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.

Technology Helps Marines

April 7th, 2014

Marines use technology to help them in their mission.This week there was a post in the Marine Corps Times about how technology is changing the way the Marines operate. The Marine Corps is changing its image while following budgets cuts and adapting to the end of 2 long wars. This technology is part of that new image and will transform their ability to be prepared for missions by giving them real-time updates en route.

To aid them is one of three Ospreys that facilitate this communication. They are equipped with an encrypted internal wifi that allows the troops to receive data from an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that has sensors pointed directly at the target. This alone helps troops to be better prepared for the mission. Instead of boarding the plane and falling asleep, they are now alert and paying attention to what is happening in real time with the enemy.

To read the full story, click here.

Jet Observer features Shasta Shelter

April 3rd, 2014

this is a screen shot of an article from NAS OceanoThe Jet Observer posted an article this morning about Naval Air Station Oceana where sailors and marines are tested to ensure their mission readiness.

Creative Tent International, Inc. worked with them to ensure the right size, durability, and portability of the structure for the environment and needs.

These shelters are great for aircraft and vehicle maintenance as well as training and other personnel and storage facilities.

To read the whole story see the Jet Observer.

To learn more or to get a quote click here.

An Infographic about Manufacturing in the US

April 2nd, 2014

Tanisha Issacs put together this Info Graphic: Manufacturing in the United States

A survey of 360 executives of manufacturing firms across a range of industries was asked about their opinions toward manufacturing in the United States. Some of this information is presented in this nifty info graphic.

Manufacturing infographic

Infographic by Tanisha Isaacs