Company News

Event rental store operators recognized for superior financial performance

August 4, 2021

Peer Executive Groups (PEG) has announced the winners of the 2021 Top Gun achievements. The award is presented to event rental store operators who receive the PEG Pinnacle Award for Financial Excellence and is only given to the top 25 percent of stores. Award criteria is based on two ranked financial indicators that are calculated …

Company News

Heytex announces acquisition of TenCate Outdoor Fabrics

August 4, 2021

Heytex and Royal Ten Cate are announcing the acquisition of TenCate Outdoor Fabrics by Heytex Bramsche located in Osnabruck, Germany. By combining the technological capabilities and market presence in technical textiles, Heytex will broaden its footprint in the market and TenCate Outdoor Fabrics will be enabled to accelerate its growth potential. TenCate Outdoor Fabrics is …

Company News

Glen Raven selects Warren County, N.C., for major expansion

August 2, 2021

Glen Raven Inc., a provider of innovative performance textiles, will create 205 new jobs as it expands its Custom Fabrics operations in Warren County, N.C. Once the projects’ new jobs are in place, the local region will see a more than $6.5 million payroll impact in the community every year. A performance-based grant of $1,000,000 …

Editorial

A new tool for your toolbox

August 1, 2021

IFAI’s new online platform is designed to keep you informed. Are you actively on the lookout for more opportunities to network with industry peers? Do youexperience frustrations when searching the internet for sound business advice and practical solutions to work-related challenges? Are you interested in sharing your business and industry ideas and thoughts with fellow …

News

TRD now accepting nominations for Wodetzki Award

August 1, 2021

IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) is now accepting candidate nominations for the Bruce W. Wodetzki Award, the tent rental industry’s most prestigious honor. The award is named for the founding member and first chairman of IFAI’s Tent Rental Division, Bruce W. Wodetzki, and recognizes professionals who continue his legacy of impacting the growth, direction and …

Feature

Just like new: keeping rental fabrics clean

August 1, 2021

Keeping rental fabrics clean is a top priority for event companies. by Jeff Moravec Chuck Shipp, owner of Shipp Cleaning Systems and Clean a Tent, based in Conyers, Ga., knows a thing or two about how to effectively clean tents, linens and other event fabrics, but he says that knowledge came the hard way: “I’ve …

Feature

Table talk

August 1, 2021

With events and celebrations back on the calendar, new trends and demands in tables and seating have emerged.  by Maura Keller Event planners are, once again, beginning to plan. Bridal couples are evaluating tables and seating options that will “wow” attendees, and corporations are busy envisioning what their next outdoor soirees will look like. As …

Tips and Techniques

Long-term rental solutions

August 1, 2021

Strategies to implement when working with clients.   by Zachary Wilson Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many tent rental companies have experienced an increase in demand for long-term rentals. While the process of navigating the ins and outs of long-term rentals with clients can be challenging, it can also be rewarding. The following identifies a few …

Installation Spotlight

A dino-mite installation

August 1, 2021

Sandone Productions Inc. helps to create an immersive experience for Jurassic World fans. Sandone Productions Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based full-service event company that specializes in tents and awnings, was recently contacted by a client about a project of brachiosaurus-sized proportions—literally. NBC/Universal Studios needed a structure for Jurassic World: The Exhibition, an eight-month interactive exhibit located …

News

2021 State of the Industry report

August 1, 2021

The 2021 State of the Industry report by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is designed to bring into focus a comprehensive understanding of who IFAI member and non-member companies are and the markets they serve. The report dives into four areas: industry composition, products produced and markets served, manufacturing practices and trends, and future outlooks. …

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, …

Expo News

Rodgers: Textiles are the “T” in STEM

November 11, 2020

How do you create a channel from research to application? How do you create a pathway toward understanding complex human problems across supply chains and market sectors? STEM—a curriculum based on teaching science, technology, engineering and math—has branched out from basic chemistry and biology and physics classes, into collaborative efforts, including textiles, according to Stephanie …

Expo News

Partnerships in smart textile products

November 11, 2020

The second week of IFAI’s Virtual Expo 2020 advanced textiles educational sessions began with a presentation that illustrated the importance of collaboration. “Smart textiles for healthcare and wellbeing: a collaborative approach” had three presenters speaking from different perspectives, but with one, unified message about reaching across geographical distance and areas of expertise to create successful …

Expo News

Welding technology for your business

November 11, 2020

During IFAI Virtual Expo 2020, Jeff Sponseller, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Miller Weldmaster, led a campfire session titled “How to Select the Correct Welding Technology for Your Business.” “Essentially a good weld means that the fabric will tear before the weld does,” says Sponseller. Many types of different materials can be …

