Rental announces new HQ location

May 10, 2019

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

Industry News

Join the National Safety Stand-Down May 6−10

May 1, 2019

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in the U.S. in 2017 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data). The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country to stop fall fatalities and injuries. What …

Company News

Crown Point Enterprises Inc. acquires Lendable Linens

April 30, 2019

Crown Point Enterprises Inc., Eighty Four, Pa., dba All Occasions Party Rental and Marbella Event Furniture & Décor Rental, acquired Lendable Linens, Monroeville, Pa., a national linen provider, in late April as part of the company’s latest expansion move. “This acquisition now gives us the ability to increase our presence in the linen sector, and …

Company News

Point of Rental names Kelly Hoffman as business manager in Africa

April 22, 2019

Software provider Point of Rental, Grand Prairie, Texas, has announced its expansion within the African continent, adding Kelly Hoffman as its business manager. Based in South Africa, Hoffman will build the company’s presence by aligning hire and rental companies with software solutions. “One of our goals is to be able to provide excellent local service …

Company News

Accel Event Rentals introduces new large structure to Hawaii

April 18, 2019

Accel Event Rentals, Aiea, Hawaii, and its partner Koa Capital Partners LLC have completed a major capital investment, bringing one of the largest tent structures ever to the islands. The Losberger De Boer structure will accommodate up to 2,340 guests under a flexible configuration of up to 25,000 square feet. The $500,000 system is only …

Industry News

The Alleen Company and Lasting Impressions Event Rentals merge

April 12, 2019

The Alleen Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lasting Impressions Event Rentals, Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, have merged under common ownership. For 68 years, The Alleen Company has served the Cincinnati area as event rental and tenting professionals. The merger allows the company to offer a greater inventory of tenting, specialty linens, tabletop items, chair styles and …

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New Hot Swap program from Kamber

April 8, 2019

Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery LLC, a global trader and specialist in pre-owned weaving, braiding and knitting machinery, has announced a new Hot Swap program for manufacturers. The program offers manufacturers the opportunity to have their narrow fabric needle looms completely refurbished with a full one-year warranty and with zero minutes of downtime with their current …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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Getting educated on chair and tent rental for graduations

May 17, 2019

College and university campuses present myriad challenges when it comes to setting up chairs and installing tents for commencement ceremonies. By Pamela Mills-Senn The graduation season provides lucrative opportunities for tent and event rental companies, along with headaches that can try the steeliest of nerves. Take college and university graduation ceremonies, which often require massive …

Event Production

Museum of the American Revolution inspires with a clear top tent

June 1, 2017

For the April grand opening gala of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pa., EventQuip of Lansdale, Pa., installed a 12-by-76-meter Losberger P7 profile with a clear top for the gala dinner tent, a 9-by-6-meter Losberger P7 with a white top for the entrance tent, a 9-by-55-foot clear-top Aztec marquee for building access, …

Project Briefs

Long distance sprint

December 1, 2016

O’Neil Tent Co. installs several structures in a short timeframe 250+ feet from the unloading zone. When Ohio State University needed tenting structures for its fundraising campaign, “But for Ohio State,” an event that raises funds for students to study abroad, it called on O’Neil Tent Co., Columbus, Ohio, to make it happen. O’Neil Tent …

Event Production

Decadent masterpiece

December 1, 2016

A clear tent becomes a speakeasy with “The Great Gatsby” in every detail. Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby may have been left off the guest list, but every other detail of a “Great Gatsby”-themed birthday party under a tent recalled the glitter and grandeur of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Inspired by the client’s home and …

Event Production

Building a city

December 1, 2016

Classic Event and Tent Rentals prepared a scenic, suburban golf course for an invasion of hundreds of thousands of fans. When Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., was awarded the 2016 Ryder Cup, planners knew a temporary city would be needed to accommodate the anticipated 250,000 spectators who would descend on the picturesque course …

Event Production

Anything’s possible

December 1, 2016

Over the Top Tents and Events makes events happen in the wild and magnificent Alaska terrain. The largest state in the union is home to breathtaking landscapes. The mountains, rivers and glaciers provide stunning backdrops for unforgettable events—but along with the wild, untamed beauty of Alaska comes unpredictable climates and challenging accessibility for companies like …

Event Production

Creating A Distinctive Atmosphere for Multiple Events Using One Tent

October 28, 2016

There is a reason why so many tented events seem to be cookie-cutter productions. There are people to please and placate, funds to be allocated, tent design and layout to be developed, and complex lighting and flooring elements to be installed. It is no wonder that so many people end up with the same event …

Event Production

Installing a structure on a scaffold

October 1, 2016

New York Tent installs a rooftop structure that couldn’t be attached to the roof. When Citnalta Construction Corp. approached Long Island-based New York Tent to cover a roof that it needed to rip off and replace, the construction firm had one big caveat: because of the work that had to be done, the tent couldn’t …

Event Production

Amazon Originals interactive experience at Comic-Con

October 1, 2016

Choura Events creates an Amazon Originals interactive experience for Comic-Con enthusiasts. Comic-Con junkies are the tastemakers of tomorrow,” actress Kristen Bell once said—and she’s not alone in her enthusiasm for the event that celebrates comic books and other aspects of popular arts, such as films and science fiction/fantasy literature. Comic-Con International takes place each year …

Projects

An organic palette under a sailcloth tent

October 1, 2016

Earthiness and formality blend perfectly under a sailcloth tent. With a bride specifically requesting a twin-pole sailcloth tent for her wedding, Durkin’s Inc. of Danbury, Conn., and Amy Cagginello of Amy Champagne Events LLC, Milford, Conn., and New York City, set out to seamlessly blend the tent and decor. Fulfilling the bride’s dream, Durkin’s installed …