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Bagels!

What a great start to a rainy Friday morning here at EventQuip! Our friend Nick Desiderio from AFR Event Furnishings stopped by with his latest catalogs, new event design software and a treat for the office team.

AFR Visits EventQuip

Nick, Ed and Steve catch up on AFR’s latest furniture offerings

Nick explained how AFR is using the web-hosted software Social Tables to help their clients visualize 3D options when designing room layouts for events. Using the software, he was able put together a quote and a drawing for our client in just a few minutes. Social Tables has incorporated the entire AFR furniture line into the platform so it is easy to create various designs and layouts with a few clicks of the mouse.

AFR Visits EventQuip

Nick gives Steve a demo of “Social Tables” software

Collaborating with other special event partners and learning about their processes helps us to better serve our clients. Nick’s visit was a great opportunity for our staff to stay up to date on the latest event furnishing options and design elements.

In addition to his fabulous furniture rental collection, Nick also brought a big bag of bagels and toppings for our office team. Thanks to Nick for breakfast – the small skirmish over the cinnamon bagel ended painlessly!

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Friday morning breakfast!

 


Safety Training

At EventQuip, safety is always our top priority. As part of our ongoing commitment to personal, property and equipment safety procedures, our crew leaders, installers and warehouse team gather to review the processes that keep them and others safe at work sites and in the warehouse. Our Operations Manager and Warehouse Manager lead the discussion to insure that everyone understands our personal and property safety guidelines. We also bring in safety experts to provide additional detailed information and training.

The meeting’s topics may include ladder safety, driving and backing up procedures, personal protective gear and emergency procedures.

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Warehouse and Operations Team lead the Safety Meeting

Although it may not seem obvious, installing tents can be a dangerous proposition. The tent vinyl, poles and frames are very heavy. There are multiple parts and many people involved in a tent installation and removal. The area that a tent needs to be installed may be uneven, rocky or muddy. Nearby trees and tight areas may present an installation challenge. During the hot summer months, installers need to be sure to stay hydrated and protected in the sun. Crew members need to be focused and aware of their surroundings and keep their personal safety training in mind to avoid injury. Safety procedures must be followed while operating equipment including forklifts, loaders, truck and jackhammers.

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Fluorescent jackets keep our crew warm and highly visible!

We also take precautions and follow procedures to insure that we minimize the impact of the installation on our clients’ property. Our tents and equipment are installed with great care and respect for the grounds, buildings and other personal property that they are being installed near.

The safety of our employees and the protection of our clients’ property lies in our hands, and we make sure that our crew is properly trained to ensure that they know the procedures to stay safe on the job.


Winter Work at EQ

Our crew leader Don Freiwald joins us as a guest blogger, filling us in on what happens behind the scenes during  the cold winter months at EventQuip:

When the days are short and the nights are long and the sun is low on the horizon, the EventQuip warehouse team is in full inventory and maintenance mode. Everyone is working hard to make sure all of our equipment, vinyl and parts are all in top shape for the upcoming spring season. Our shop is rumbling with the sound of sanders as our crew refinishes the wooden center poles for our popular sailcloth tents. The poles are handcrafted here in our warehouse and are carefully maintained by sanding, staining and sealing them in preparation for their use in supporting the sailcloth that is favored by so many of our clients.

 

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In our fabrication department, Keith keeps our commercial sewing machine buzzing away, carefully crafting custom made vinyl tent applications and maintaining our high standards by making sure all of the vinyl tent tops and sidewall are kept in excellent shape.

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Philadelphia Tent Rental

 

Elsewhere in the warehouse, there is a team counting, cleaning, repairing and painting the structural equipment that is used in building all of our tents. Here Kevin and Jermaine are color coding and sorting the fittings that we use in building frame tents.

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Philadelphia Tent Rental

 

In the meantime we also have a crew working on maintaining our electrical equipment including exit signs and tent fans.

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Philadelphia Tent Rental

 

Down in the wash pit, our vinyl department is extremely busy, washing between 6,000 and 13,000 square feet of vinyl tenting a day. Our standards for clean and fresh vinyl are very high, and our founder Ed Knight wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Philadelphia Tent Rental

Philadelphia Tent Rental

 

Our warehouse manger Eric keeps an eye on the productivity of the crews, ensuring that each task is performed properly and safely. Here Eric takes inventory of the beams that are used in building our temporary structure tents.

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Philadelphia Tent Rental

 

Maintaining, painting, and cleaning our equipment is part of our process that enables us  to produce our award-winning tents and installations. Our crews work year round to ensure that our equipment is always ready for our clients’ special events. As the spring season approaches, we will be prepared to deliver and install the quality tenting, flooring, power and climate control that our clients come to expect from EventQuip.


Corporate Event at Luna Farms

On a beautiful late September day, a private party was hosted at the sustainable, all-organic Luna Farm located in Ottsville, PA.  The rustic countryside and grounds provided a stunning backdrop for an EventQuip sailcloth tent where guests feasted on specially prepared appetizers, entrees and desserts created by Chef Jose Garces and his staff.  Luna Farm represents the best in farm to table dining and also sustains many of the Garces East Coast restaurants with organic vegetables, fruits, eggs and honey.

 

Sailcloth Tent

 

Chef Garces and his team created their culinary delights in the kitchen and prep area.  After cocktails, appetizers and a presentation by the Iron Chef himself, the guests made their way to the main tent via a candlelit path created for the occasion.

Chef Jose Garces

Chef Jose Garces

Garces Catering

Sailcloth Tent

 

Orange and red dahlias, ranunculus and hanging amaranthus created by flower designer Dorian Butovich at Central Park Flowers helped to set the seasonal mood of the event. Containers made of mango wood and birch bark wrapped vases complimented the tablescapes. Party Rental, Ltd provided farm tables, chairs, glassware and china to complete the setting.

Central Park Flowers

Sailcloth Tent Interior

Garces Catering

Garces Catering

 

As the sun began to set, the interior of the sailcloth tent began to glow underneath a sky of billowing clouds. Photographer Lindsey Docherty captured stunning photographs of the surrounding trees, land and sky as the evening’s festivities kicked into high gear.

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What a gorgeous photo!


Training at EventQuip!

At the EventQuip warehouse and office in Lansdale, PA we are hearing the sweet sound of jackhammers pounding stakes into the parking lot. Our crew leaders and operations team are hard at work training our seasonal crew to gear up for our busy season. As the weather gets cooler, more events and parties are being held outside and that means we need some extra hands on deck. Our experienced installers and operations managers have developed a training program to help our new installers learn the ropes of safe and proper tent set-up and removal. Take a look at some of the activity that is happening this week as we prepare to move into party season!

After a protective ground cover is spread out on the ground, the tent tops are laid out side to side and securely laced together.

 

Tent stakes waiting to be hammered into the asphalt help secure the tents. They will be connected to the tents with heavy-duty straps.

 

Here’s our guy Eugene supervising the jackhammer training.

 

Don & Eric hard at work supervising the installation.

 

Learning how to “dress the straps”.  That’s tent-speak for “don’t leave them hanging out all over the place”.

 

Training tent up!  We used a 30′ x 60′ cook tent for this construction.

 

Time to take the tent down – loosening the straps and removing the center poles from the tent.

 

The tent is now down and being ready to be put away. Its amazing how much quicker it is to take it down than to put it up!