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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.

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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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Using a Concrete Foundation with Temporary Structures

One reason temporary fabric structures work well for so many industries and applications is because they are so flexible. They can vary greatly in size and features, and they can also be installed on nearly any available ground surface. Although many people choose to install their temporary structure on dirt, gravel or existing asphalt, in some cases, a concrete foundation provides enhanced usability, extra stability, or unique features.

Topics: Mahaffey Fabric Structures fabric structures

{Behind the Scenes} The Mahaffey Fabric Structures Drying System

When it comes to temporary structures, fabric has a BIG job to do. When tough, durable industrial structure fabric is attached to an engineered frame, it provides total protection from the elements. This includes inhibiting wind from blowing through the structure, maintaining a comfortable climate inside, and bearing the weight of snow loads of up to 30 lb. per sq. foot.

Topics: Industrial Information Mahaffey Fabric Structures

A Guide to Pole Tents and Engineered Fabric Structures

In our industry, we know how important it is to have the right tool for the job. Tools perform best when they are used for their intended purposes. You wouldn’t use a carpenter’s hammer to knock down a wall any more than you would reach for a sledgehammer to drive a small nail to hang a picture. This also applies to selecting the right temporary structure.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Fabric Buildings Mahaffey Fabric Structures

Setting a Good Foundation for your Temporary Fabric Structures

You probably already know temporary fabric structures offer you immediate solutions and great flexibility, but before you design your building solution, follow the old advice to start from the ground up. Unlike traditional buildings which have very specific foundation requirements, temporary fabric structures and semi-permanent buildings, like temporary warehouses, can often be built on any ground surface – from concrete and asphalt to gravel, dirt or even packed sand.

Topics: Industrial Information Construction Mahaffey Fabric Structures

Factors to Consider When Installing Temporary Warehouse Structures

It’s said the details are in the design. So, what are the key elements that need to be considered when constructing a temporary fabric structure, like a temporary warehouse? No matter how tall, long or wide, you want to work with a company that can customize any structure to meet the needs of your project. You should be dealing with highly-trained professionals who have the expertise to install a temporary facility on any foundation, and the structure should be engineered to withstand the elements.

Topics: Industrial Lunch Tent Industrial Information Clearspan Tent Mahaffey Fabric Structures

Expert Q&A: CAD Drawings

Samantha Burks, Mahaffey’s own certified drafter and CAD technician, took a moment to share her expertise on the ins and outs of computer-aided design (CAD) when it comes to installing custom fabric structures.

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Mahaffey Fabric Structures Celebrates 5 years on Inc. 5000 List

For the fifth year,  Inc. Magazine named Mahaffey Fabric Structures to its annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. 

Topics: Mahaffey Fabric Structures Awards