Buyer expectations for clearspan tents

August 28, 2018

Tent rental companies investing in clearspans should expect documentation, customer service, training and more. Clearspan structures are a major investment for tent rental companies. Before taking the plunge, buyers need to understand what a manufacturer offers in regard to engineering documentation and other certification, product availability, training and ongoing support. “Clients can expect the validation …

Engineered clearspan systems expand the pie in all markets

August 1, 2018

For Thomas Pollard, the introduction of clearspan structures in Canada has meant the difference between being able to install tents year-round versus closing up shop in the winter. “What has changed up here [in western Canada] over the past 10 years is that there was no clearspan market 10 years ago,” says Pollard, vice president, …

Outdoor trade shows offer opportunities and challenges for tenting

Semiconductors and dentistry tools fit nicely on a table in an exhibit hall—cranes and airplanes not so much. That’s why makers and sellers of big and heavy products ply their goods at outdoor industrial showcases. Even if a convention center can accommodate large products for a trade show, exhibitors won’t be allowed to run them …

Basic training principles for new and long-time installers

Training new installers—and long-time crew members—comes down to a focus on safety, product-specific knowledge and product care. Labor is a problem everywhere, with tent rental companies experiencing constant turnover and the need to train new installers. Desperate to fill out their crews, tent renters will often send new employees on the road for installations right …

Wedding cocktail hours and after-parties are where the celebration gets creative (and fun!)

July 16, 2018

One reason that event planners love wedding cocktail hours and after-parties is that these bookends to the main dinner reception allow planners additional opportunities to showcase their creativity. Consider the pre-reception cocktail party. A wedding mainstay, this hour is evolving from its more conventional template, serving now as an energetic kickoff for the fun to …

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Overcoming obstructions at installation sites

June 1, 2018

Installing tents around obstructions requires tenacity, creativity and know-how. Here, seasoned installers share challenging installations and clever solutions. From overhead power lines to underground utilities to massive tree limbs, obstructions to tent installations are as varied as the tents themselves. While tent installers and the customers they serve strive for a streamlined, efficient tent installation, …

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Keep guest cool and comfortable under tents

Cooling technology for event tents helps to ensure that guests stay in their comfort zone. The flexibility of tented environments has always been a selling point for party and event rental companies. Knowing that their event will take place under a properly cooled or heated tent offers clients peace of mind, regardless of a rising …

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Intimate weddings, from cocktail hour to after parties

The dinner reception may be the high point of a tented wedding. But the cocktail hour sets the tone and the after party offers final, memorable flourishes. With its big cake and heartfelt toasts and the first dance, the wedding reception is often second only to the ceremony itself in terms of its significance to …

Announcing the winners of the Reader’s Choice Awards

April 1, 2018

InTents magazine is 25 years old! To celebrate, we are awarding excellence and innovation in the event tent industry. In December, we asked InTents readers to vote for the best of the best in 25 categories. What companies, products and services do InTents readers depend on to run their business? Who supplies the best frame …

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How to use the H-2B program to hire legal temporary guest workers

Finding workers during the busy season can prove challenging, leaving U.S. tent and event rental companies short-handed, but there’s a tool at their disposal that can provide just the remedy. For tent and event rental companies, the busy season not only brings the promise of more work, it also ups the need for more workers, …