old-mahaffey-fabric-structures-buildingMahaffey Fabric Structures, a privately owned company, has celebrated over 90 successful years of serving local, national and international clients.

In 1924, brothers Owen, Gene and Earl Mahaffey began making canvas tarpaulins, awnings and cotton pick sacks.

When a request came in 1929 for a tent, they obliged, only to have their client fail to pick it up. It remained unused until they received a call from the Tri-State Fair (now known as the Mid-South Fair). That call resulted in their first tent rental and the next phase of the business was formed.

In 1972, William F. Pretsch purchased the company from the Mahaffey family when the owner, Eldred “Red” Mahaffey, died in a private airplane accident. Pretsch immediately saw the benefits of the new clearspan structures he had seen in Europe and was the first to introduce them to the American market in 1982.

Their popularity was immediate and the company made the natural segue from tents to the large clearspan fabric structures that Mahaffey is well known for today.

Clearly established as leaders in the market, Mahaffey enjoyed tackling customer problems with revolutionary ideas. For example, the problems with traditional fabric walls were security issues, humid weather and too many bugs; Mahaffey designed special hard walls for the structures, which solved those issues. Today, our competitors are flattering us by mimicking the hard wall approach.

Mahaffey currently serves customers throughout North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond, installing as many as 400+ fabric structures in a typical year. When size is a factor, Mahaffey offers the largest rental structure in North America, 164′ wide x 300′ long, or large enough to cover a football field. We’d be happy to learn more about your needs.

Matt Hixson

Project Manager

Matt, an avid outdoorsman, enjoys working at Mahaffey because of the wide variety of project parameters and the flexible solutions he can provide for his clients.


Ethan Mathias

Project Manager 

Ethan's more than just an expert huntsman, he's also a valuable member of the Mahaffey team who's proven his dedication to customer relationships and project goals time and time again.


Mark Huels

Project Manager 

Mark "The Tent Guy" Huels is our Director of Special Events and has been with Mahaffey for over 25 years. A recent special event that Mark designed and managed was recognized with the IAA for design excellence and was awarded the top winner.


Kevin Ponder

Project Manager

Kevin Ponder has over 10 years of sales and project management experience in the tent and fabric structure industry.


Joe Berger

Project Manager – Northeast Office

His creativity and attention to detail enable him to develop long-lasting client relationships.


Mark Lewis

Project Manager

During his time at Mahafffey, Mark has managed life support provisions in technologically advanced military training exercises, configured fabric structure solutions for temporary fire departments, and has even provided structures on rails.


Camille Curry

Business Development Manager – Houston Office

Whether she's in a board room or a deer blind, Camille is always committed to excellence and providing customers with top notch, professional customer service.

Terry Logan

National Key Accounts Manager

As a Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) Certified professional, Terry is well versed in the planning and organizing of business processes—both single and multi-facility. 


Victoria Mariencheck

Special Events Project Manager

Victoria is our Special Events Project Manager with excellent design, organizational, and communication skills. Her outstanding background in the special event industry provides her clients with the unique ability to make ordinary events extraordinary and memorable. She thrives in exceeding her customer’s expectations.


Trip Gintz

Inside Sales Project Manager

Trip is our Inside Sales Project Manager with a long history of experience in the construction industry, including projects in the military, environmental, and industrial segments. Trip prides himself on providing creative solutions with rapid response times.