Expo News

Guidance offered in commercial insurance market

November 10, 2020

Wildfires, hurricanes, a pandemic and civil unrest have wreaked plenty of chaos on the commercial insurance market in 2020. Steve Christenson, with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, offered guidance to business owners Nov. 9 at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020. “The business insurance market has been going through several changes this year,” says Christenson, with U.S. …

Feature

Stake it to the limit

August 1, 2021

Demanding tent installations call for unique anchoring solutions. by Pamela Mills-Senn When it comes to tent installs and the anchoring required to keep everything safely in place, every project should be approached with respect since even the most seemingly straightforward can turn unexpectedly vexing. But the need for exact planning, preparation and execution becomes even …

Feature

Table talk

August 1, 2021

With events and celebrations back on the calendar, new trends and demands in tables and seating have emerged.  by Maura Keller Event planners are, once again, beginning to plan. Bridal couples are evaluating tables and seating options that will “wow” attendees, and corporations are busy envisioning what their next outdoor soirees will look like. As …

Feature

Just like new: keeping rental fabrics clean

August 1, 2021

Keeping rental fabrics clean is a top priority for event companies. by Jeff Moravec Chuck Shipp, owner of Shipp Cleaning Systems and Clean a Tent, based in Conyers, Ga., knows a thing or two about how to effectively clean tents, linens and other event fabrics, but he says that knowledge came the hard way: “I’ve …

Company News

Last call for submissions: InTents Premier Product Showcase

July 27, 2021

Get your products in front of thousands of customers in the October/November 2021 issue of InTents magazine, for FREE! The deadline to submit is July 30, 2021. Showcase your company’s most valued products and get maximum exposure during a time when many organizations are making their purchasing decisions for the upcoming season. Your company should be included …

Feature Members only content

The return of “I do”

June 1, 2021

As the country begins to reopen, weddings are back on the schedule. by Pamela Mills-Senn Although the guest counts are smaller compared to pre-pandemic times, the tent and event rental industry and event planners are seeing reasons to celebrate. As the misery of 2020 begins receding in the rearview mirror, tent and event rental companies …

Feature Members only content

Beat the heat

June 1, 2021

As summer temperatures rise, a climate-controlled tented environment will keep the party cool. by Jeff Moravec It’s easy to understand why the use of air conditioning has been increasingly common for weddings and other tented events.  “Most people have been to that wedding without air conditioning where it was so hot you don’t remember anything …

Feature Members only content

In-demand wedding decor

June 1, 2021

As more consumers turn to tents for outdoor soirees, the decor elements that enhance tent structures are getting special attention. by Maura Keller Gone are the days when consumers simply installed a plain white tent for a wedding or event, set up drab tables and chairs with little thought about the overall tent experience. Today’s …

Feature Members only content

Software solutions

April 1, 2021

As choices grow and features multiply, tent companies have more software options than ever. by Jeff Moravec Information is power” when it comes to running the daily operations of an event rentals business, says Jennifer Rodriguez, general manager of Marianne’s Rentals in Oklahoma City, Okla.  However, as Rodriguez clarifies, that’s only true if a company …

Feature Members only content

Women, tents and leadership

April 1, 2021

Five women leading different segments of the industry weigh in on what inspires them and how to forge a successful career in the tent and event industry. by Sigrid Tornquist Women have always played a vital part in the tent industry. They were part of family shops manufacturing and selling tents. They were sewers. They …

Feature Members only content

To the rescue: tenting for disasters

April 1, 2021

When disasters strike, tent and event rental companies are ready to help.  by Pamela Mills-Senn In mid-October 2019, as wildfires raged along the West Coast, it seemed to Donny Vasquez, co-owner of Made in the Shade Tent Rentals Inc., as if all of California was aflame. Located in West Sacramento, hours from the areas hardest …

Company News

Event rental store operators recognized for superior financial performance

August 4, 2021

Peer Executive Groups (PEG) has announced the winners of the 2021 Top Gun achievements. The award is presented to event rental store operators who receive the PEG Pinnacle Award for Financial Excellence and is only given to the top 25 percent of stores. Award criteria is based on two ranked financial indicators that are calculated …

Company News

Heytex announces acquisition of TenCate Outdoor Fabrics

August 4, 2021

Heytex and Royal Ten Cate are announcing the acquisition of TenCate Outdoor Fabrics by Heytex Bramsche located in Osnabruck, Germany. By combining the technological capabilities and market presence in technical textiles, Heytex will broaden its footprint in the market and TenCate Outdoor Fabrics will be enabled to accelerate its growth potential. TenCate Outdoor Fabrics is …

