2021 in review

December 1, 2021  |  Editorial

As you read through this issue of InTents magazine, the end of another year approaches. While business in the tent and event rental industry turned out to be more profitable and promising in 2021 than 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about another issue: labor shortages.  In 2020, a pressing cha…
Celina LAMS deployed to Eastern Europe to house drones

December 1, 2021  |  News

Celina, an Ohio-based leader of design and manufacturing of engineered fabric products and shelters, recently developed and installed a storage solution for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Eastern Europe. The client, who happened to be one of the largest prime contractors to the United States gov…
Kickstarter helps to fund a new modular tents system

December 1, 2021  |  News

Take an established business with a solid customer base, add a great idea for product expansion and what do you get? The need for capital. For Diamond Brand Gear in Fletcher, N.C., developing an innovative modular wall tent meant turning to Kickstarter to launch a campaign. The social media platform…
Foundation of a holiday festival

December 1, 2021  |  Showcase

McCarthy Tents and Events puts community first with a holiday event—despite the risks of the day.  by Sigrid Tornquist To plan an event today means taking more risk than ever. Given COVID-19 and its known and unknown variants, the stakes are particularly high. Before plans are set in motion a…
Redefining resilience

December 1, 2021  |  Installation Spotlight

Mississippi Tent & Party Rental installs a field hospital in a parking garage. In August 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state of Mississippi hard. As the virus spread rapidly throughout the region, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, Miss., turned to Mississipp…
The spice of life

December 1, 2021  |  Profile

Colorado Party Rentals specializes in ‘a little bit of everything’ to offer a variety of services and inventory items. by Holly Eamon Business strategies often aim to narrow a company’s focus. But variety fueled the four generations of entrepreneurial success that led to the 2015 purchase of C…
Peaks of perfection: installations that wow

December 1, 2021  |  Feature

If invitations create a first impression of an event, the tents and structures used at an event make a lasting impression. Here’s a look at four eye-popping tent projects that wowed clients, astonished event attendees, and had tent installation teams exclaiming “veni, vidi, vici!”
Workforce challenges and solutions

December 1, 2021  |  Feature

In 2020, the challenge was figuring out how to keep business doors open when the pandemic was forcing global-wide shutdowns. But now that life—and the tent and event rental industry—is approaching a semblance of normalcy, there’s a somewhat unanticipated problem flummoxing businesses: the wor…
Winter weather safety

December 1, 2021  |  Safety

Winter weather presents a multitude of hazards—slippery roads and surfaces, environmental cold, strong winds, etc.—so it is important for employers to prepare for inclement weather and implement safe work practices. While winter weather may slow tent rental business, it rarely halts it. From hol…
The ethical dilemma of ransomware attacks

December 1, 2021  |  Management

The recent proliferation of well-publicized cyberattacks has revealed ransomware to be a serious national security threat. Still largely hidden from public view, however, are the attacks on small businesses, including many within the industrial, specialty and advanced textile industry, that don’t …