Windswept Entertainment and Events is located outside Pittsburgh in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Brothers Adam and Steve Ghrist co-own this successful family business that services weddings, corporate events and universities within a 150-mile radius. Like many businesses in the industry, Windswept frequently faced the problem of arriving on site for a job and encountering unexpected logistical challenges. As a result, the crew would often have to work longer and harder to adjust to the circumstances and complete a job.
“No matter how hard we tried to plan ahead,” explains Adam Ghrist, Co-Owner of Windswept Entertainment and Events, “we would arrive at a job to find that streets were blocked off, or perhaps there were areas they didn’t want dug up with heavy machines. Guys would have to carry things by hand.”
Windswept needed a versatile solution that would give them the flexibility required to deal with whatever situation they found when arriving on site.
A Machine Worth Buying Twice
In November 2014, Windswept found their solution with the Tent OX, becoming the third business to own one just months after it hit the market. Not even a year later, Windswept purchased another Tent OX to keep up with the growth of their business and to satisfy customer demand for the lightly treading Tent OX on job sites!
“Tent OX is one of the smoothest moving machines I have seen as far as not doing damage to property,” says Ghrist. “It’s changed the way we load and transport materials and allows us to drive in areas we couldn’t before for fear of causing damage.”
In addition to the benefit of Tent OX’s smooth moves, the machine’s high-speed stake driving ability was also a top selling point for Ghrist. He explains, “The OX Driver has saved my crew. There’s less injury and burnout now that we’re using Tent OX.”
Windswept: Accommodating a Last-minute Job with Tent OX
Ghrist shares a specific example of how his two-machine Tent OX operation won the day for Windswept:
“In 2015, on one of the busiest weeks of the year, we were maxed out with our crew. We got a call for a big job that needed an 80 x 130 tent installed that same day! With the Tent OX, we were able to load all the equipment and do the install with just four people. There’s no way we could have taken on that job before!”