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A Classic provides rental products and
services to all types of events-large or
small-accommodating everything from
a small, in-home holiday gathering to a
5,000-person festival. Weddings are a
large focus, and those clients are top of
mind when making inventory decisions.
"Would a bride rent this product?"
Hawkins asks when considering new
inventory. "What does a bride want today,
tomorrow and in three years?"
Public events such as festivals are also
a great revenue source for A Classic because of the volume of equipment they
require. "We also are involved in the
same large festivals across Indianapolis
from year to year, so we are able to learn
and continue to improve efϐiciencies,"
Hawkins says.

to Hawkins, the city is now requiring
every commercial tent to be inspected,
adding an additional $133 to the existing
$180 fee.
"We are outraged by the additional cost
that our customers will incur," Hawkins
says. "The fee is more than [the rental for] a
20-by-20-foot frame tent, which is popular
for small businesses. We have written a
letter to the city and will continue to ϐight
for our customers. We will continue the
tradition of hard work and commitment to
excellence every day with our customers
in mind."

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Maura Keller is a Minneapolis, Minn.-based
freelance writer who frequently writes about the
tent and specialty fabrics industries.

Code challenges
Tents have changed drastically since
Hawkins began in the industry, as have
installation codes. After the Indiana State
Fair stage collapse in 2011, the state of
Indiana set out to ensure that the public
is safe under all temporary structures,
stages and risers. Starting around 2012,
notiϐications, permitting, inspections,
ϐire code packages and the associated
fees were required by state law. Each city
adopted its own requirements, however,
and consistency across jurisdictions is
nonexistent, he says. This imposes additional fees on the customer and requires
more time and labor to install a tent.
"We then had to educate the customer
on permits and inspections and explain
the fees that each city imposed," Hawkins
says. "It was important to us to assure the
customer that our company was not happy
about the additional cost to rent a tent and
that it was not our fees. Some cities will
take up to two weeks to ϐinish a permit,
so time is now an additional barrier to
producing an event for a customer who
may be working last minute."
The latest challenge is a fee increase in
a large Indianapolis suburb. According

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