Recycling tents for clothing

August 1st, 2022

University student Grace Reeves designs universal-fit clothing from recycled tents. Photos: Pushpita Chatterjee A fashion student created a gender-neutral dress out of tent fabric to promote sustainability and inclusiveness in fashion. Grace Reeves, who is a final-year fashion design student at Nottingham Trent University, in Nottingham, England, was motivated to build the piece when she […]

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IFAI Expo: Leveraging rental tents during and after the pandemic

November 4th, 2021

Jim Reyen, business director at Johnson Outdoors Inc./Eureka! Big Tents Division, presented the campfire session “Leveraging Rental Tents During and After the COVID Pandemic” at IFAI Expo in Nashville, Tenn. During the session, Reyen explained the changing demands for tents throughout various stages of the pandemic. “The first wave of tent demand ran from March […]

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Dino-sized tent

October 1st, 2021

Sandone Productions Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based full-service event company that specializes in tents and awnings, recently completed a project of brachiosaurus-sized proportions—literally. NBC/Universal Studios needed a structure for “Jurassic World: The Exhibition,” an eight-month interactive exhibit locatedat Grandscape, The Colony, Texas, that immerses audiences in scenes inspired by the film. “The tent had to be […]

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Durable EMI shielding textile

March 4th, 2021

A military command center in Afghanistan. The Shelter-Rite® RF™ shielding material can be used to fabricate a variety of products, including military tents. Photo: Seaman Corp. Designed for the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding market, Shelter-Rite® RF™ products offer technologically advanced safety and security in situations that require a rugged and robust RF-shielded material. With a […]

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COVID-19 and the tent rental industry supply chain

February 23rd, 2021

Michael Tharpe, national sales manager of Rainier Industries Ltd. and chairman of IFAI’s Tent Rental Division, discussed the effects of COVID-19 on the tent rental industry supply chain during his presentation at the IFAI Fabricators Conference & Showcase on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Before the pandemic, the 2020 forecast for the revenue, party and event […]

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Tenting for the pandemic

December 1st, 2020

Restaurants have turned to companies like Everything Entertainment to help with outside seating. But without the need for walls or flooring, profit can be hard to come by. Photo: Everything Entertainment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the tent industry finds new ways to survive. by Jeff Moravec There are all manner of seasonal ebbs and flows […]

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Tent fabrics and antimicrobial technology

November 5th, 2020

During IFAI Virtual Expo 2020, Chad Twombly, vice president of direct sales at Herculite, presented the sponsored education session “Utilizing Antimicrobials in Tents—Transition Healthcare Technology to the Rental Tent Market.”   According to Twombly, there are two ways to deploy antimicrobial additives into tent fabrics: embedding and/or applying. Embedding active agents into fabrics can result […]

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Tent CARES Day honors pandemic workers

November 1st, 2020

Tent manufacturers and rental businesses around the U.S. celebrated the frontline workers of the COVID-19 pandemic on Aug. 29 with barbeques, food truck fare and lots of sweet treats.  TLC Rents celebrated Tent CARES Day by serving up a barbeque lunch for Atlanta, Ga.-area frontline workers. Photo: TLC Rents. Independent Tent CARES Day events were […]

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A tented grocery store meets essential community needs

November 1st, 2020

Residents of Minneapolis’ East Lake Street neighborhood can access fresh groceries, pharmacy items, transit passes and banking services in a 13,000-square-foot tented store that is temporarily replacing a supermarket damaged during early summer riots. Photo: Tom Paule. The summer season for tent rental companies is usually filled with weddings and festivals, but there is nothing […]

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The pop-up canvas camper pandemic theory

November 1st, 2020

Following the 2008 economic crash, lipstick was all over the news. According to the “lipstick recession theory,” consumers facing a recession stop making luxury purchases, like jewelry and high-end vehicles, while still allowing for small indulgences, like lipstick.  But the theory doesn’t hold up to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Who needs lipstick […]

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