May Rental News: United Rentals offers 0%; ARA aligns with True Value; Global Rental Alliance promotes industry worldwide

May 2010 Vol. 65 No. 5

Global Rental Alliance promotes industry
The Global Rental Alliance held its eighth annual meeting in February in Orlando, FL, where representatives from 37 countries were in attendance for The Rental Show 2010. Discussion focused on the current economic environment and future projections for rental businesses represented by each of the organizations. Additional topics included insurance, safety/risk management, sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and equipment theft prevention and recovery, areas in which the organizations share information and work together for the collective good of their members.

The Global Rental Alliance is a partnership among seven rental/hire organizations throughout the world, including the Canadian Rental Association, DLR (France), European Rental Association, Hire & Rental Industry Association (Australia), Hire Association Europe, Hire Industry Association of New Zealand and American Rental Association (ARA). The purpose of the alliance is to increase the profile of equipment rental worldwide and build global understanding.

During the meeting, the members determined next steps for the Global Rental Alliance International Rental/Hire Exchange Program, administered by the ARA Foundation. The program advances publicly through participants the Alliance goal to educate, promote careers in rental and build leadership for the industry, increasing worldwide awareness through individuals of the equipment rental industry. The program, which debuted in late 2008, has supported three international exchanges to date. Future exchanges are being planned for the fall of 2010.

The alliance organizations meet as a group formally on a semi-annual basis and share information on initiatives throughout the year. This has brought about an increased awareness of overall priorities internationally, which serves to strengthen both the strategic outlook and the collective resources of each association within the alliance.

Trench Plate Rental provides diversity, expanded product line
Trench Plate Rental Co. (TPR) has grown substantially since its early days of only providing “Trench Plates” from which it derived its name. Since 1979, TPR has provided traffic control, slide rail shoring systems, steel and aluminum boxes, hydraulic shoring, shoring beams, pipe plugs, Competent Person and Flagger Training, including Confined Space & Fall Protection.

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