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"Designing and making the blocks was
one thing, but we also wanted to ϐigure
out how to move them efϐiciently," he
says. "We wanted to do it with as few
machines as possible, because it's not
always practical to have a machine on
every job. If you go to a house, you can't
always bring in a Bobcat® or a forklift."
"When we started, I wasn't really
planning on selling the system; I was just
making it for myself," he explains. "But as
soon as I made it, my crews would come
back and tell me that so-and-so from
this company wants to know where you
got this from, or buy it. After a couple of
inquiries, I decided to get a patent and
we started selling commercially."
Deninno says he ϐigured few
companies would want to buy actual
concrete blocks-largely because of
shipping costs-so he began selling
steel forms that allow anyone to make
their own blocks. "But in this industry,
there isn't much notice on a lot of jobs,
and if someone needs 200 blocks all of

a sudden, there's no way they can use
their forms to do it in-house. So we sell
a lot of premade blocks and have block
facilities in four different states so we can
get them to people faster than just from
New York."
"The Block and Roll system really
revolutionized not just ballast, but the
way you can access parks and different
areas with ballast," says Bains. "You don't
need a forklift or a truck to pull up right
beside the tent. Ballast is a pain to move
around, but this is a much easier solution
than what we had to use in the past."

ATTENTION TO DETAIL
"Ballasting isn't an art form; it's just
attention to detail," says Deninno. But, as
we all know, the devil is in the details.
The "details" are less difϐicult, says
Deninno, since the development of IFAI's
TRD (Tent Rental Division) Ballasting
Tool, which helps tent rental companies
determine the best ways to use ballast,
and determines the expected mean

TOP: Big tents require a lot of ballast,
such as this one by PTG Event Services
in Bethpage, N.Y. This increases the
need to be able to move all of the weight
efficiently, says owner Nick Deninno.
ABOVE: "Ballasting isn't an art form,
it's just attention to detail," says Nick
Deninno, owner of PTG Event Services
and originator of the Block and Roll®
ballast system. Photos courtesy of PTG
Event Services.

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