Spend enough talking to Steve Voisin about his business and you’ll invariably hear about his luck and good fortune.
Is it that time of year already? As Dave Mintenko’s year as president of the CRA board of directors is almost up, it’s soon time for vice-president Tim Ranson’s presidential term to commence. As usual, the inauguration takes place at The Rental Show, which happens to be in Atlanta this February, and Ranson sounds ready.
If fate were kind, it would have written a more fitting ending for The Absolute Group of Companies. After nearly two decades in business, the Toronto-based rental giant voluntarily ceased operations in April after co-owners Paul Kenyon and Henry Mahdi were unable to reach an amicable agreement to buy one another out.
Let’s say you are a homeowner in Saskatoon. You’re building your dream home, or doing a renovation, maybe some landscaping. You can’t get anybody to help you because the construction industry in Saskatoon is booming and nobody is available.
A strong partnership between the owners, good business sense, and a work environment that makes for happy and loyal employees – all of these things and more have added up to success for Rental Village.
It’s not every year one gets to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one’s own business. But Lift Services Inc. has been giving Windsorites a boost for the past decade, as of this upcoming August.
Commuters in the small communities around Halifax can turn to one rental store brand for everything from excavators to lobster pots thanks to Alan Soulsby and the team at Bay Equipment Rentals.
Things are sort of bananas at Little Monkey Rentals – the home-based business of Scott Welsman and Jennifer MacLean. The married couple, who live in Saanich, near Victoria, are partners in a business that rents infants’ and children’s gear like car seats, cribs, strollers and even toys.
What is 113 years old and goes really fast? Answer: Raymond Brothers, the tent and event rental store owned by the supercharged Jacobs family in London, Ont.
The striking orange and black sign quickly becomes visible while driving up St. Amable, Que.,’s main street as it starkly contrasts with the day’s abundant snow fall. Cornering the intersection between the street and the small parking lot, a yellow mid-size John Deer loader and a pick-up truck rigged with a plow on the front bumper act as inanimate greeters.
If there’s one way to celebrate becoming the new president of the Canadian Rental Association, travelling to New Orleans for Mardi Gras is not a bad option.
With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, you can go home again. Rick Moss, formerly of downtown Toronto, currently of central Newfoundland, is a case in point.
February 8, 2016 - The Genie® GTH™-844 rough terrain telehandler now comes with a 74-hp (55 kW), Tier 4 Final engine option.
February 8, 2016 - Sullair, an industry supplier of compressed air solutions since 1965, will be showcasing several new products and services at The ARA Rental Show in Atlanta February 21-24, 2016.
February 5, 2016 - Hilti (Canada) Corp. was awarded the 2015 “Best of the Best” Innovation Award by the Toronto Construction Association. 
February 3, 2016 - Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, according to OSHA.
January 27, 2016 - Tsurumi Pump will exhibit a variety of its products at the 2016 American Rental Association (ARA) Rental Show in Atlanta, Georgia from February 21 – 24.
January 25, 2016 - Linamar Corporation’s Skyjack division will unveil three new products at The Rental Show 2016.
January 21, 2016 - Doosan Portable Power has introduced paralleling capabilities for the NG225 and NG295 models of its popular natural gas generator product line.
January 21, 2016 - Haulotte Group expands its offering of telehandlers that now includes three ranges.
January 14, 2016 - Steqcan is now an authorized importer and distributor of GiANT products. 
January 6, 2016 - Snorkel will display its product line at The Rental Show in Atlanta, showcasing the production version of the new Snorkel 660SJ telescopic boom lift.
December 23, 2015 - Allmand has expanded its current line of diesel light towers with the introduction of the Night-Lite NL5000 60Hz light tower.
December 8, 2015 - Generac Mobile Products, a leading designer and manufacturer of mobile backup power generators, heaters and light towers, unveiled the new MGG450 from Generac Magnum.
Feb. 9, 2016 - Fuels Learning Centre, in partnership with L.B. White and the Canadian Rental Mart, will offer show attendees a chance to obtain valuable expert training in safe propane heater fueling at no charge. Students attending the four-hour course on March 9 at the Toronto Congress Centre will be issued a Record of Training certifying them to hook up propane fuel sources in their province.
In a world where you can buy equipment from your desk with the click of a button, trade shows need to offer more than just a chance to browse product.
Jan. 26 - The Canadian Rental Mart is spicing up its offering to rental store attendees with free lift training. Pat Lipscomb of Occupational Safety Group will train attendees in all aspects of safe operation of aerial work platforms in the free, hands-on, eight-hour course. Course participants will receive documentation recognized by provincial labour safety authorities confirming they are trained in safe AWP operation. Labour regulations in Ontario and other jurisdictions now require anyone operating a lift device to have proof of safety training. Rental Mart training is provided free courtesy of Haulotte.
