Wedding seasons

April 1, 2014

Four tented weddings showcase seasonal decor—and preparation for all kinds of weather. By Holly O’Dell Every bride and groom hopes for perfect weather on their wedding day. But tent rental companies know to be prepared for any scenario in any season—strong winds, precipitation, extreme temperatures—and work to ensure the perfect day regardless of the forecast. …

The truth about toilets

Tips for incorporating portable toilets into tented events. By Jake Kulju When Abraham Maslow published his now-famous A Theory of Human Motivation in which he introduced the world to “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,” he hardly had portable restrooms in mind. Regardless of his intended focus, however, his theory does apply to the success of tented …

Stretch of the imagination

Stretch-style tents offer boundless possibilities and new opportunities for events. By Janice Kleinschmidt Flexible, artistic, attractive, good communicator. Graydon Ilderton is looking for a long-term—and long-distance—relationship with anyone looking for the above qualities. “We have no doubt that the U.S.A. will fall in love with stretch tents, as has the rest of the world,” says …

Tent safety in severe weather

Storm safety and evacuation planning is a matter of common sense, planning, preparation and communication. By Ken Keberle Weather is a way of life in the tent rental and event industry. We are the “rain or shine” people. Tent and structure professionals deliver a finished product when most other people have decided it’s too hot, …

Installation under pressure

High-tech conference attendees network and socialize under a high-tech inflatable structure. When global cloud computing company Salesforce.com needed to turn a block of San Francisco into a covered plaza for the 120,000 attendees of its annual Dreamforce event, it opted for a large inflatable structure by U.K. manufacturer Tectoniks Ltd.—an unusual solution in North America. …

Easier floor installation

New from Made in America LLC—Intriguing Solutions tools to make installing stages and flooring easier. The collection of tools includes Event Key, which is compatible with laser readers and is available with five different tips; Pull Tool, which is used to drag, slide or pull flooring systems into position for installation and removal; and Dance …

Clear views

Made from patented Air Tension System (ATS) from Serge Ferrari and other materials, Anchor Inc.’s RigidAir™ Mids are a rigid, quiet and air-tight solution for clearspan tents that look like glass. The product helps “seal” tents, remains quiet even in high winds and requires less than five pounds of pressure in the double membrane bladder. …

Move over, aluminum

New from AAble Rents Co. are engineered wood center poles that meet manufacturer’s engineering guidelines for Tidewater™ sailcloth tents. The natural wood poles can be stained and seal-coated to provide unique colors, and can be designed and built to meet engineering specifications from any manufacturer. The base plate and welded pin top features ensure longevity …

Sun screen

SunShade™ Hard Hat Accessory attaches to a hard hat to help protect the ears and neck from the sun and heat. Its contrasting color band and reflective striping enhance worker visibility and its flexible elastic strap allows the accessory to fit most hats and caps. The product is made of breathable, high-visibility polyester mesh fabric. …

Industry outlook

New products, improved structures and full-service solutions will help renters distinguish their business. The tent rental industry is a fragmented, competitive market with thousands of companies competing for events to rent tents and tent-related equipment. The U.S. tent end product market (EPM) increased about 2 percent in 2012, up from 1 percent growth in 2011. …