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The Cutting Room

May 9, 2018

June 12, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$79.00 for Nonmembers The presenters will cover four components used in a cutting room: digitizing, cutting, material handling and ROI. Learn what applications are best suited for full automation and how to implement them and increase your product volumes. Presenters Truy Pham Autometrix Inc. Truy “Tree” …

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Selling Quality Over Price

May 9, 2018

June 20, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$75.00 for Nonmembers Learn about increasing your bottom line and how to encourage your clients to upgrade to better quality materials. Find out how upselling reflects company image, leads to future referrals and produces long-lasting products. Presenter Dave Callahan Granite State Cover & Canvas Inc. After …

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IFAI’S Student Design Competition: Deadline is May 15, 2018

May 4, 2018

Each year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) sponsors a Student Design Competition for students enrolled in a post-secondary college or university program studying textiles, apparel, engineering or design. The annual competition offers students a valuable opportunity to build their portfolios and advance their career opportunities—and first-place winners also receive a $6,000+ Prize Pack with …

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Weighing aesthetics versus performance of event tent fabrics

May 1, 2018

A tent with translucent fabric makes a pretty Instagram photo, but for a tent rental company, the fabric isn’t without its challenges. To get the most out of their investment, tent rental professionals need to understand the qualities and care requirements of the various event tent fabrics on the market. In addition to heat and …

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Experiential marketing and tent design

April 25, 2018

As the corporate industry becomes ever more competitive for attendees’ attention, the winners will be the ones who go beyond traditional event design to deliver a memorable, engaging experience—and one way to do that is through innovative tent design. But just what role is experiential marketing in today’s tent industry? A big one, say the …

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Fair trade: imports, tariffs and the textile industry

April 24, 2018

In August 2017, the President formally instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to determine whether to launch a 301 investigation of “laws, policies, practices, or actions of the Government of China that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.” After deciding …

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IFAI names Schiffman new president and CEO

April 20, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has named Steve Schiffman, the association’s vice president of media and sales, the new president and CEO of IFAI. He will replace Mary Hennessy, who is retiring June 1, 2018, after holding the position for the last six years. Schiffman had a long and successful career in publishing before …

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Serge Ferrari Group acquires Italian manufacturer Plastitex

April 18, 2018

Serge Ferrari Group has acquired Plastitex, an Italian manufacturer of specialty composite materials for indoor and outdoor furniture. Besides its expertise in new product design, Plastitex will provide Serge Ferrari Group with extra capacity and additional manufacturing flexibility. Through Plastitex, Serge Ferrari Americas, based in Pompano Beach, Fla., will now offer a new service of …

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Announcing the winners of the Reader’s Choice Awards

April 1, 2018

InTents magazine is 25 years old! To celebrate, we are awarding excellence and innovation in the event tent industry. In December, we asked InTents readers to vote for the best of the best in 25 categories. What companies, products and services do InTents readers depend on to run their business? Who supplies the best frame …

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Tent Conference 2018 brings industry leaders together

April 1, 2018

Industry leaders gathered in West Mesa, Ariz., in January for education, networking and the annual Tent Rental Division (TRD) meeting at Tent Conference 2018. In the opening educational session, attendees were introduced to new TRD code consultant Paul Armstrong, P.E., C.B.O., and TRD code committee member Ron Anstey, investigator and section chief with the New …

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Announcing the winners of the Reader’s Choice Awards

April 1, 2018

InTents magazine is 25 years old! To celebrate, we are awarding excellence and innovation in the event tent industry. In December, we asked InTents readers to vote for the best of the best in 25 categories. What companies, products and services do InTents readers depend on to run their business? Who supplies the best frame …

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How to use the H-2B program to hire legal temporary guest workers

April 1, 2018

Finding workers during the busy season can prove challenging, leaving U.S. tent and event rental companies short-handed, but there’s a tool at their disposal that can provide just the remedy. For tent and event rental companies, the busy season not only brings the promise of more work, it also ups the need for more workers, …

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Fabulous exterior design draws guests into event tents

April 1, 2018

Inventive exterior decor sets the stage for event attendees before they set foot beneath a tent. When Marquee Event Rentals partnered with Pink Sparrow, a custom fabrication company in Brooklyn, N.Y., to design an “experience” for visitors to an American Express tent at a major music festival, the company knew it needed to design the …

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Unconventional tents offer exceptional features

March 14, 2018

Tents that are less common in conventional inventories can help rental businesses open up new markets. A unique product won’t be right for every tent rental business, but for companies interested in exploring potential opportunities, an unusual tent may be just the thing their customers didn’t know they needed. Losberger De Boer, an international manufacturer …

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Arena Americas scores with America’s Cup

February 21, 2018

The 35th Louis Vitton America’s Cup World Series provided the perfect venue for Arena Americas to demonstrate its creativity with an ambitious installation. Every spectacular event comes with certain challenges, and the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Chicago, Ill., was no different. Held in fresh water for the first time in its …

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Tent renters weigh the anchorage options

December 1, 2017

When choosing a proper anchoring method for any given site, tent renters must balance the pros and cons of staking vs. ballasting. First, the good news: demand for event tents has significantly grown, says Steve Belliveau, sales manager, Eastern Region, for tent manufacturer Anchor Industries Inc. of Evansville, Ind. The downside? Demand has put greater …

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Macon Tent Rentals orchestrates a five-site tented party

