Newport Tent Company was founded by Mike Corcoran in 1971, uncle to current General Manager/VP of Newport Tent, Bill Corcoran. Mike was an auctioneer and purchased his first tent for one of his auctions, hiring several of his nephews (including Bill) and nieces to install it. After the installation, Mike would take the kids to the Newport Creamery for their payment and they all thought it was the greatest thing in the world.
In the 1970's, there was a great amount of hype surrounding the filming in Newport of The Great Gatsby. The filmmakers were looking for someone locally who had tents that could be used for the film. While Mike's tents weren't "movie quality", he sourced what they needed from Anchor Industries in Indiana, who still makes the majority of our tents. Once filming was complete, Mike had added a number of high-quality tents into his inventory, which were suitable for functions such as weddings and other gala events. From there, the business just kept on growing and growing.
In 1998, Mike approached Bill with a proposition asking if he would be interested in purchasing the company, as Mike had just turned 70 and the auction business was booming and taking more of his time and the tent company was also growing, resulting in the two businesses consuming too much time to effectively manage both. Mike knew that Bill loved working for the tent company and wanted it to stay in the family.
Bill left his work as a lawyer and never looked back. As the industry continually changes, Bill has kept Newport Tent as one of the frontiers. This includes his decision in 2019 to join the PEAK Event Services Family.
“For more than a decade, Newport Tent Company and PEAK Event Services have worked hand in hand on area events,” says Bill Corcoran, General Manager/VP of Newport Tent. “Our product offerings and dedication to our customers have complemented each other and we are excited to now be able to offer clients a one-stop solution for all their event rental needs.”
As a division of PEAK, Newport Tent clients will now have direct access to more expansive tent rental options, and the region’s largest selection of tables, chairs, specialty linens, china and furniture, making it easier than ever to plan, design and execute memorable events.
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Newport Tent is located at 27 Highpoint Ave, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Click here for directions.