Industry News

Point of Rental Elite introduces work orders for POR One

July 10, 2024

Any rental business using work orders to manage its maintenance processes can now do so easily, securely, and remotely with Work Orders for Point of Rental One. “The Work Orders workflow will help get your rented items operational again more quickly. It makes it easier to diagnose and document problems in the field, so you …

Industry News

CORT Events expands in Texas

July 9, 2024

CORT Events, Chantilly, Va., is opening a warehouse in Round Rock, Texas, to service trade shows, exhibits and events in nearby Austin, San Antonio and surrounding Texas regions. “We are thrilled to expand our event and trade show offerings and bring our exemplary service to this exciting market,” said Damon Ross, senior vice president, CORT …

Industry News

LeFort Interests acquires four East Coast event rental businesses

July 9, 2024

LeFort Interests, a family office with locations in New York and Winter Park, Fla., has acquired four event rental businesses based on the East Coast. The acquisitions include Nantucket, Mass.-based companies Nantucket Tents, Placesetters Nantucket and Soiree Floral, as well as Sperry Tents of South Florida, with locations in West Palm Beach and Winter Park, Fla. “Over the course of …

Industry News

Element expands Gulf Coast footprint

June 21, 2024

Element, a Louisiana-based event production rental company with its hub in New Orleans, is expanding in the Gulf Coast region with a new location in Gulfport, Miss. Element has served the southern Louisiana market for 25 years. Third-generation owner Octavia Young, who serves as the company’s chief financial officer/sales, will head the expansion and build …

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Point of Rental named one of Inc.’s best places to work

June 18, 2024

Point of Rental has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Places to Work for 2024, the first time the software company has been listed. “A few years ago, we set a 10-year Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal as a company. One of those goals was to become one of the best places to work in …

Industry News

Cincinnati’s All Occasions launches All On Productions

June 5, 2024

The All Occasions Group, Cincinnati, has created a new division dedicated to providing lighting and production services. All On Productions will build upon All Occasions’ broader capabilities of event rental products and services, the company said. “We will leverage our 40-plus years in the event industry and established infrastructure to expand our offerings into this new-to-us segment …

Features

2024 Reader’s Choice Awards

June 1, 2024

We asked InTents readers to vote for the best of the best in 15 categories. Which companies, products and services do InTents readers believe to be the best of the best? What tent rental industry supplier always comes through when you need them? Which piece of equipment saves time and labor?  And what services do you …

Features

Sporting opportunities

June 1, 2024

Outfitting sporting events with tents, flooring, staging and other key elements is the quintessential project for which many companies within the event industry strive. Just ask Daniel Hooks, president and CEO of Party Reflections in Charlotte, N.C., who has outfitted a myriad of sporting events throughout the company’s history. “Structures that can be adapted to …

Features

Tents to the rescue!

June 1, 2024

Used for wedding celebrations, birthday parties, graduations, festivals and other events, fabric structures and tents serve a variety of lighthearted purposes. But these products also have a serious side, such as when they’re deployed for disasters, for humanitarian relief, for military operations or in first-responder situations. And although every event-focused setup has its challenges, issues …

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Invest and grow

June 1, 2024

George Smith, vice president of operations for temporary structures for Sunbelt Rentals Inc. (and former president and CEO of Mahaffey USA), never intended to make a career out of the tent business. In the beginning, it was strictly a side gig.  “I was working in garage door sales in Boston when my wife’s father suggested …

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 …

Expo News

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 …

ATA News

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

2024 Reader’s Choice Awards

June 1, 2024

We asked InTents readers to vote for the best of the best in 15 categories. Which companies, products and services do InTents readers believe to be the best of the best? What tent rental industry supplier always comes through when you need them? Which piece of equipment saves time and labor?  And what services do you …

Features

Sporting opportunities

June 1, 2024

Outfitting sporting events with tents, flooring, staging and other key elements is the quintessential project for which many companies within the event industry strive. Just ask Daniel Hooks, president and CEO of Party Reflections in Charlotte, N.C., who has outfitted a myriad of sporting events throughout the company’s history. “Structures that can be adapted to …

Features

Tents to the rescue!

