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Are Your Tie-Off Safety Standards Evolving? Fall Prevention is a Critical Component of Fabric Structures

 

Do you strive to only deliver the bare minimum to your customers? Neither do we. In fact, we frequently see our clients and our own crew go above and beyond in their on-site safety standards—even exceeding OSHA requirements.

Topics: MTS Project Management Mahaffey Fabric Structures Fall Prevention

Engineering Safety Key for Weathering Extreme Conditions

The following article was originally published in the May 2018 edition of BIC Magazine.

When people ask about factors affecting oil prices, industry vets often point to three things: taxes, politics, and weather. As the U.S. Energy Information Administration puts it: Worldwide supply and demand determines the prices for crude oil; demand varies depending on factors like the economy and the weather, and weather events in the United States and political events in other countries affect supply.

Topics: BIC Magazine Industry News

6 Ways to Avoid Hiring the Wrong Fabric Structure Vendor

Whether you are new to clearspan fabric structures or are a seasoned pro, selecting a company to install one is a big decision. Pick the wrong vendor, and you’re at risk for unnecessary and expensive delays in your project.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure

Manufacturing Growth in the Third Industrial Revolution Creates Demand for Continuity Solutions

Over the past 25 years, exports of U.S.-manufactured goods have quadrupled, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. And, it’s not expected to slow down any time soon. Manufacturing is booming in the Third Industrial Revolution as new technologies drive significant efficiency gains and demand for a highly-skilled labor pool. What does this kind of growth look like? According to the Manuf acturing Institute, over the next seven years, an estimated 3.5 million high-skill manufacturing jobs will be created.
Topics: Industrial Information Warehouses and Storage Mahaffey Fabric Structures productivity

Choosing the Right Flooring Option for Your Fabric Building

When it comes to flooring for your temporary fabric structure, you have a lot of options to consider. The first is whether your project requires flooring at all.

Topics: Mahaffey Fabric Structures flooring

Host an Amazing Event with Fabric Structures, Regardless of Weather Plans

 

When planning for an event, an organizer can typically control and account for just about anything and everything – the number of attendees, where guests will sit, how they will sit, what will they eat, where will guests enter and exit. Everything is expertly planned. Everything, that is, except for the weather.

Topics: Extreme Weather Structures Project Management productivity

Best Practices to Stand-Out at Trade Shows with a Temporary Structure

If a business wishes to reach a large audience when promoting their products or services, they typically need to advertise across multiple different channels. There is one exception to this rule: trade shows and expositions. Both trade shows and expositions bring together a large audience with a built-in interest in a specific topic, creating the opportunity for businesses to reach a lot of people in one central location. A lot of resources go into exhibiting at a trade show, and companies need to be diligent and intentional when preparing to attend a trade show or exhibition.

Topics: trade show

Expert Q&A: Maximizing Energy Efficiency in Temporary Fabric Structures

Facilities managers are always looking for new strategies to save energy and cut costs. According to Energy Star, the average commercial building wastes 30 percent of its energy consumption due to inefficiencies. This hits operations where it hurts—the bottom line.

Turnkey fabric structures offer a wide variety of amenities, like climate control and lighting options, to keep your crews comfortable, your materials protected, and your overall energy expenses in check. Selecting the right amenities for your project and properly maintaining them is key to maximizing energy efficiency in your temporary structure. 

Topics: Leasing Vs Purchasing Warehouses and Storage Manufacturing Project Management fabric structures energy efficiency

History in the Making: Temporary Fabric Structure Innovations, Part 2

In 2007, Mahaffey installed the world’s tallest clearspan structure to cover a 777 jet.

Over the course of our 94-year history, Mahaffey has developed a legacy of innovation by tackling our customers’ problems with state-of-the art ideas and solutions. These innovations have also become meaningful industry contributions. In Part 1 of this series, we shared Mahaffey’s breakthrough solutions from our first five decades, like the development of the first mechanical post driver.

As a more recent example, in 1999 Mahaffey was the first to use insulated guardian steel sidewalls on temporary fabric structures. This design—first used on an on-location movie set—was a solution for our client’s unique security needs. Today, many of our competitors mimic this ingenious hard wall approach. 

In Part 2 of this series, learn about Mahaffey’s game-changing innovations over the past four decades, each custom-designed to address the unique needs and ever-arising challenges of our customers.

Topics: Concert Venue Construction and Maintenance Covers Mahaffey Fabric Structures fabric structures

History in the Making: Temporary Fabric Structure Innovations, Part 1

“There’s a way to do it better. Find it.” These words, attributed to Thomas Edison, are a solid reminder that if you’re doing things the way they’ve always been done, there’s almost certainly a better way.

Consider a time when massive, solid 40-foot posts used to support pole tents were put up completely manually by a large crew using little more than a lot of rope. Sure, it worked. But in 1939, Mahaffey found a way to improve the process. And this improvement resulted in a better end-product and reduced installation time as well as cost-savings for the customer.

One seemingly cardinal business truth that has stood the test of time is: Companies that stand still risk extinction. Customers rightfully expect more from their suppliers and service-providers. Innovative companies are successful because they deliver the superior products and services their customers are looking for.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, learn about Mahaffey’s first 50 years of innovative solutions. These solutions revolutionized what customers have come to expect from a temporary structure provider.

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