Founded in 1906, by Midway dry goods dealer, Edward Wise, the company has come a long way. Originally located at 159 E. Short St., the company grew out of the burley tobacco business. Wise began making covers for the horse-drawn wagons loaded with tobacco that came to Lexington’s warehouses every fall. From wagon covers, Wise moved to tents and awnings. The company grew to branches in Knoxville and Louisville. After Wise’s death in 1940, his son, the late Tom Wise, took over the business, and consolidated operations in Lexington. The company sells and manufactures a variety of products nationally, and internationally,for individuals, business, industries and organizations. Everything from specialty covers, for trucks, gym floors, and athletic fields to safety swimming pool covers, and heat and noise barriers for factories. Southern Tent made one of the first artificial breeding mares for Castleton Farms which was required for artificial insemination in the Standard bred industry. The company also provided safety wall padding, for Secretariat’s and Bold Bidder’s breeding sheds, as well as neo natal foal beds for area veterinary hospitals. Custom products of all types are a specialty. We are custom manufacturers of commercial and residential awnings. We can supply you with any size door, window, or patio awning, retractable or stationary.We specialize in commercial storefronts and shopping centers, using Sunbrella acrylic fabric, vinyl laminated fabric, standing seam metal and illuminated canopies, with signage and custom graphics.

We can supply everything from classic style awning frame hardware, to webbing and cordage, snaps, grommets, zippers, specialty thread, fabric yardage off the roll, and any other fabric or awning related findings.

We can use photographs or digital pictures, and show what an awning or sign application would look like for your home or building, including lettering, logos and nighttime illumination.

Southern Tent & Awning Company Established 1906. Quality Work, Regional and National Award Winning Design!

Our contact information

By email:
By standard mail:
539 E. Third Street
Lexington, KY 40508
By phone:
859-255-7772(between 8:00a.m. and 4:30p.m. EST
866-940-2766 toll free
859-259-9215 fax

Shipping Information: All standard methods of shipping, including Common Carrier. Product size, and quantity, will determine method.