Letter to the editor

December 1, 2019

With heavy hearts, we write this letter of recognition. We have recently heard of the passing of Jed Johnson from Anchor Industries. Jed was one of the first professional contacts we made when we entered this business. He will always be known to us as one of the kindest, warmest and most welcoming men we’ve …

Opioids and your workplace

A new toolkit from the National Safety Council aims to help employers and employees understand how opioid use affects the workplace—and what to do about it.   For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash. The numbers don’t …

Go big and bold with tent graphics

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 …

How to increase your bottom line with job costing, part 1

Where does all the money go? Let’s start with some accounting basics. by Alexandre Renaud and Barbara Scull Job costing is the process of assigning costs to a specific job or project to determine if it will generate enough gross profit to cover expenses and contribute to net profit. While managers often engage in job …

A canvas tent gets it own protective cover

Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wis., has never just retired a tent. The performance venue has operated summer-long on the shore of Lake Superior since 1986, and every all-canvas tent theater the venue has acquired stood until Mother Nature intervened—once with fire, twice with hailstorms and once with wind.  When the latest tent was first …

Relaxed and eclectic tented birthday party

La Maison Fête creates a tented birthday party where guests could hang out and have fun. For her husband’s 50th birthday party, a wife turned to La Maison Fête, a full-scale event planning company based in Bedford, N.Y., for a celebration that was fun, light and relaxed. “They’ve spent a lot of time out west, …

Inspired ski village

For the Ladies’ Audi FIS Ski World Cup races in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in December 2018, RÖDER Group, Büdingen, Germany, and Orgatent, Grosswangen, Switzerland, designed and installed a village of tents directly at the edge of the mountain. Structures included a 9-by-18-meter entrance tent, an 8-by-18-meter tent for the public, a 5-by-30-meter media space, and …

A Classic Party Rental keeps customers in focus

A family business evolves into tent and party rental, keeping customer needs top-of-mind. by Maura Keller Family businesses have long been a staple of the American economy. And A Classic Party Rental in Indianapolis, Ind., founded in 1989 by members of the Hawkins and Bayt family, is the quintessential family affair. Like many family businesses, …

Win business with top-notch customer service

Keep your tent rental clients satisfied—and returning—with these six tips for five-star customer service. by Sarah Crews Your company and your employees are the backbone of events from high-end weddings and corporate galas to backyard parties and festivals. And your image is on the line each time, from booking to takedown. Here are six strategies …

Eventstar wins IAA ‘Best in Category’

Eventstar Structures contributed to a “fashion show for the ages” celebrating the 50th anniversary of iconic fashion brand Ralph Lauren, designing and fabricating 10,000 square feet of space to blend in with the rustic aesthetic of Bethesda Terrace in New York City’s Central Park. For its efforts, Eventstar, of Medley, Fla., was awarded the “Best …