InTents August/September 2020 - 6

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Tent and event rental companies have been
welcoming both familiar work and new
opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABOVE: Traube Tents, Columbia, Ill., built a
temporary morgue for the city of St. Louis,
Mo. Photo courtesy of Traube Tents.
RIGHT: Marianne's Rentals,
Oklahoma City, Okla., installed its
first backyard tented wedding during
the state's Phase 2 reopening. Photo
courtesy of Marianne's Rentals.

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The summer of hope
he tent and event rental industry
continues to be impacted by the
COVID-19 pandemic. While the spring
season months of March and April
proved to be devastating due to postponed and canceled events, the summer
months have offered glimmers of hope
mixed with incremental rebounds as
restaurants and businesses reopen.
In Oklahoma City, Okla., business is
picking up at Marianne's Rentals. "The
phones are ringing, people are coming
in to book at the last minute, and we've
brought back two sales people," says
Marianne Long, owner and president.
In Essex Junction, Vt., where Vermont
Tent Company is based, Michael Lubas,
CEO, says the company has a small
amount of work conϐirmed for August,
and slightly more for September. "Overall
it looks like an 80-90% reduction in
revenue for 2020, but with all the
postponements to 2021, it should be an
okay year."
In Columbia, Ill., Traube Tents and
Structures echoes a similar tune.
"Our core business of large events is
completely gone," says Steve Traube,
owner and vice president. "We do not
envision a return until fall and, probably
more realistically, the spring of 2021."

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Creative solutions
As restaurants and businesses reopen
during the summer, many tent and
event rental companies ϐind themselves
pivoting to offer creative services and
solutions for clients.
Marianne's Rentals has started offering
CAD (computer-aided design) diagrams
to show clients how to rearrange for social
distancing guidelines, and Vermont Tent
Company has been busy installing tents
for restaurants and child care centers.
Traube Tents also continues to pivot.
"One of our more interesting projects
was building a temporary morgue for
the city of St. Louis," says Traube. The
company constructed a 10-by-20-meter
structure on 5.4 meter legs. "The tall legs
gave the city the ability to drive a full-sized
refrigerated tractor trailer truck under the
structure and park it underneath for two
months," says Traube. While dismantling
the structure, a local news organization
ran an article on the project that detailed
the cost comparison between the city
of St. Louis' temporary morgue and the
county of St. Louis. "Compared to the
county," says Traube, "the city spent less
than 2% of the total cost proving that tents
and structures can provide an economical
solution during challenging times."

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