How to ease the heavy burden of ballasting

August 1, 2020

Ballasting done right means going heavy, but industry-developed tools help to ease the burden. by Jeff Moravec Ballasting may seem a necessary evil in the world of tented events. All tents need to be anchored in one way or another, of course, with ballast (weight) being a common method. It requires a lot of planning, …

Maintenance practices to extend the life of your tents and equipment

by Darcy Maulsby The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” takes on new meaning in times like the current challenging business environment. When tent rental operators are counting every penny, the need to get the longest possible life out of tents and the equipment used to install them is …

Tackle difficult projects to elevate your company’s portfolio

When a complex and difficult install comes along, resist the temptation to decline. by Pamela Mills-Senn A willingness to tackle tough installs requires steely nerves, can-do attitudes, experienced and talented crews and lots of planning. But when it all comes together, challenging projects not only bring a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, they enhance a …

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Disaster shelter design competition tests engineering students

June 1, 2020

John Brown University’s disaster shelter contest challenges students to develop and demonstrate solutions for emergency scenarios. by Holly Eamon Global economic losses from natural disasters topped $232 billion last year, rounding out a decade that cost the world nearly $3 trillion, according to the 2019 Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight Annual Report published by global …

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Establishing your wedding expertise

It’s one thing to install a tent for a wedding. It’s another to create an event venue that honors a couple’s values, heritage and dreams.  by Laurie F. Junker Tented weddings never go out of style. Tents are both practical and romantic, sheltering guests from the elements and providing a blank canvas for all kinds …

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Going upscale with luxury restroom trailers

As customer awareness and demand grows, luxury restroom trailers are a “must-have” inventory item for tent rental companies. by Jeff Moravec It may not be possible to determine exactly when the very first luxury restroom trailer was cobbled together, but based on conversations with manufacturers and the event companies that rent them out, it’s not …

2020 Reader’s Choice Awards: Products and services that go above and beyond

April 1, 2020

Many industry suppliers go more than the extra mile to help tent rental companies thrive—and the voters in the 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards have stories to tell about the products, services and suppliers that support them day after day, from the warehouse to the installation site.  by Pamela Mills-Senn The annual Reader’s Choice Awards, launched …

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The next generation: Assuming leadership of a family tent rental business

Thinking about taking over your family’s tent rental business? Be prepared to learn every job, initiate delicate conversations, ask questions and respect the previous generation’s work. Oh, and don’t expect special treatment.  by Jeff Moravec Young people entering their family’s tent rental business as a career can look forward to a sense of satisfaction and …

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The big business of music festival installations

Music festivals have become big business, and temporary structures are integral to the festival-goer experience—from small ticketing and concession tents, to custom products for high-end activations and immersive experiences, to glamping tents, where music lovers can take a break or keep the party going all night long.   by Sigrid Tornquist Noise Pop. Crush. Pot …

Go big and bold with tent graphics

December 1, 2019

The latest printing technology offers better options than ever to make your clients’ tents stand out in a crowd.  by Laurie F. Junker Big event tents and bold graphics go hand in hand because customers recognize the importance of branding, particularly at trade shows and public events. In these settings, custom graphics serve both logistical …