December 1, 2017

Macon Tent Rentals orchestrates tent installation for an employee appreciation event at five different locations, even as Hurricane Irma threatens the party. The annual employee appreciation picnic hosted by Navicent Health, Georgia’s second largest hospital, has a unique goal: provide the employees at five campus locations with a similar entertainment and dining experience, more or …

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Understanding the many features and differences in event tent fabric

October 1, 2017

The difference between coated versus laminated PVC and features such as durability, weight, strength, cleanability and the end product all factor into making the best investment. A tent without fabric wouldn’t be a tent. And yet, according to fabric manufacturers, there’s a widespread lack of knowledge about this fundamental component of the tent rental business. …

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Specialty tents open new markets

October 1, 2017

Want to stand out from the crowd? Specialty tents can open up new opportunities. It makes sense for tent rental companies to build their inventory around traditional products, such as pole and frame tents. These tents are popular and versatile, making them reliable performers. Even so, it may be worthwhile to explore potential markets with …

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Keeping tent fabric clean

October 1, 2017

By hand or machine, tent cleaning requires a solid logistical plan to keep tents spotless for every event. A tent at a job site can encounter many foes that make it dirty: rain, mud, bird droppings, tree sap, wet leaves and even graffiti. To keep inventories pristine and ready for the next event, successful rental …

Industry News

The Cutting Room

May 9, 2018

June 12, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$79.00 for Nonmembers The presenters will cover four components used in a cutting room: digitizing, cutting, material handling and ROI. Learn what applications are best suited for full automation and how to implement them and increase your product volumes. Presenters Truy Pham Autometrix Inc. Truy “Tree” …

Industry News

Selling Quality Over Price

May 9, 2018

June 20, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$75.00 for Nonmembers Learn about increasing your bottom line and how to encourage your clients to upgrade to better quality materials. Find out how upselling reflects company image, leads to future referrals and produces long-lasting products. Presenter Dave Callahan Granite State Cover & Canvas Inc. After …

Industry News

IFAI’S Student Design Competition: Deadline is May 15, 2018

May 4, 2018

Each year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) sponsors a Student Design Competition for students enrolled in a post-secondary college or university program studying textiles, apparel, engineering or design. The annual competition offers students a valuable opportunity to build their portfolios and advance their career opportunities—and first-place winners also receive a $6,000+ Prize Pack with …

Industry News

Experiential marketing and tent design

April 25, 2018

As the corporate industry becomes ever more competitive for attendees’ attention, the winners will be the ones who go beyond traditional event design to deliver a memorable, engaging experience—and one way to do that is through innovative tent design. But just what role is experiential marketing in today’s tent industry? A big one, say the …

Industry News

Fair trade: imports, tariffs and the textile industry

April 24, 2018

In August 2017, the President formally instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to determine whether to launch a 301 investigation of “laws, policies, practices, or actions of the Government of China that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.” After deciding …

Industry News

IFAI names Schiffman new president and CEO

April 20, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has named Steve Schiffman, the association’s vice president of media and sales, the new president and CEO of IFAI. He will replace Mary Hennessy, who is retiring June 1, 2018, after holding the position for the last six years. Schiffman had a long and successful career in publishing before …

Industry News

Serge Ferrari Group acquires Italian manufacturer Plastitex

April 18, 2018

Serge Ferrari Group has acquired Plastitex, an Italian manufacturer of specialty composite materials for indoor and outdoor furniture. Besides its expertise in new product design, Plastitex will provide Serge Ferrari Group with extra capacity and additional manufacturing flexibility. Through Plastitex, Serge Ferrari Americas, based in Pompano Beach, Fla., will now offer a new service of …

News

Tent Conference 2018 brings industry leaders together

April 1, 2018

Industry leaders gathered in West Mesa, Ariz., in January for education, networking and the annual Tent Rental Division (TRD) meeting at Tent Conference 2018. In the opening educational session, attendees were introduced to new TRD code consultant Paul Armstrong, P.E., C.B.O., and TRD code committee member Ron Anstey, investigator and section chief with the New …

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IFAI 2018 State of the Industry report highlights trends in the tent rental industry

April 1, 2018

The U.S./Canadian tent rental market grew in the mid-single digit figure range in 2017 and is projected to be similar in 2018. Notable trends in the tent rental market in 2017 include: Better weather in the spring and summer of 2017 contributed to an increase in the number of events held in 2017. Increased demand …

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Sleek tents make a statement at Toronto Fashion Week

April 1, 2018

Sleek tenting by Regal Tent Productions makes a statement at Toronto Fashion Week events. Fashion, art, music, culture—and tenting. What would the iconic bi-annual festival Toronto Fashion Week® be without elegant tenting to set the stage for the celebration? Stoney Creek, Ontario-based Regal Tent Productions manufactured and installed tenting for Toronto Fashion Week Fall 2017, …

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 …

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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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Code revisions underway

June 1, 2016

Triggers for site-specific engineering top the tent-related proposals taken up at the ICC’s Committee Action Hearing. With debate and voting at the April Committee Action Hearing (CAH), the International Code Council (ICC) took its first step in revising codes as part of the Group B I-Code Development Cycle for the 2018 Model Code. A proposal …

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

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

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

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 …

Event Production

Disaster relief and weddings on the beach

October 1, 2016

From disaster relief to weddings on the beach, Beachview Event Rentals & Design brings the right stuff. Georgia’s Atlantic seaboard, with its tidal rivers, salt marshes and miles of beaches, attracts tourists and locals alike with a sense of the ancient and the hypnotic lull of the natural world. And for two brothers who grew …