Jan. 26, 2016 - The Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show returns to the Moncton Coliseum Complex this spring, celebrating 30 years as a pillar of the industry. Taking place April 7th and 8th, 2016, this event is Atlantic Canada's most comprehensive heavy equipment show.
Jan. 26, 2016 - The B.C. Canadian Rental Association put on another lively show at the Cloverdale Agriplex in Langley, B.C., last weekend. Over 100 attendees toured 40 exhibitors in a new venue – the much larger main Agriplex building. The effect was a more open and inviting show floor with improved sight lines. The show began on the Friday afternoon and ran through Saturday, ending with the CRA B.C. banquet on Saturday evening. Banquet-goers were entertained by Billy Bagpipes and heard speeches from Jim Clipperton of Nor-Val Rentals, the local president; Angie Venekamp of Rental Network, the B.C. national director; and Tim Ranson of Cat Rentals in Edmonton, the national CRA president.
Jan. 12, 2016 - An new online service, KWIPPED, has created an Expedia-like online marketplace for consumers and contractors seeking equipment rentals. KWIPPED CEO Robert Preville will give an educational presentation at the Canadian Rental Mart on March 8 at 9:00 a.m. informing Canadian rental operators how they can profit from this innovative new service.
Dec. 15, 2015 - Registration is now open for the 2016 World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Academy & Expo. Registering in advance for the co-located exhibitions saves time and money. One registration covers both shows.
Dec. 7, 2015 - Doosan will display a variety of heavy equipment in its booth — C5487 — in the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the annual World of Concrete in Las Vegas, February 2 – 5, 2016.
December 2, 2015 - Point of Rental® Software, Inc., a provider of award-winning rental and inventory management software, saw a record high attendance at its sold out International Conference, which is hosted annually each fall.
Oct. 23, 2015 - Organizers and supporters of Crane & Rigging Conference Canada announce the full agenda of presentations, workshops, and panel discussions for the Nov. 9-10, 2015 event. Next month, safety and risk managers, crane and rigging supervisors, project managers, and crane owners will convene in Edmonton, Alberta. Offering a collaborative environment, the two-day conference is supported by the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council, LEEA, and other owner, training, union, and credentialing organizations.
Oct. 23, 2015 - Strong exhibitor support has propelled World of Asphalt 2016 to record-breaking size with the show still five months away. Attendees will find more new companies and more of the latest equipment, products and technologies to examine and compare across more than 97,000 net square feet of exhibits.
Oct. 5, 2015 - ICUEE 2015, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, has set a show record as the largest ever with more than 18,000 registered attendees, and surpassing the last show by 13 percent. ICUEE 2015 runs September 29 - October 1, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
This year we have experienced changes in federal and provincial government, dropping U.S. exchange rates, and a downturn in economic activity in most regions creating a changing competitive landscape. These pressures are always present at some level, and they have created a difficult road for those in the rental industry and indirectly with our suppliers.
Jan. 26, 2016 - CRA Ontario held its January meeting last Wednesday evening at Stanmore Equipment, makers of the Load Lifter line of rough-terrain fork trucks and telehandlers. About 50 members toured the Stoufville, Ont., facility, taking in the impressive Load Lifter parts warehouse and manufacturing facility that operates in tandem with Stanmore's repair and rental operation. Many attendees expressed their satisfaction with seeing a Canadian machinery manufacturer enjoying such international success.The plant tour was followed by a buffet dinner then a very informative presentation by David Watt, chief economist for HSBC.
Jan. 4, 2016 - The Canadian Rental Association has released its year-end newsletter, with information on upcoming events and messages from association locals around the country. The newsletter also announces that the association will celebrate its 50th year in existence in 2016, and invites CRA members to submit their photos and stories to a special email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Nov. 27, 2015 - Canadian Rental Association Ontario members held their November meeting at Mclean Sherwood Event Rental in Brampton, Ont. About 30 members toured the 30,000-square-foot facility, appreciating the Christmas-themed rustic table settings in the showroom and taking in the well-organized warehouse full of dishware, tables, chairs, tents and featuring a large tent-washing area and linen press. The group then moved to a novel dining room set up under a tent erected indoors and enjoyed a buffet dinner then a Jeopardy-style game where national managing director, Nathlie McGregor, tested members' knowledge of CRA services.