Company News

Glen Raven selects Warren County, N.C., for major expansion

August 2, 2021

Glen Raven Inc., a provider of innovative performance textiles, will create 205 new jobs as it expands its Custom Fabrics operations in Warren County, N.C. Once the projects’ new jobs are in place, the local region will see a more than $6.5 million payroll impact in the community every year. A performance-based grant of $1,000,000 …

Installation Spotlight

A dino-mite installation

August 1, 2021

Sandone Productions Inc. helps to create an immersive experience for Jurassic World fans. Sandone Productions Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based full-service event company that specializes in tents and awnings, was recently contacted by a client about a project of brachiosaurus-sized proportions—literally. NBC/Universal Studios needed a structure for Jurassic World: The Exhibition, an eight-month interactive exhibit located …

Profile

Rebuilding with intention

August 1, 2021

After a year of challenges, Peak Event Services steps into the future steeped in gratitude. by Cathy Broberg When describing a business in mid-2021, a stark line separates life before and after the pandemic. Looking back is the easy part. Headquartered near Boston, Mass., Peak Event Services was incorporated in 1952 as Peterson Party Rental. …

News

2021 State of the Industry report

August 1, 2021

The 2021 State of the Industry report by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is designed to bring into focus a comprehensive understanding of who IFAI member and non-member companies are and the markets they serve. The report dives into four areas: industry composition, products produced and markets served, manufacturing practices and trends, and future outlooks. …

News

TRD now accepting nominations for Wodetzki Award

August 1, 2021

IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) is now accepting candidate nominations for the Bruce W. Wodetzki Award, the tent rental industry’s most prestigious honor. The award is named for the founding member and first chairman of IFAI’s Tent Rental Division, Bruce W. Wodetzki, and recognizes professionals who continue his legacy of impacting the growth, direction and …

Showcase

Safely packing in the people

August 1, 2021

The Twin Cities Auto Show draws more attendees than ever to a new outdoor tented venue. by Sigrid Tornquist Perhaps an auto show is the perfect event to bring a shimmer of hope and usher COVID-weary people back into the practice of safely celebrating at large gatherings. And maybe it’s an idea whose time has …

Company News

Alert Rental named top 100 woman-owned companies

July 29, 2021

Alert Rental (Interactive Management Systems Corp.) has been ranked in ColoradoBiz magazine’s Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies 2021. ColoradoBiz celebrates the achievements of Colorado’s most successful female entrepreneurs, and Alert Rental has been listed for three consecutive years. Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., Alert Rental is 100 percent woman owned. Co-presidents Mary Crosslin and Kara Longmire …

Company News

Last call for submissions: InTents Premier Product Showcase

July 27, 2021

Get your products in front of thousands of customers in the October/November 2021 issue of InTents magazine, for FREE! The deadline to submit is July 30, 2021. Showcase your company’s most valued products and get maximum exposure during a time when many organizations are making their purchasing decisions for the upcoming season. Your company should be included …

COVID-19

Recommendation for cleaning COVID-19 related tents

April 23, 2020

Brought to you by the Tent Rental Division The COVID-19 pandemic has created concerns with how to successfully disinfect and sterilize tent fabrics, framework, fittings, webs, ratchets, poles and anchoring devices including ballasts—basically any item or piece of equipment that may be on the job site. The Tent Rental Division (TRD) of Industrial Fabrics Association International …

Safety & Codes

Opioids and your workplace

December 1, 2019

A new toolkit from the National Safety Council aims to help employers and employees understand how opioid use affects the workplace—and what to do about it.   For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash. The numbers don’t …

Industry News

Working safely in hot weather

July 18, 2019

A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alert offers information and resources to protect workers from heat-related illness when performing activities in high temperatures and humid conditions. Symptoms of heat-related illness include fainting, dizziness, nausea and muscle spasms. Keep workers safe by following these simple safety practices: Provide water, frequent rest breaks and shade. …

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 …

Projects

Fire-retardant clear vinyl

June 1, 2019

The Visilite™ collection of four clear vinyl options includes Visilite FR, a clear vinyl that passes the NFPA-701 Test Method 2 for fire resistance. The collection also includes double polished, extruded and interleaf styles. The vinyl offers lasting visual clarity and durability for a variety of outdoor applications including tents, patio and marine enclosures, car …

Feature

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 …