June 1, 2024

Used for wedding celebrations, birthday parties, graduations, festivals and other events, fabric structures and tents serve a variety of lighthearted purposes. But these products also have a serious side, such as when they’re deployed for disasters, for humanitarian relief, for military operations or in first-responder situations. And although every event-focused setup has its challenges, issues …

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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. …

Features

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 …

Features

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 …

Features

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 …

Features

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 …

Industry News

Point of Rental Elite introduces work orders for POR One

July 10, 2024

Any rental business using work orders to manage its maintenance processes can now do so easily, securely, and remotely with Work Orders for Point of Rental One. “The Work Orders workflow will help get your rented items operational again more quickly. It makes it easier to diagnose and document problems in the field, so you …

Industry News

CORT Events expands in Texas

July 9, 2024

CORT Events, Chantilly, Va., is opening a warehouse in Round Rock, Texas, to service trade shows, exhibits and events in nearby Austin, San Antonio and surrounding Texas regions. “We are thrilled to expand our event and trade show offerings and bring our exemplary service to this exciting market,” said Damon Ross, senior vice president, CORT …

Industry News

LeFort Interests acquires four East Coast event rental businesses

July 9, 2024

LeFort Interests, a family office with locations in New York and Winter Park, Fla., has acquired four event rental businesses based on the East Coast. The acquisitions include Nantucket, Mass.-based companies Nantucket Tents, Placesetters Nantucket and Soiree Floral, as well as Sperry Tents of South Florida, with locations in West Palm Beach and Winter Park, Fla. “Over the course of …

Industry News

Element expands Gulf Coast footprint

June 21, 2024

Element, a Louisiana-based event production rental company with its hub in New Orleans, is expanding in the Gulf Coast region with a new location in Gulfport, Miss. Element has served the southern Louisiana market for 25 years. Third-generation owner Octavia Young, who serves as the company’s chief financial officer/sales, will head the expansion and build …

Industry News

Point of Rental named one of Inc.’s best places to work

June 18, 2024

Point of Rental has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Places to Work for 2024, the first time the software company has been listed. “A few years ago, we set a 10-year Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal as a company. One of those goals was to become one of the best places to work in …

Industry News

Cincinnati’s All Occasions launches All On Productions

June 5, 2024

The All Occasions Group, Cincinnati, has created a new division dedicated to providing lighting and production services. All On Productions will build upon All Occasions’ broader capabilities of event rental products and services, the company said. “We will leverage our 40-plus years in the event industry and established infrastructure to expand our offerings into this new-to-us segment …

Profile

Invest and grow

June 1, 2024

George Smith, vice president of operations for temporary structures for Sunbelt Rentals Inc. (and former president and CEO of Mahaffey USA), never intended to make a career out of the tent business. In the beginning, it was strictly a side gig.  “I was working in garage door sales in Boston when my wife’s father suggested …

Industry News

Aztec delivers new tent architecture

May 29, 2024

Aztec Tents, a provider and manufacturer of lightweight fabric structures, tents, canopies, and other durable fabric products, has begun delivery of the first Adena™ frame tents to the North American market. The Adena™, first conceptualized as a prototype tent display at the 2023 ARA Show in Orlando, FL, was built to highlight simple architecture in …

ATA 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 …

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 …

Installation Spotlight

A clear success

June 1, 2024

Having a reception beneath a clear top tent has become the dream of many brides, but a logistical nightmare for more than a few event planners and rental companies.  “Clients love the clear top tents, but they often do not think about how uncomfortable they can be in the hotter months,” says Jennifer Rodriguez, CERP, …

Showcase

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 …

Installation Spotlight

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 …

Projects

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 …

Installation Spotlight

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 …

Projects

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? …

Installation Spotlight

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 …