Hello, all. In keeping my finest tardiness form and after several “friendly” reminders from Patrick Flannery this is my farewell/au revoir message as the outgoing president for Canadian Rental Association.
Nov. 16, 2015 - Philip Lavigne of S.O.S. Location Industrie in St. Jean Sur Le Richelieu, Que., will be named 2015 Region 10 Person of the Year at the American Rental Association's Rental Show in February. Canada constitutes Region 10 within the American Rental Association, and the Person-of-the-Year award recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the association and the rental industry on the regional, provincial or local levels.
Nov. 3, 2015 - The group of 21 rental business owners that gathered together during March 1955 in Moline, Ill., and created what today is the American Rental Association (ARA) knew they could gain knowledge from each other and improve their own rental companies with their new wisdom. As ARA prepares to honor its 60th anniversary with a celebration at The Rental Show 2016 in Atlanta, the two rental leaders who will become the latest inductees into the Rental Hall of Fame have built long, influential careers based on sharing the knowledge they’ve gained to help others create their own business success.
Oct. 23, 2015 - The sun was shining on September 21st as Jeff Cambell of St. Thomas Rent-all welcomed fellow rental operators and suppliers to his new location on the west end of St Thomas on Highway 3. The company moved earlier in 2015 to this new, larger and more geographically convenient location. Campbell led the tour though his front counter, warehouse and repair facility and showed off the expansive outdoor storage area.
Sept. 28, 2015 - CRA Members and Associates this is a reminder that nominations for the CRA Award of Merit must be submitted by September 30th to be considered for induction at the 2016 AGM during The Rental Show in Atlanta.
Sept. 18, 2015 - Major rental equipment dealers and manufacturers showed their strong support for the industry with some eye-catching donations to the Ontario Canadian Rental Association's annual golf tournament, held Sept. 15 at Springfield Golf and Country Club in Guelph, Ont. About 80 golfers enjoyed absolutely perfect weather and great conditions for the scramble.
As I write this, I am recovering from taking a few days of vacation this past week and getting my fill of golf in. One of the highlights of the past week was participating in the Manitoba Local Golf tourney which was held at Southwood Golf and Country Club on August 20. While the tourney was quaint in size, it is still one of the tournaments I have the most fun at.
It is hard to believe once again that summer is in its twilight stages. Don’t blink too quick or it will be gone completely. I have always found September to be a great time to start action plans and following through on the – wait for it – winter season.
As time goes on, we become less and less inclined to deal with old accounts receivable, otherwise known as bad debt. Pretty soon, the account is over 90 days old and there is no real prospect of it getting paid. Rather than simply lamenting the impact on your cash flow, you should do something about it. In this arena, action gets results. Inaction on your part will more than likely not yield anything positive for your organization.
It’s our first issue of another new year...but not just any new year. This year, 2016, marks Canadian Rental Service’s 40th year in print.
Dec. 15, 2015 - British Columbia will be the only province expected to post growth of better than 3 per cent over the next two years. According to The Conference Board of Canada's latest Provincial Outlook, real GDP is forecast to grow 3.1 per cent this year and 3.6 per cent in 2016.
Dec. 15, 2015 - The American Rental Association (ARA) latest forecast calls for equipment rental industry revenue growth in the United States of 6.7 percent in 2016 and 2017, 6.2 percent in 2018 and 5.8 percent in 2019 to reach $48.7 billion.
In today’s day and age there are so many different methods and strategies to communicate safety. It’s important that thought is given as to which methods or approaches are required for specific situations and that barriers to effective communication are understood so we don’t get caught up in avoidable communication pitfalls. 
When it comes to the costs of pursuing legal action, there are at least three elements to consider when deciding whether to pursue someone in court. The first is your actual out-of-pocket costs. You must determine how much it is going to cost you to hire a lawyer.
October 21, 2015 - Eye Trax jobsite security cameras can be monitored and programmed through Eye Trax’s exclusive User Interactive Mobile Application.
Sept. 28, 2015 - Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment declined 17 percent for the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014, with a total $7.4 billion shipped to global markets.
The numbers are staggering! Slips, trips and falls account for approximately 42,000 annual incidents in Canada. These incidents account for about 17 per cent of the “lost time injuries” accepted by workers’ compensation boards across Canada, according to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada.
Our rental store profile this issue is a little different. Usually, Canadian Rental Service focuses on a going concern in the rental industry. This time, we are taking an in-depth look at the Absolute Group, a consortium of event and film location rental operations that ceased operations back in April.
I’m sure that most of us who have been in the workplace for some time have been trained in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), a system that has been alive and well in Canada since 1988.
