Rochester, NY-based McCarthy Tents & Events was founded in 2008, and by the end of 2013, it was growing at a 30% annual rate. But while the company was growing, it was falling short of the profit levels it hoped to achieve, a victim of an industry where tools used by tent crews haven’t changed for decades.
“We couldn’t do much to automate installs and take downs,” explains Sean McCarthy, president of McCarthy Tents and Events. “And, we couldn’t bring forklifts on site in residential and semi-residential areas because they damage turf. Crews had to make several trips to transport materials. It was hard to keep up.”
Tent OX meets McCarthy’s challenge
In 2014, the company invested in the first of two Tent OX systems designed to help tent and party rental pros boost profits “It was the obvious that Tent OX could make our life easier,” McCarthy says.
Now, instead of hand carrying materials over surfaces that were off limits to heavy machinery, Tent OX zips materials to tent sites without damage to fine lawns. Installs and take downs are faster too, thanks to high-speed stake driving and pulling attachments, and push poles.
McCarthy offers a powerful before-and-after illustration of Tent OX labor savings. “We did a job with two 60-wides and three 40-wides a year before we got a Tent OX machine, and it took 11 hours and 14 guys to complete the setup. With Tent OX, we completed the exact same job in just 7.5 hours with 11 guys. That’s three fewer guys, and 4.5 fewer hours. Last Fall we saved around $8000 in temporary labor costs alone. Morale is up too, because Tent OX does so much of the hard physical work.”
Not just saving money. Making money
“Any machine that helps you out and saves time, does more than save money,” Sean McCarthy points out. “It makes money. You’ll easily save in labor what your Tent OX expenses will come too, with all expenses figured in. Tent OX is a different way of doing things.”