David Bradley

General Manager- Manufacturing

David Bradley began his illustrious career in the tent industry at Academy Tent in 1987 as head of the tent and awning manufacturing division. “I came to California to run a 10K race with my brother” Bradley recounted. “I stayed a few days to look at the job market and stumbled upon Academy Tent, and took a new job in just a few days. Within a month my wife and I sold our home in Illinois, loaded up the kids and the car, and moved to southern California to become part of the tent industry.”

A northern Illinois native, Bradley started his career in production and inventory control for Barber Greene, a heavy equipment manufacturer, now a division of Caterpillar Tractor. “I married a local girl, Ann, my wife of almost forty years and started a family with two sons” states Bradley, an Aurora University graduate with a BA in Business Administration.

Dave joined the Aztec Team in 2004 to oversee manufacturing operations. One of his initial challenges was to blend the Aztec and Academy manufacturing staff and processes, and get moved into a new 38,000 square foot facility. Within four years, Aztec outgrew that facility and found an additional 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space just down the street where all the fabric manufacturing, sales and support staff currently reside.

“Dave is always there when I have complicated questions, and he always has an answer for me.” says Helen Melnyk, Senior Sales Representative, “I don’t know what I would do if he wasn’t there to run my crazy ideas by him. Aztec Tents would not be the company it is today without Dave’s attention to details, and the high standards he places upon the Production Department. Dave is a great asset to the Aztec Family.”

When Bradley is not at work, he spends time with friends and family, his Jindo dog, playing golf or at his mountain cabin in Big Bear Lake.

“It’s always a thrill when a challenging tent project is successfully completed” says Bradley “Whether it’s a new product or when we can help a customer make the ‘impossible’ job happen on time”

Send Dave a message: d.bradley@aztectent.com

Frame Tents

Frame Tents feature a skeleton of aluminum framework and steel connectors to support the tent top. Although this style of tent is "free-standing" by design, it still must be anchored to resist wind forces. All styles of frame tents have no poles that come to the ground in the interior space of the tent.

Frame Tents

Pole Tents

Pole tents rely on tension in the membrane to hold the shape of the tent system. These tents are supported by single or multiple centerpoles in the middle of the tent area and a series of sidepoles around the perimeter of the tent area. The tent is tensioned toward the anchoring locations commonly with a rope or ratchet strap.

Pole Tents

Clearspan Structures

Similar to Frame Tents, these types of frame supported structures have no interior posts or columns. The unique attribute that Clearspan Structures hold is their ability to span quite large distances without interior posts and also without external guying. Generally, these structures are built for higher loading applications and larger span sizes.

Clearspan Structures

Compatible Plus

'Compatible-Plus®' products are aesthetically and structurally indistinguishable from their competitive counterparts. However, the new series have been re-engineered, incorporating proprietary improvements to their structural quality and integrity. These options allow the tent industry customers to purchase from the vendor they deem best.

Compatible Plus

Accessories

Accessories include liners, legs skirts, doors, raingutters, and materials for repair & replacement parts

Accessories

Specialty Tents

These products are geared for specific applications and are often seen as non-mainstream products. Generally these products are built on an as needed basis and are generally not "on the shelf".

Specialty Tents

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