Sprung Structures’ 13-decade history began in 1887, designing and producing custom canvas products for gold prospectors and cowboys in need of tents and chuckwagons. The Sprung family of inventors innovated and improved the technology over the years, applying it for structures in multiple industries including military bases, schools, hospitals, sports arenas, fabrication plants, warehouses and now, soundstages
We pioneered a fabric structure like no other
It all started in the late 19th century, when our ancestors began experimenting with techniques and materials to create uniquely tough canvas wall tents, chuckwagon covers, mattresses and more. They refined the process so that the fabric could stand up to the rigors of the new world.
Applications for the Sprung-invented fabric membrane technology soon began to expand, as did demand outside of the North American west, where Sprung Structures was founded. Launched in 1887, our proud family business—and our commitment to technology, innovation, and research and development—has been passed down from one generation to another.
Nobody knows fabric structures like Sprung does
Today, Sprung is best known for delivering faster and better building solutions through our patented, tensioned membrane technology. Sprung structures are engineered to adapt to almost any climate, design requirement and budget.
Currently, more than 13,000 Sprung structures are being used in a variety of applications, in over 100 countries, by many of the world’s largest and most innovative organizations. With manufacturing and distribution centers in North America and the Middle East, and offices around the globe, we bring regional, face-to-face solutions that online distributors cannot offer.
From one generation to the next, we have remained dedicated to following through with innovative building solutions that consistently deliver the Sprung Advantage: rapid construction capabilities, total design flexibility, exceptional durability and performance, and lower overall costs.
Celebrating 135 Years
The Sprung Group of Companies celebrates over 135 years of innovation and customer service. We’ve come a long way but we continue to hold the values from our humble beginnings; hard work and innovation lead to unsurpassed quality and customer satisfaction. We take pride in our history, and we’re proud of everything we do today.
Selling to a wide territory, from Western Saskatchewan to Eastern British Columbia, Western tent & Mattress Co. grew quickly. They manufactured tents, teepees, awnings, wagon covers, flags, tarpaulins, camp beds, furniture, and blankets in the canvas department while the bedding department sold iron and brass beds, springs, cots, iron couches, pillows, and mattresses. Such an extensive product line required vast amounts of floor space, roughly 27,000 square feet, between 3 factories and warehouses. Western Tent & Mattress Co. was regarded as one of Calgary’s most progressive and reliable business firms.
Though Sprung-Clindinin sold many products over the years, none were so popular as their down jackets. Considered to be a staple in chilly environments, the sales of these coats caused Sprung-Clindinin to be one of the largest purchasers of down in North America. By the mid 1970s, innovations had been made in winter synthetics allowing garments to become more technological. These advances were coupled with increased demand by consumers for high fashion sportswear. As a result, Sprung Ski Wear was created to fill the niche.
New innovative fabrics were coming on the market with the introduction of Gortex and other waterproof and windproof fabrics. Phil’s daughter Kerri Lynn Sprung returned from university with a passion for fashion with function and re-branded the Sprung Clindin name, to Sprung Sportswear. Soon Sprung was aggressively working on R and D for the technical clothing line outfitting Provincial and National Ski Teams. Sprung Skiwear was the proud sponsor of the 1988 Olympics, with countless teams and television networks adorning Sprung on live TV.
July 26, 1971, Philip Davis applied for his first patents for this invention. The Stressed Membrane Structure.
Before long, Sprung Instant Structures operated internationally. As the technology progressed the engineered structure garnered a reputation that redefined the ‘tent’ concept. They were utilized for numerous applications such as mining and construction shelters, military storage facilities, sports arenas, exposition centers, and widely in the natural resource sector.
In 2016 the 5th generation joined the company as Philip Donald Sprung’s daughter Shelbi Sprung and Kerri Sprung-Avery’s son Davis Donald Avery started working for Sprung. In 2019, Maclean Sprung, Tim Sprung’s son, also joined the company.