The annual assembly of a towering tree made of portable restrooms has become a community attraction
When the winter winds blow and the schedule of special events slows, many portable restroom operators gather up their idle units and tuck them away for a break in the action and maybe some maintenance for the coming year.
But at JOTS Rentals in Longview, Texas, Chris Stuckey has his crew collect some of the best and brightest of their special events restrooms to assemble a Christmas display in the East Texas city. The JOTS crew erects a six-tier tower of PolyPortable Platinum Vantage units to form a Christmas tree complete with twinkling strands of lights and a jolly old elf dressed in red peeking out of the top unit.
The tree is assembled with the support of equipment borrowed from JOTS' sister company, AP Rentals, which serves the construction and manufacturing industries in East Texas. JOTS borrows equipment including scaffolding, a platform trailer, a scissor lift and a high-reaching fork lift.
Stuckey, who is the grandson of one of the company founders and general manager of the JOTS division, says the "potty tree" has become a holiday tradition, with many families going out of their way to see the tree standing on a storage lot adjacent to the building shared by JOTS and AP Rentals.
He says photos of the tree on the company's Facebook page attract comments from people in every corner of the country, and that television news shows from East Texas to Bismarck, North Dakota, have aired stories featuring the tree.
Photos by Andrew Fields