We all have bad debts. Clients sometimes don’t pay their bills. I practice extensively in the area of debt collection and have observed both good and bad practices of my clients.
February 3, 2016 - Alert’s latest new revision--V17--has achieved EMV credit card payment processing certification.
December 21, 2015 - Point of Rental® Software, a provider of rental and inventory management software, announces the release of new branding, including a new logo, colors, and product names.
December 8, 2015 - Orion Software, a provider of software solutions for the rental industry, announced the launch of a complete innovative dispatching center fully integrated to Sirius-e.
Strong business software solutions hold the key to organizing your activities for maximum profit.
April 10, 2015 - InTempo Software Inc. today announced that it has commenced operating with a mission of providing solutions to regional and local rental businesses.
March 4, 2015 - Point-of-Rental® Software and Positek RFID together announced the first fully integrated RFID solution for inventory management software in the rental industry.
February 9, 2015 - As an integral part of its award winning Sirius e, this unique e-commerce solution for rental asset management allows rental companies to manage their customers’ assets in addition to offering their own rental items. This solution is offering one central web site to place rental orders with availability management in real time and combines both equipment owned by their customers and their own.
Maximizing your metrics is the path to profits. These rental-specific software packages can help.
May 27, 2014 - Point-of-Rental Systems has designed an easier way for rental stores to stay up-to-date on prospective customers with its new module, SalesForceSync.
Solutions by Computer has introduced a new capability for its Enfinity rental management system that makes it easy to capture commitments from customers who are not physically present. Enfinity e-Sign is an electronic signature capability that can be used to confirm deliveries, process rental contracts and execute other documents over the Internet. Enfinity’s e-Sign functionality offers complete end-to-end signature tracking from the rental business to the customer’s handheld device or desktop system.
Mobile WorkForce from Point-of-Rental empowers workers on a jobsite as well as in the rental yard, capitalizing on their mobility.
Canadian rental businesses looking for a quick fix to an increasingly vexing challenge – getting their web presence to look good on all screen sizes, be it on smart phones, tablets or desktop PCs – may want to turn to YouTube.
February 3, 2016 - Billy Goat's Plugr® brand of aerators complements Billy Goat’s recently introduced 30” hydro aerator and creates the most comprehensive offering of reciprocating aerators on the market.
January 27, 2016 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has produced a new brush chipper safety manual that outlines safe equipment operation, start-up and shutdown guidelines, and maintenance precautions for a variety of brush chipper machine types.
January 25, 2016 - The new Lawnaire® ZTS stand-on aerator grips the terrain and, like you, moves fast.
January 14, 2016 - Classen has introduced a new hydro-drive sod cutter for the Canadian market.
January 13, 2016 - Stihl's new FSA 90 R trimmer offers quiet, powerful performance for professional landscapers, the company says, and is particulary suited for noise- and exhaust-sensitive applications in areas such as school grounds, around businesses and hospitals. The trimmer offers high cutting speed and has a 15-in. cutting width.
Dec. 7, 2015 - Complete tough land-clearing projects with ease with the new Bobcat® 40-inch FMR flail mower attachment. This flail mower model is available for use with Bobcat E63, E80 and E85 excavators.
October 4, 2015 - Honda Power Equipment entered the split shaft trimmer market with the introduction of an all-new product offering, the Honda VersAttach™ Multi-Purpose System.
October 23, 2015 - Makita's new cordless blower has the power to rival many of the industry's top gas-powered blowers.
Sept. 9, 2015 - ARGO has released several new vehicle options designed for outdoor enthusiasts and commercial applications alike.
September 2, 2015 - A new dual action, horizontal log splitter from Iron & Oak splits on both the forward and reverse stroke with a 7-second cycle time. The new model BH2W2015GX has single control operation for easy use and features a Honda GX160 engine with low oil shutdown protection.
July 24, 2015 - Boxer expands its product offerings beyond its popular line of compact utility loaders with the introduction of the all-new Boxer X7 Brush Chipper.
July 23, 2015 - ECHO Power Equipment Canada was recently honored with the prestigious Distributor of the Year Award for North America. The award recognizes ECHO Power Equipment Canada’s overall success in sales, marketing, service and operational performance for 2014.
February 3, 2016 - Graco Inc. a  manufacturer of fluid handling equipment, recently introduced the ToughTek™ Portable Stucco Pump for stucco and EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) materials, the newest addition to Graco’s ToughTek product line.
January 18, 2016 - Be sure your HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum is certified!
January 18, 2016 - The New Ecam ACE Pipeline Inspection Camera System with WiFi enables users to record video with their mobile device.
