John Campanelli smiles as he faces retirement

Event rental industry leader retires

January 28th, 2022

After 18 years in the event rental industry, John Campanelli, CEO, InProduction, Chicago, and former leader of California-based Classic Party Rentals, has decided it is time to retire. Industry leader John Campanelli is retiring. Campanelli’s last day at InProduction was Jan. 1, 2022. Jason Tedrow, InProduction’s president and chief operating officer, has now assumed the CEO […]

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ARA cancels Rental Innovation Conference & Exhibits

January 26th, 2022

The American Rental Association (ARA) is canceling its Rental Innovation Conference & Exhibits, which had been scheduled for March 9 and 10, 2022, in Grapevine, Texas. The decision was made due to several factors. One was the continued spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Both transmission and positivity rates in Dallas County, […]

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Tent industry back together at IFAI Tent Expo

January 24th, 2022

George Smith (left) and Jim Reyen received the 2022 Wodetzki Award. Hundreds of tent and rental professionals gathered in Daytona Beach, Fla., in January for the IFAI Tent Expo. Members of the Tent Rental Division and other industry professionals took the opportunity to meet in person for the first time in two years, driving near-record […]

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ARA Foundation to award $128,500 in scholarships

January 20th, 2022

Each year, the American Rental Association (ARA) Foundation awards numerous scholarships in effort to attract talent to the equipment and event rental industry. For the 2022-2023 academic year, $128,500 will be available to students seeking higher education through trade schools, universities and community colleges. In total, 66 individual scholarships are available with amounts ranging from […]

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Tent Expo this week in Daytona Beach

January 18th, 2022

Tent Expo 2022 kicks off today in Daytona Beach as the tent rental gathers to celebrate the industry in-person. Tent Expo is the biggest show of its kind in North America for the tent rental and supply industry. Every two years, hundreds of CEOs, colleagues, installer and suppliers come together to network, learn, stretch their […]

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Latest episode of Talking Textiles features Sollertia’s Claude Le Bel

January 17th, 2022

The latest episode of IFAI's Talking Textiles podcast is now available. From the circus biz to the fabric biz, learn how Canadian architectural textile firm Sollertia built its business. Sollertia has taken on and completed some of the most ambitious fabric structure projects in the country.  In this episode, "If You Build It, They Will Come," […]

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Ask Me Anything with IFAI chair Amy Bircher January 31

January 13th, 2022

The Industrial Fabrics Association International will be hosting an "Ask Me Anything" with new IFAI board chair Amy Bircher. The event will take place from 2 to 3pm EST, Monday, January 31, in CONNECT by IFAI's Open Forum. Bircher will be answering member questions about the future of IFAI and challenges currently facing the industry. […]

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ARA hosting first Rental Innovation conference

January 11th, 2022

The American Rental Association (ARA) will host its first-ever Rental Innovation Conference & Exhibits in March. The event, scheduled March 9-10, will feature two full days of education sessions, networking and exhibits focused on the latest technology and innovations to advance the equipment rental industry. “We are so excited for ARA’s only live conference in 2022, […]

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Oeko-Tex Association releases annual updates

January 10th, 2022

Oeko-Tex Association has released its annual updates to test criteria, limit values and requirements. In addition, its new Impact Calculator is now available for STeP by Oeko-Tex customers. The industry-specific tool will provide carbon and water footprint data essential to meeting climate goals. Later in 2022, Oeko-Tex will also introduce a new certification for corporate […]

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Tent industry remembers Kevin McBride

January 7th, 2022

Industry leader Kevin McBride, 68, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in Sun City West, Ariz. McBride, the former owner of PJ McBride Inc., West Babylon, N.Y., was a longtime leader and member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International and the Tent Rental Division and was the TRD chairman from 2004 to 2006. He was […]

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