Southeastern U.S. tent rental companies cope with economic downturn

December 1, 2009

Hurricane season 2009 may have been relatively mild, but tent rental companies in the southeastern United States are dealing with a different kind of storm: the steep economic downturn. Michael Tharpe, sales and marketing director at TopTec Products LLC, Laurens, S.C., says that companies are holding onto their inventory longer, making repairs instead of replacing …

Custom Covers celebrates silver anniversary

At this year’s Showman’s Show at the Newbury Show Ground in the U.K, Custom Covers, the UK’s largest marquee manufacturer, celebrated its 25th birthday by throwing a party for its customers. At the show, the company also launched its 9m Tri Cone, a triangular tensile roof cone to complete the family of 6m, 9m and …

Tents for Cowboys Stadium

Dallas Party Tent and Event, Irving, Texas, has been named the official tent provider of the new $1.2-billion home of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys Stadium is projected to host more than 50 major events per year for which Dallas Party Tent and Event will install tents used for concessions, merchandise and storage on the …

Moss Inc. moves to new facility

Moss Inc. has moved its corporate headquarters from Lincolnwood, Ill., to an expanded office in Elk Grove Village, a suburb west of downtown Chicago and adjacent to O’Hare International Airport. The new facility, featuring 105,000 square feet of manufacturing space, was specifically designed for the production of tensioned fabric structures, using lean manufacturing techniques for …

International rental exchange participants return home

While their travels were different, both participants in the latest international rental exchanges had similar revelations: each learned the differences in rental business practices between the U.S. and Australia, plus gained valuable lessons they can apply once back to their respective jobs. Todd Daymont, manager of American Party Rentals in Durham, N.C., is back at …

Chase to increase small-business loans

Chase, the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., announced plans to increase its lending to small businesses by up to $4 billion in 2010, boosting expected new lending to about $10 billion to this vital segment of the U.S. economy. This will provide businesses with increased access to working capital, …

NCTO urges Congress to expand export financing assistance

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is urging Congress to expand its export financing assistance to include both small and medium-sized manufacturers. Under a current program, the Small Business Administration (SBA) grants loans to small businesses with up to 500 employees. NCTO is urging Congress to authorize SBA to offer loans of $5 million, …

Immersive media screen provides surround perspective

Geodesic projection cupola extends the possibilities of 360° screenings. ZENDOME the Berlin manufacturer of geodesic event architecture, has developed a mobile alternative to conventional projection screens: the immersive media screen. The screen provides a new surround perspective for use by event planners who want to communicate complex contents, present products or simply entertain. The unique …