Blood’s Catering and Party Rentals is a third-generation family-owned business founded in 1947. Headquartered in White River Junction, Vermont, Blood’s employs a crew of 25 people and serves clients mostly within a 100-mile radius. Each year they carry out a near equal mix of weddings and school/graduations events. To get through their busiest weeks during the summer, the company relies heavily upon college student labor to meet demand. But outside of summer, Blood’s struggles to find enough labor to keep up with their spring and fall jobs.
Brendon Blood, President of Blood’s Catering, explains, “There was a time when we had to turn down jobs due to a lack of labor. I knew my crew would dread seeing a big job on the schedule, knowing it would require a day’s worth of back-breaking work.”
At the 2016 ARA Rental Show in February, Brendon sat in a Tent OX for the first time. At that point he didn’t think it was something he could afford to invest in right away. But as he considered productivity advantages Tent OX could bring to the way his crews operated on site, he concluded that if the Tent OX could do the work of even just two employees, it was an investment that would easily pay for itself. The business couldn’t afford not to own a Tent OX, he decided, given the company’s struggle with seasonal labor.
By April, Blood’s had their very own Tent OX System, with an Avant model 528 and a suite of attachments including the OX Fork, OX Puller and OX Driver. Now, more than a year after incorporating Tent OX into his business, productivity is up substantially, putting the company in a better position to take on more work and enhance revenue. Brendon reflects upon the power of this versatile tool with this example:
“Last fall, Tent OX System allowed us to take on two weddings in the same day, each requiring the setup of a 60-wide tent. Never before could we have pulled that off.” Brendon goes on to add, “I never have to worry about my crew overloading their schedule anymore. I can take on those extra jobs because I know I have Tent OX.”
Creating more job opportunities was Brendon’s primary reason to invest in the Tent OX System; however, he has found additional capabilities that pay further. For example, Tent OX System serves a valuable purpose in the off-season because of the four-wheel-drive machine’s impressive ability to move snow. The heated seat for cold-weather work is a plus, too.
Tent OX System has also helped Blood’s create a safer work environment. “We have a lot of hills in Vermont and one job site was particularly challenging,” Brendon explains. “Tent OX moved materials up and down steep hills with ease. Without it, my crew would have been forced to use hand trucks which would have been both strenuous and dangerous.”