Siblings Pam Romsa and Paul Perry have been in the tent business all their lives. Growing up, their family-owned a tent and awning company developed their experience and instilled a passion for the industry very early on. They now co-own Canvas Unlimited, an event rental company based out of Jackson, WY. The business serves a 120-mile radius and employs 25 staff during its busy season. Canvas Unlimited installs tents from 40′ wide to 80′ wide with the most common being a 60′ wide pole tent.
Canvas Unlimited specializes in weddings and nonprofit events, earning about 80% of its business from weddings. Events are often held in pristine locations where clients expect event rental companies to preserve their grounds. This was a challenge for the business, as heavy, traditional forklifts and loaders can readily damage golf courses or lawns.
A Powerful but Graceful Machine
At the IFAI Tent Expo in January 2015, Paul Perry spotted the Tent OX in action and was captivated by its compact, but powerful design.
“I was amazed by how smoothly the Tent OX maneuvered and its ability to handle a variety of jobs,” says Perry. “With its turf tires and full suite of tools, I knew we had to have one for our business.”
Perry placed an order for a Tent OX System in March 2015 and in April took delivery of a Tent OX System, including a four-wheel-drive articulated loader and several attachments. Two key crew leads spent just half a day out in a field practicing before they were ready to put their skills to use on the job site.
Doing More in Less Time
Now with the Tent OX on their team, Canvas Unlimited reduces their time on large jobs by 20%. “We still send the same number of crew to a job, but we go full force and move on to the next one in a fraction of the time,” explains Perry. “The Tent OX allows us to complete two or three jobs in a day!”
Perry adds, “We utilize the Tent OX stake driver, stake puller as well as the forks, but one of the most beneficial attachments for us is the OX Hook. We are saving huge amounts of time moving our 2000 lb lego blocks and doing it safely. We also use the OX Hitch to move trailers around our lot as well as on the job site.”
Canvas Unlimited crews are also able to use Tent OX for moving dance floors, tables and staging to minimize damage to property and injury to laborers.