Specialized event rental tool provider Tent OX, Enola, Pa., and articulated loader manufacturer Avant Tecno, Ylöjärvi, Finland, have established a formal partnership, after five years of informal cooperation.
“The big benefit of the partnership for tent and event businesses will be the increased access to Avant machines that are tailor-made at the factory to tent industry specifications, says Jukka Kytömäki, president of Avant Tecno’s North American operation. “You will be able to get them quicker than before. Also, Avant and Tent OX will join forces to increase marketing and education. This isn’t just important for sales; it’s important for buyers to receive the right information to use the machine correctly and to its full ability.”
The formal agreement between Avant and Tent OX precedes Avant’s introduction of the 800 series machine, its largest to date.
“This is a very exciting advancement for tent and event businesses,” Kytömäki says. “We just got the production schedule and expect to have machines arriving as early as October. It has the power of a 10,000-pound machine, but it weighs far less. What’s incredible is that this machine offers the same agility and versatility—and ability to glide over turf without damaging it—as the rest of the Avant models.”
Avant Tecno opened its U.S. sales office in Chicago, Ill., in 2012, a year before Tent OX founder Scott Woodruff began searching for machinery on which he could build out a line of attachments he was developing for the event rental sector. Since then, Avant Tecno has sold more than 200 machines to the tent rental industry. The loaders feature articulated steering, turf tires and 360-degree visibility for the operator. Tent OX attachments mechanize time-consuming tent installation tasks, cutting installation times by hours.
“I had heard buzz about Tent OX prior to joining Avant Tecno USA, but had no idea of the magnitude of the market it served until I came to the United States,” Kytömäki says. “I was so surprised by the size and sophistication of the industry, and how quickly Tent OX has made a name for itself here. What’s even more impressive is the potential for rapid growth. I think Avant and Tent OX have only begun to scratch the surface.”
Avant loaders are used by numerous industries, including landscaping, tree care, property maintenance, snow removal and construction. Since 1991, Avant Tecno has manufactured more than 65,000 loaders at its plant in Ylöjärvi, Finland, and is now producing more than 5,000 loaders a year. The machines offer features that focus on efficiency, ease of use, safety, versatility and ergonomics.
“I can’t overemphasize my excitement to be working so closely with Tent OX,” Kytömäki says. “Their team is incredibly hard working and shares the same values as Avant. I think our combined innovation and dedication to quality is going to yield even more advancements in tools and technology down the road.”