Bigger, better, different

October 1, 2014

Heeding the call for unique event experiences, manufacturers of tents and fabric structures offer tent rental companies plenty of options to satisfy customers. By Pamela Mills-Senn It’s a request event planners and tent rental companies hear a lot. Although it’s always been preferable for tents to make a good first impression, their primary job was …

Step it up

Upsell accessories to boost profit and take events from good to glam. By Amir Hussain When the economy gains strength, celebrations gain momentum. Tent and event rental companies are once again finding that clients are able to spend more money to upgrade their events—but some add-ons move more easily than others. From more sophisticated lighting …

Open for business

Launching a new tent rental business? Use these strategies to ensure that your initial investment positions your company for growth. By Sarah Lapping After nearly 10 years working in the tent manufacturing industry, one of the most rewarding benefits for me has been helping get new tent rental businesses off the ground. I’ve assisted companies …

Year after year

Olympic Tent’s president Scott Sutherland and vice president Darrel Brown weigh in on how to get and manage multiyear event contracts. By Scott Sutherland and Darrel Brown Relationships take work but, with a little thoughtful effort, can reap great rewards. And what is a multiyear contract but a professional relationship between businesses? From building your …

Dome on the move

HTS/Höcker Clearspan Structures designs a 50-meter dome for a mobile anniversary celebration. When a company celebrating its 150th year in business desired a custom, relocatable temporary structure to host anniversary events in 2013-2014, the client approached HTS/Höcker Clearspan Structures, Kefenrod, Germany, to design, manufacturer and install a fabric structure that met unique requirements. The result …

Portable wheelchair lift

Event venues seek to attract top-drawer events, and accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must be met to allow those who have mobility challenges to navigate stages, platforms, risers and other elevation changes. The Ascension® wheelchair lift lowers vertically like a permanent lift but can be moved as needed to multiple locations, …

Bistro-style lighting

Create a trendy atmosphere with lighting from Tentwares Inc. Swag cafe (bistro) lights across tents or outdoor spaces create a relaxed yet elegant effect. The medium-based sockets are spaced 24 inches apart. The 54-foot-long strand has 24 sockets mounted on the wire and is available with white or black wire. The 106-foot-long strand has 50 …

Flood app

The American Red Cross has a flood app to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods. The free app gives iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ smartphone users instant access to local and real-time information in both English and Spanish. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings. …

Lightweight light tower

New from Larson Electronics LLC is a self-contained portable light tower package that offers high power and extreme portability in a compact and durable design. The WAL-LEDLT-FL2X9W LED light tower produces 1368 lumens to cover an area 70 feet long and 65 feet wide, and can run for up to 16 hours on a single …

Mobile app for tent rental

Marquee Tents develops app that keeps clients up-to-date. There’s an app for everything these days, and tent rental is no exception. Marquee Tents of Austin, Texas, released an app in August for professional event planners that features all of the company’s tent styles plus decorating, lighting and climate control options. “Some of the key functions …