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Priority: safety
Solomon and Great Lakes Tent put a
particular emphasis on correct set-up,
proper anchoring and safety guidelines
for commercial tents. "I like that IFAI
did the ballast study," Solomon says.
"That was a big eye-opener for a lot
of guys. It showed you need a lot more
weight in most cases than 200-pound
cement blocks and friction rubber mats
underneath your blocks."
Solomon recalls an event that truly
tested the setup and integrity of the tent.
"In our area, we deal with high snow
loads and high winds," he says. "A few
years ago, we had a couple Navi-TracĀ®
tents up for an automotive industry
client. There were 70-mile-per-hourplus winds. The tent was fully exposed
to the west, so it took the full brunt of the
wind. I'm thinking that this tent is going
to be flat or in another lot. When I saw
the tent, it was standing strong. Our guys
had staked it correctly."

Attracting talent

Finding consistent, reliable labor to set
up and break down tents is a constant
struggle for many tent companies, and
Great Lakes Tent is no different. "Getting
more 22- to 23-year-olds to come into
the business is difficult," he says. "I'm
looking for long-term help, and that
isn't easy to find. If an employee gives
me two or three good years, they are
going to be making good money."
One particular event stands out for
Solomon that showcases Great Lakes
Tent and its capabilities. "A couple
private schools try to raise a million
dollars through donations, so we supply
several tents and equipment for those
events," he says. "For the schools, it's
a major fund-raiser, so there's a lot of
pressure on us. But those have gone off
without a hitch."
Paul Johnson is a writer based in Minnesota.

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