Uninvited “guest”: hurricane crashes the party

June 1, 2012

Last-minute adjustments save backyard wedding as hurricane approaches. Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding day. And every tent rental company needs to be prepared for the exact opposite. This was the situation Tents for Rent LLC of Ephrata, Pa., faced in August 2011, when forecasts predicted that Hurricane Irene would hit during a client’s …

metroConnections announces hires and promotions

Award-winning conference, event, production and transportation services firm metroConnections Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., announces several new hires and promotions: Eric Bryson has joined the firm as event services artist and fabricator. Taylor Martinson has been hired as production services coordinator. Alissa Bemis has been hired as tours and marketing coordinator Mary Beth Blom has joined the …

ACASPA is now Specialised Textiles Association

The Australian Canvas and Synthetic Products Association (ACASPA) is now named the Specialised Textiles Association . Association manager Ana Drougas can be contacted at ana@specialisedtextiles.com.au, and the association’s website is at www.specialisedtextiles.com.au. Address and telephone numbers remain the same.

Classic Party Rentals hires Michelle Henebry Finnigan

Classic Party Rentals has hired Michelle Henebry Finnigan as general manager at the company’s Chicago, Ill., location. Henebry Finnigan is a Chicago native who has worked in sales and marketing in a variety of corporations including True Value Co., Valspar Corp., The Scotts Co. and Rust-Oleum. Her most recent position was director of rental and …

Terry Turner receives Pinnacle Award

Terry Turner, president of Knoxville, Tenn.-based All Occasions Party Rentals, was one of nine business leaders honored at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Pinnacle Awards in May. The Small Business Excellence Award, which recognizes businesses with 50 or fewer employees, was given to All Occasions Party Rentals. In March, All Occasions Party Rentals launched …

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics purchases machines from Mascoe Systems

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, a Greenville, S.C.-based producer of specialty coatings and coated fabrics, announces the purchase of two coating machines from Mascoe Systems Corp., the largest manufacturer of coating machines in the U.S. As many as six different coating methods are built into the coating machines. The coaters are built with high-tolerance machining practices and …

Orion Software establishes Australian subsidiary

Rental software provider Orion Software Inc. of Montreal, Quebec, Canada has established an Australian subsidiary based in Melbourne, Victoria. Shaun Loubser, who previously held the position of director of customer support at the Montreal office, was named managing director of the Australian subsidiary.“Our goal is to provide our current and future customer base in the …

Verseidag Seemee US has promoted Eric Tischer to president

Verseidag Seemee US has promoted Eric Tischer to president. Tischer will be responsible for handling all day-to-day business of VSUS’s North and South American markets. He previously served as vice president and director of textiles. Tischer replaces Garland Drew, who will remain with Verseidag Indutex as a consultant and handle specialized worldwide functions.

Historic coverage: Parliamentary VIPs protected from the damp

When Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrived for the State Opening of Parliament on May 9, she could put her mind at ease that the assembled VIPs waiting to gain entry for this historic occasion would be sheltered from the unseasonably wet weather under a custom entrance canopy manufactured by Custom Covers at its Southampton base. …

Solar ambition: tents powered by the sun

The evolution of a mobile solar-powered structure. Scott Gibson of New Sun Productions is the first to admit that new technology can be like venturing into a rabbit hole. The system designer based in Highland, N.Y., has spent more than seven years down one of those rabbit holes, developing a mobile structure that supports solar-powered …