Tent collapse leads to questions

April 30, 2012

The tent collapse that resulted in one death and dozen injured on Saturday in St. Louis, Mo., is leading to scrutiny of that city’s regulations of event tent installations. The tent had been granted a permit and was inspected prior to Saturday. The city of St. Louis requires tents to be wind rated to 90 …

IFAI seeks board candidates

April 11, 2012

The annual “Call for IFAI board candidates” from the Industrial Fabrics Association International was sent to the association’s voting membership on Monday, April 9. Applications are due May 28, 2012. In June, the IFAI board’s Leadership Development Committee meets to consider the qualifications of the candidates. In July, the association’s membership is notified of committee’s …

Jeff Black to lead Classic Party Rentals

April 3, 2012

Classic Party Rentals, Torrance, Calif., has appointed Jeff Black as president and CEO. Pedro Mata, who led the organization the past two years, is retiring to pursue other opportunities. Black comes to Classic from Aramark Uniform Services, where he worked for the past 17 years in a variety of leadership positions, most recently as vice …

Yellow Jacket fan is a winner

The Big Ass Fan Co.’s Yellow Jacket® has been named a “Gold Winner” of the 2011 Product of the Year Awards from Plant Engineering. Yellow Jacket was selected for the honor out of more than 100 finalists in 14 categories. Introduced by Big Ass Fans in March 2011, the Yellow Jacket offers vast airflow coverage …

Made-for-TV tent

April 1, 2012

Beachview Event Rentals & Design constructs an ethereal scene for ABC’s “Revenge.” Every event is a kind of production, but Beachview Event Rentals & Design, Brunswick, Ga., found itself on the set of an actual production in April 2011 after submitting the winning proposal for a tent that would be part of a key scene …

In memoriam of Richard Browne

Richard “Dick” Browne passed away Feb. 7 at his home in Longwood, Fla. Browne owned Kirby Rental Service & Sales of Orlando, Fla., from 1962 to 2008 and was a member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) since the early 1970s. Under Browne’s guidance, Kirby Rental was awarded multiple IAA Outstanding Achievement awards. His …

Special Event Sales distributes Cosco Clear Span Tents

Special Event Sales, a division of Special Event Rentals of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has signed an exclusive agency agreement with COSCO (JM) Aluminum Development Co. Ltd. to be the sole distributor of Cosco Clear Span Tents in Canada and the United States. “This agreement will bring top quality structure tents to the North American market …

LaPierre joins B.C. Tent & Awning

B.C. Tent & Awning Co. Inc., Avon, Mass., has hired Gene LaPierre as director of special projects. LaPierre is the former owner of Taylor Rental Center of Holyoke, Mass. He will continue to serve as the executive director of the American Rental Association of Massachusetts (ARAM) and in a similar role for the American Rental …

ACW purchased continuous dye-range finishing system for webbing

ACW, Woonsocket, R.I., a manufacturer of high performance plastic and metal fasteners, hook and loop, as well as elastic and non-elastic narrow textile webbing and cord products, announces the purchase of a continuous dye-range finishing system for treating webbing products. The major equipment upgrade provides increased production capacity while providing military and commercial textile webbing …

Grupo Serna launches new website

Mexico-based Grupo Serna launched a new website.