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events | company profi le
From local store to
international leader
Online sales helped Celina grow from a small-town business
into an international success.
By Jean Feingold
Celina
celina.com
Celina, Ohio
Year founded: 1996
Number of employees: 90
Primary business: Manufacturer
of military tents and party tents.
Distributor of tables, chairs
and accessories.
F
or Janice Grieshop, vice president
of Celina in Celina, Ohio, it all began
in 1996 when a local hardware store
went out of business after 74 years. " My
husband, Herb, and I purchased its small
inventory of tables, chairs and three
tents and started Celina Tent Rental out
of our rural home, " she says. " Our early
customers were local people hosting
parties and other events. "
Two years later, Celina Tent Inc., began
designing and manufacturing tent tops
to meet customers' demands for quality
party tents at a lower price. Once these
affordable tents were available, the
Grieshops launched their irst website,
CelinaTent.com, to promote chairs, tables
and tents to the rental industry. This initial
online effort was followed by GetTent.com
in 2002, which sold the company's party
tents and related event accessories.
The sale of the rental division in 2005
propelled Celina to start developing
its own line of shelters and provide
contract manufacturing services to other
shelter manufacturers.
Celina was awarded a U.S. Department
of Defense (DOD) contract in 2006 to produce
the Humanitarian /General Purpose
Tent System (HGPTS). This non-tactical
military tent is a humanitarian relief shelter
still used regularly throughout the
Middle East and the South Paciic after
conlicts and natural disasters. To date,
the company has produced more than
10,000 humanitarian shelters.
Global growth
In the succeeding years, Celina expanded
beyond its Ohio borders by supplementing
manufacturing capacity with a facility in
China in 2011. Growth continued domestically
in 2014 with an 11,000-square-foot
manufacturing facility in the company's
namesake town of Celina, Ohio. That was
followed by an additional 27,000-squareThese
non-tactical military tents are humanitarian
relief shelters still used regularly throughout the
Middle East and the South Pacifi c after confl icts
and natural disasters. Photos courtesy of Celina.
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