January 6, 2016 - Makita has released another 18 volt cordless solution that meets and exceeds corded demands with the new 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Brushless Cordless 7-1/2 in. dual slide compound miter saw, model XSL02Z
Oct. 23, 2015 - Professional cleaners now have a better option for high-performance cleaning when a truckmount isn’t feasible – a new line of VersaClean portables with significant advantages over competitive units.
October 19, 2015 - Professional cleaners now have a better option for high-performance cleaning when a truckmount isn’t feasible – a new line of VersaClean portables with significant advantages over competitive units.
October 6, 2015 - To clear a nasty root mass you need a tough cutter to rip the roots out. General Pipe Cleaners' Root Ripper does just that.
Oct. 5, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool continues to expand their M18 Cordless system with the introduction of the M18 3-1/4” Planer. Featuring a powerful motor that delivers up to 14,000 RPMs and a two blade design, the new unit delivers powerful stock removal and unmatched depth control.With 20 locking positions for maximum versatility and accuracy, the new tool has an adjustable depth of 0 to 5/64” (0 to 1.2 mm.) Eliminating the need to re-zero between cuts, the depth dial locks from 0 to 5/64” (0 to 1.2 mm) to increase productivity and minimize downtime.The M18 3-1/4” Planer also features a rabbet depth of up to 27/64” (1.07 cm) and an innovative adjustable chip ejection feature. This feature allows users to eject chips on either the left or right side, keeping chips out of their line of site.Compatible with the entire M18 System, the new Planer is a part of the fastest growing cordless system in the industry, now offering more than 70 cordless Lithium-Ion products. Milwaukee is committed to the ongoing development of this platform and will continue to provide innovative solutions that offer industry leading reliability, performance and ergonomics. Specifications M18 3-1/4” Planer (2623-21) 14,000 RPMs 20 Locking Positions (0 to 5/64”) (0 to 1.2 mm) Up to 27/64” (1.07 cm) rabbet depth 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg) w/ battery For more informationwww.milwaukeetool.com
September 30, 2015 - Powered by a 74.5-hp (62 kW) Deutz Tier 4 diesel engine, the new Ditch Witch RT80 ride-on trencher enables operators to perform big jobs in small places.
Sept. 28, 2015 - Werner announces the availability of a complete line of Podium Ladders for the Canadian market. The Podium is the newest style of ladders designed for greater comfort and mobility than standard stepladders. Werner has introduced five unique series of Werner Podium models with enough options to suit any contractor job or home project.
August 28, 2015 - The Model C cleans 3" - 10" diameter lines with up to 200 Ft. of 1-1/4" self-feeding dual cable in 8 Ft. or 10 Ft. sections (that require no handling when rotating).
August 19, 2015 - Honda Power Equipment's all-new HSS Series snow blowers are designed to deliver superior performance and enhanced control and handling for both residential and commercial users. Ten new models are available.
January 18, 2016  - Splat A Rat is the latest fun game from Twister Display.
December 10, 2015 - Alert your guests of tent stakes with our innovative Kwik-Stake Covers.
December 4, 2015 - Kwik-Covers now offers 100% polyester stage and table skirts.
December 3, 2015 - Add flair to your scratched and unsightly tent poles for your next party or event with Kwik-Pole Covers.
November 24, 2015 - National Event Supply's latest new product is a folding bar stool cart.
November 19, 2015 - National Event Supply has introduced a new cruiser table cart.
Sept. 16, 2015 - Legacy Building Solutions of Canada will be showcasing custom tension fabric structures for the oil sands, heavy oil and conventional oil industries at the Oil Sands Trade Show in Fort McMurray September 15-16, 2015.
Its presence is heralded, at the corner of 7th and Fremont in downtown Las Vegas, by a large praying mantis statue and a sign letting you know that you’ve arrived at Container Park.
June 4, 2015 - Chicago Pneumatic has launched a new light tower to the North American market with the introduction of the CPLT M10 KD4. Offering a high luminosity of up to 30,400 square meters, the new light tower is ideal for construction and mining work, sporting events and emergency applications.
May 12, 2015 - National Event Supply now stocks spandex chair covers.
April 22, 2015 - Chillin Products has introduced the "Little Chiller Table".
March 20, 2015 - Loudmouth Wireless PA system from Ritron, Inc., allows rental facilities of all kinds to use an existing portable two-way radio, base station or mobile radio to deliver “live” voice messages at a distance of up to two miles away. It is ideal for varied situations including general paging or announcements, weather emergencies, security announcements, and more.

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