August Rental Update: Rental Hall of Fame, Heavy Equipment Rentals, new site for RSC, and more

August 2009 Vol. 64 No. 8

During their annual meeting, a report was provided on The Global Rental Alliance International Rental Exchange pilot; intended to advance publicly through participants the Alliance goal to educate, advance careers in rental, and increase worldwide awareness of the equipment rental industry. Peter Maginnis, branch manager, American Rentals, South Gate, CA, was the first Exchange participant, working for Kennards Hire in Australia. With the knowledge gained from the pilot exchange, the program will continue to be developed; the Alliance members will consider nominees for future exchange opportunities. Administering the program is the ARA Foundation.

The Alliance has defined its February 2010 agenda to include more in-depth discussion of mutual issues and approaches when they meet in Orlando, FL. More formal documentation will be developed prior to that time, which will be communicated on The Global Rental Alliance Web site at www.GlobalRentalAlliance.com.

Volvo Rents opens center in NY
Volvo Construction Equipment Rents has opened a new Volvo Rents equipment rental center on the upper east side of Manhattan in New York City. It is the company’s fourth rental center in the state; others are in Rochester, Kingston and New Windsor.

William Ellis Partners Inc., owned by franchise principals William Ellis and Pat Lackey, opened its first Volvo Rents center in Langhorne, PA, in 2005 and a second store in Somerville NJ in 2007. The new Volvo Rents center located at 2162 2nd Ave. with the equipment yard at 119th Street & 1st Ave., an independent Veteran-owned franchise, will carry, in addition to Volvo construction equipment, a comprehensive line of essential equipment and tools for the construction, commercial, industrial and homeowner markets.

Principal Volvo products for its rental centers include its extensive line of compact excavators and wheel loaders, backhoes and skid steer loaders.

Sunbelt Rentals forms new Safety Training Group
Sunbelt Rentals has formed a new Safety Training Group to offer regularly scheduled operator training and “Train the Trainer” courses for Sunbelt Rentals’ customers.

Operator training classes utilize hands-on training focusing on safe operation of backhoe loaders, skid-steer loaders, trench shoring, fall protection and more. The company said that customers who train their own operators have found that this provides a high return for a company after a single investment in safety training.