Storing Your Helicopter

December 1st, 2014

Erickson Air Crane and Creative Tent InternationalSeveral years ago Creative Tent International, Inc. worked with Erickson to provide a solution to store and maintain air cranes. Their fleet of helicopters is deployed all over the world to transport materials, aid in rescues, assist in a variety of construction uses and renovations. Fabric tension structures are just as portable as helicopters and provide protection as well as storage.


Sometimes permanent buildings are not feasible due to location, time, or money constraints. Relocatable, zero foot print, fabric tension structures are the next best alternative. As a result of our partnership with Erickson we realized the need for these types of structures in the aviation industry. We want to show you exactly how they can be used, the best climate and locations, innovative uses, and much more.


Much like the technology and engineering in aviation are constantly changing, the technology and engineering in fabric tension structures are also changing. For years, fabric tension structures have been used as “party tents” or industrial housing for the military during war time. However, the application of the Shasta Shelter® for aviation use is important to understand. Shasta Shelter® provides large volume, clear span structures with no internal columns or supports. They are configured based on your needs and can grow with you as your demand for storage or maintenance area increases.


The Shasta Shelter® series is a fully relocatable series of structures that are built to last many years. Our structures pack tight and small for the size and volume they give. Minimal containers and lighter shipping than comparable sized units allow you to ship valuable goods and more equipment. Shasta Shelter® is recognized for its quality, advanced engineering, field performance standards and price to value ratio. Equally, Shasta Shelter’s® interim relocatable shelters provide a smart and efficient solution to budget constraints – allowing quick start times.


All of our units are non-corrosive, mold resistant and are engineered to the International Building Code (IBC). They are designed to handle high wind and snow loads, are good for rugged and remote locations, and can be used for short or long-term projects. All of our structures are manufactured in the USA.

CTI Awarded GSA Service and Maintenance Contract

October 30th, 2014

Creative Tent awarded GSA Service Contract for shelters, tents and fabric structures

On August 5, 2014 Creative Tent International, Inc. was awarded an all-encompassing service and maintenance contract by the US Army. As the official US service team for all fabric shelters, systems, and tents sponsored and backed by the US Army we are able to service any of these structures you may have on your base or sitting in storage.

This contract is usable by any division of the US military, Department of Defense, and all federal agencies located within the continental United States and throughout the world. Our team is experienced and has high security clearance: we are able to go anywhere you have a need.

The contract scope includes: repair, maintenance, installation and disassembly services, inspections and consultations relating to all fabric shelters, systems, and tents. This includes evaluation of the current structure, recommendations for improvements, reconfigurations, and parts.

By using the GSA service contract, you are able to procure the service and support you require quickly and easily. To learn more about the contract or how we can assist you with your shelter system, tent or fabric structure give us a call at 702-789-2620.

You can also call toll free at 888-484-8368 or send an email to

CTI Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2014 with an Open House

October 27th, 2014

CTI Open house factory tourAfter 10 years of growth in Arizona, the owners of Creative Tent International, Inc. (CTI) Carol Fontius and Robert Stafford made the decision to move the company headquarters and manufacturing facility to Nevada. The decision was made after careful consideration so that the company could continue to grow, innovate, and expand. Through the help of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance and the City of Henderson we set up temporary offices in June of 2013.


In May of this year we began a 6 week process of moving our manufacturing facility to the Las Vegas valley. We are now settled into our new factory, located in Henderson, NV, where we will continue to grow and provide products and services of exceptional quality to our current and future customers.


On October 21, 2014 in conjunction with the Manufacturing Day celebration, we held an open house for our current customers, vendors, and partners, as well as, the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and the local government and media. We are excited about our new factory and wanted to share our excitement. As part of the festivities, we held tours that explain how our process works and why our customers can trust in our quality and products.


The Southern Nevada community has been incredibly welcoming and we are excited to be part of a growing economy. We look forward to many years here and continued growth.

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Happy Earth Day

April 22nd, 2014

Zero footprint tentsEach year we celebrate Earth Day. And each year we vow to plant a tree, create less garbage, and recycle more. Whatever the resolution, like New Years, it often fades quickly after the excitement of the day.

You may not know, but Earth Day began in 1970 after founder Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  This was the beginning of the modern day environmental movement – in a time when it was highly unpopular, not politically correct, and was the babble of hippies. Being front and center on the evening news was not the goal, but it certainly helped.  One senator’s decision to bring attention to an otherwise unrecognized problem, created a movement that has transformed industry, policy, and the mindset of Americans.

With all that in mind and with today’s celebration, we want to share a little about what we, as a company, are doing to celebrate Earth Day – everyday.

As tent designers and manufacturers, our owners, Carol Fontius and Bob Stafford have made it their mission to not only create a well-crafted, high quality fabric tent that is made in the United States, but to engineer a design that leaves a zero footprint.

This means that when the military, oil companies, or private companies install our tents in remote locations like deserts or jungles, or in an area where property is not owned but rented, when it’s time to leave, the Fastrack System or Shasta Shelter can be taken down, packed up, and all tent parts removed.

Because there is no need for foundations with our tent structures and many can be installed by manual labor with no heavy equipment necessary, we truly are environmentally friendly and will leave a zero footprint. For more about how are tents are installed click here.

Marines of Honor

April 8th, 2014


This month we are celebrating all things Military. This week, we are focusing on the USMC. Take a look at this info graphic by Julia Dye from Lead or Dye. She does a great job outlining Marines of Honor and some of the interesting facts that surround them.

Do you know a Marine of Honor? We would love to honor them here. Feel free to share their story, list their name or whatever you would like in the comment section.