L.B. White and related companies under new ownership

December 22, 2010

L.B. White Company Inc., Onalaska, Wis., has been acquired by Jeff Diermeier, Rick Diermeier and Kevin Gagermeier. The company manufacturers and markets direct-fired forced air, radiant and indirect-fired heaters for tents and other environments. The acquisition includes L.B. White, PSI Heating Systems and two sister companies that make up Hospitality International LLC: La Crosse (manufacturer …

A&R Tarpaulins Inc. honored for innovation

December 13, 2010

A&R Tarpaulins Inc., Fontana, Calif., manufacturers of SKP® high strength fabric repair tape, was a finalist for the 2010 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award. The eighth annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards were given in seven categories. Nominations started with 159 companies, and A&R was one of three finalists in the 2010 Innovative Entrepreneur Award …

Pantone names 2011 color of the year

December 10, 2010

Pantone has named 18-2120 honeysuckle the Pantone Color of the Year for 2011. Appropriate for year-round occasions, the vibrant reddish pink hue has an uplifting, energizing effect. The choice reflects an optimistic outlook for 2011, and serves as a contrast to 2010’s choice, turquoise.

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Tents set the scene for culturally themed events

December 1, 2010

Tents play a leading role in culturally inspired parties and themed events. By Meleah Maynard People have been throwing parties in tents for thousands of years, and in some cultures, tents are central to ceremonies and events. So when event planners are asked to create events based on culturally inspired themes, the natural place to …

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Solar tents offer energy saving solutions

Solar applications for tents are on the horizon. By Todd Jensen Solar applications for tents seemed to be science fiction just a few years ago. Now, with public awareness pushing development of alternative energy sources, fabric manufacturers are teaming up with scientists to develop realistic flexible substrates with energy producing capabilities. The solar tent Ascent …

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Tent cleaning essentials

When it comes to tent cleaning, a job worth doing is worth doing well. By Jamie Swedberg If you have a delicate constitution, brace yourself. Paul Krugman, general manager of Clean Awn, a tent and awning cleaning company based in Lakewood, Calif., can tell horror stories of tent cleaning attempts gone wrong. “The worst story …

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Expert advice on snagging large-event clients

Event architect Karen Koppel answers questions about what large-event clients need from your tent rental company. By Karen Koppel As a tent rental company bidding on portions of large events, are you aware of what might make or break the bid for you? Or what will ensure that your company will be sought out for …

Tented holiday parties see revival

Tents fit right in with the comeback trends of holiday parties. Pre-recession style big blowout holiday parties have been an easy budget cut for corporations facing an uncertain future. According to Catersource magazine, caterers nationwide reported that December 2009 showed the biggest year-over-year drop in business of any month since the start of the recession. …

Lightweight disaster relief shelter

Economy Tent International has developed a Disaster Recovery Shelter that delivers a cost-effective, high-quality solution for short or long-term relief shelters. The shelters are engineered to provide housing and work facilities after natural or man-made disasters. The shelter is affordable, lightweight, durable and easy to assemble without the need for special tools. The shelter is …

Portable heat pump with a variety of features

This updated portable heat pump from Atlas Sales & Rentals Inc. delivers 1.8 tons of heating capacity and 1.5 tons of cooling. The SHAC model 1811 portable unit provides supplemental heating for environments with ambient temperatures of more than 45° F. The unit runs on a 115-volt/20-amp circuit and can easily switch over from heating …