Taking the lead: Women professionals thrive in the male-dominated tent industry

October 1, 2018

Women have always contributed to the tent rental industry, even as it’s traditionally been a man’s world. As their influence continues to grow, career opportunities are expanding. When Sarah Crews, director of sales and marketing for Miami, Fla.-based Economy Tent International (ETI), started going to outdoor trade shows 13 years ago, she didn’t see many …

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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Intimate weddings, from cocktail hour to after parties

June 1, 2018

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 …

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

April 1, 2018

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, …

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Unconventional tents offer exceptional features

March 14, 2018

Tents that are less common in conventional inventories can help rental businesses open up new markets. A unique product won’t be right for every tent rental business, but for companies interested in exploring potential opportunities, an unusual tent may be just the thing their customers didn’t know they needed. Losberger De Boer, an international manufacturer …

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Arena Americas scores with America’s Cup

February 21, 2018

The 35th Louis Vitton America’s Cup World Series provided the perfect venue for Arena Americas to demonstrate its creativity with an ambitious installation. Every spectacular event comes with certain challenges, and the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Chicago, Ill., was no different. Held in fresh water for the first time in its …

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Tent renters weigh the anchorage options

December 1, 2017

When choosing a proper anchoring method for any given site, tent renters must balance the pros and cons of staking vs. ballasting. First, the good news: demand for event tents has significantly grown, says Steve Belliveau, sales manager, Eastern Region, for tent manufacturer Anchor Industries Inc. of Evansville, Ind. The downside? Demand has put greater …

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Specialty tents open new markets

October 1, 2017

Want to stand out from the crowd? Specialty tents can open up new opportunities. It makes sense for tent rental companies to build their inventory around traditional products, such as pole and frame tents. These tents are popular and versatile, making them reliable performers. Even so, it may be worthwhile to explore potential markets with …

Clearspan structures meet many demands

August 18, 2017

All Occasions Event Rental of Cincinnati, Ohio, has offered clearspans for 11 years, purchasing the first one in 2006, says Tommy Wilson, director of event services. The company started with smaller structures, in widths of 20, 30, 40, and 50 feet, and currently stocks about 50,000 square feet of clearspan. “We added them to our …

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Clearspan tents offer clear advantages

August 1, 2017

Clearspan structures open up lucrative markets for tent rental companies. With scaled-down and modular designs, even small tent rental companies can take advantage of these opportunities. Clearspan structures offer an array of benefits for tent rental companies and their clients. One of the biggest attractions is their unobstructed interior space—there’s no need for interior support …