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Maurer says the military customer
continues to look for innovations
and advanced features, along with
improvements in weight and rapid
deployment capabilities: " One of the
things we're seeing is that the product
has to be a durable shelter that is pretty
intuitive and simple to use, but also
have some advanced features, such
as insulation, and energy-efficient
capabilities like solar shading-just the
ability to reduce power consumption
for heating and cooling. "
While it might seem that the end of
the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan
would have reduced the demand for
military shelters, " shelter demand
is always hard to predict, " explains
Maurer. " Some people try to tie it
to military operation tempo, but
it's also tied to turnover and troop
movements-when people return they
have to reequip. It also depends on
budgets, and who is getting what when. "
New customers, new questions
One of the big changes since the
pandemic started is that " we've seen
a lot of people from outside the
industry coming in and asking a
whole new set of questions, " explains
Jeff Grieshop, president of Celina Tent
Inc., which manufactures engineered
fabric products and military shelters,
and distributes event equipment in
Celina, Ohio.
" The view of the products we've
been selling for years into lots of
markets-industrial, military, event,
hospitality, what have you-has always
had a certain set of parameters or
questions you'd discuss. But now it's
been a lot of new customers, such as
schools, asking questions about things
such as social distancing. "
Not that Grieshop is complaining.
" When the pandemic started, we
thought, 'Okay, let's tighten up and
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Celina Tent is used to erecting tents for military purposes. But over the past couple of
years, it has had to learn to work with a whole new roster of clients, including schools.
Photo: Celina Tent.
Employees at Outdoor Venture Corp. (OVC) test a new tent. OVC has presided over advances
in the tent cover components it makes, such as air-supported structures that have been
revised and improved to be more customer-friendly, as a result of experiences in the
Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Photo: Outdoor Venture Corp.
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