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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!

AFR at EventQuip

Friday morning breakfast!

 


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.

 

Philadelphia Tent Rental

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.

Philadelphia Tent Rental
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.

Philadelphia Tent Rental

Philadelphia Tent Rental

 

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

Philadelphia Tent Rental

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.

Philadelphia tent Rental

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.

Philadelphia Tent Rental

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.


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!


EQ’s 2012 Company Picnic Under a Sailcloth Tent

Sailcloth Tent
At our annual employee appreciation picnic, the kids played egg-toss, ran a three-legged race and jumped up to stand on the winners’ platform for photo ops.  Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to all of the winners.  The grown up kids played horseshoes in our annual tournament.  Adults and kids alike played poker, blackjack and bet the house on roulette under our gorgeous sailcloth tent.

Sailcloth Tent

This greatly anticipated annual event hosted by our company founder, Ed Knight and his wife Janet, is always the buzz around EventQuip for the entire summer. Everyone looks forward to getting together with their friends, co-workers and families for fabulous food, icy refreshments, fun and games. This year, Ed surprised us with a “Casino Night” courtesy of Eric Walker at Tonz of Fun; complete with 5 casino table games, custom “EventQuip” poker chips and a live performance by musician Lorenzo Branca. Industry icons Gene Blum and Richard Kisco acted as our casino dealers and kept the dice hot and the cards moving fast.  Needless to say, the craps table was packed throughout the night!

Sailcloth Tent

Sailcloth Tent

sailcloth tents

Sailcloth Tent

The always-exceptional Max Hansen catered a delicious buffet of tenderloin steaks, barbequed chicken, sliders, salads and sweet corn on the cob. The kids splashed in the pool, raced around the yard and chowed down at the scrumptious ice cream bar with candy toppings. Adults enjoyed custom cigars hand-rolled on-site under a separate tent.

Sailcloth Tent

Sailcloth Tent

But the sparkling centerpiece of the event was the beautiful sailcloth tent that was highlighted with custom gobos that projected images of cards, dice and our “EQ” logo. Round tables covered with black and white checkerboard tablecloths, stalks of bamboo from the garden and lush red roses completed the look.

Sailcloth Tent

Sailcloth Tent

Sailcloth Tent

At the end of the evening, each guest departed with a cool EventQuip beach towel, which asked the question “Got Tent?”…Yes,we “Got Tent”, and a whole lot of fun!


It’s a BOY!!! Say “Hello!” to EventQuip’s Newest Crew Member

Rebecca New Baby Photo EventQuip Office Manager Tent Company Baby Announcement

Congratulations to our very own Rebecca Shepherd and her fiance Jeremy Allan on the birth of their precious baby boy, John Shepherd Allan!  We’ll have Baby John out installing tents in no time…