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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.
Ralph Warner is all about having fun at the workplace. The owner of Kamloops, B.C.-based Warner Rentals, a nearly 40-year-old expanding equipment rental company, greets a writer with a huge smile, firm handshake and a lime green T-shirt that reads “Keep Calm and Rent On.”
November 24, 2015 - Is it a Powered Hand Held Trencher, MiniTrencher, Ground Saw, or Portable Trencher? Call it what you will, but it does exist.
Portable, indirect-fired heaters can meet a range of job site demands, from oil and gas production sites to small residential construction projects, offering opportunities to rental centers wherever temporary heat is required.
November 18, 2015 - MK Diamond's Manta III Core Drill Rigs are designed to core holes up to 14 inches in diameter in all types of concrete floors, walls, and ceilings.
November 17, 2015 - Multiquip, a manufacturer in concrete finishing products, has introduced the new MQ Whiteman InstaClutch™ line of walk-behind concrete finishers.
November 13, 2015 - Weber MT has addressed growing rental trends in the North American market and recently introduced a new “i” (international) series of machines that offers the same high-quality, German-made compactor at a lower price point.
November 13, 2015 - Genie has designed a new consolidated maintenance protocol that enables customers to complete the entire program for any Genie®\ S- and Z- boom lift models in less time.
November 12, 2015 - Wacker Neuson’s newest dumpers, the DW60 and DW90, are versatile bulk material movers that save time and money on any job site.
Nov. 3, 2015 - Ditch Witch hosted its annual international customer event at the Ditch Witch Barcelona Support Center on Thursday, October 23. The event set a record with nearly 300 customers and staff from across Europe, Middle East and Africa in attendance – representing more than 20 countries.
October 30, 2015 - EDCO has introduced the Magna-Trap Systems, opening a new era in concrete grinding surface preparation equipment and tooling specifically designed for the rental industry. 
October 28, 2015 - There is an increasing popularity of using large-size slabs and pavers for Hardscape Projects.
October 23, 2015 - Linamar Corporation’s Skyjack division is launching a new range of telehandlers.
Oct. 23, 2015 - JCB is marking its 70th anniversary today by giving employees around the world the day off. This special day is also marked by the introduction of a JCB limited edition backhoe loader. It is a version of today’s 3CX super backhoe model and a tribute to the product line that fueled JCB’s growth. A total of 70 of the special machines will be made which feature the vintage look last seen 40 years ago on the JCB 3CIII model.
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.
Sept. 28, 2015 - The big iron will once again be on display at Tradex in Abbotsford during the Pacific Heavy Equipment Show, taking place May 13-14, 2016.
Sept. 28, 2015 - With more from sub-Saharan Africa, and high-caliber participants: BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, which took place from September 15 to 18, 2015 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, has established itself as the most important event for the sector in Africa.
Sept. 9, 2015 - It’s official - ICUEE 2015 will be the largest on record! At more than 27 acres of exhibits, with a record 900-plus exhibitors, including more than 200 companies new to the show, ICUEE 2015 will offer the largest and most comprehensive gathering of utility industry suppliers in the Western Hemisphere.
Sept. 9, 2015 - In March 1955, a group of 21 rental business owners from throughout the Midwest met in Moline, Ill., to establish what is today the American Rental Association (ARA). As the fledging association continued through its first year, they made plans to meet for a “general convention of rental operators” the following January in Kansas City, Mo. They decided if the convention was well received, they would hold it annually.
Steven Covey’s venerable “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” remains one of the most influential personal growth books out there, and is still inspiring corporate training seminars 26 years after its initial publication in 1989.
July 27, 2015 - Register by August 21 for the 2015 ICUEE-The Demo Expo to save 50 percent off the badge fee plus receive discounted education fees. You can now register via any mobile device.
July 14, 2015 - Atlantic Canada's most comprehensive heavy equipment show will return to the Moncton Coliseum Complex April 7th and 8th, 2016.
July 8, 2015 - Expo Grands Travaux will return to Montreal’s internationally renowned Olympic Stadium April 22-23, 2016. Excitement in the industry is already building, demonstrated by a strong demand for exhibit space.
June 16, 2015 - Canadian Rental Service is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Rental Operator Of The Year award, the ROOTY. The ROOTY award will be presented at the Canadian Rental Mart, March 8 and 9 in Toronto.
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.
Aug. 24, 2015 - The Global Rental Alliance (GRA), made up of seven peer equipment rental associations from throughout the world, held their mid-year meeting via webinar in late-August with executives of member associations present.
As the summer rolls along and the weather progressively continues to heat up along with day-to-day business one of the seasonal predicaments we find ourselves in is needing to manage vacation times for our employees.
July 9, 2015 - Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment Vice President of Sales, John Vogel, is running for the American Rental Association (ARA) Associate Member Director. The position holds the responsibility of representing associate member perspectives and interests as they relate to the ARA.
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.
A report earlier this year from the U.S. Association of Equipment Manufacturers showed exports of American-made machinery dropping everywhere in the world in 2014, leading to an overall 13.2 per cent decline from the 2013 numbers.
Aug. 11, 2015 - The equipment rental industry revenue forecast for the next five years continues to paint a very positive picture for the future in the United States, with growth rates exceeding 7 percent through at least 2018, according to the latest projections released by the American Rental Association (ARA). The U.S. industry also remains on track to reach record revenue of $38.3 billion in 2015.
July 23, 2015 - A newly improved Advertised Rental Rate Product was recently released by Penton's EquipmentWatch, a provider of data and insights products for the construction, lift truck and ag equipment industries.
July 22, 2015 - Doosan Chairman Yongmaan Park held the Doosan Global Business Forum 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 17.
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.
May 1, 2013 – Point-of-Rental has begun releasing its Enterprise 2013 update. Currently being installed on a rolling schedule to users on software support, the software maker is calling Enterprise 2013 the most monumental update in Point-of-Rental’s 30-year history. The entire rental management software program has been converted to the Microsoft .NET Framework which has been a long laborious task.
Point-of-Rental’s latest software revision is the conversion of its award-winning enterprise software to Microsoft’s .NET Framework, today’s platform choice for application software. The updated software has a look and feel enhanced for tablets and touch devices with cleaner, sharper and easier-to-read displays.
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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.
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Wood splitters are profitable rental items in both the spring and the fall, but just like any other machine in your rental fleet, your success will hinge on the product’s safety record.
June 26, 2015 - When looking for a diamond blade, contractors usually are looking for a mix of economy, production, and convenience. Star Diamond Tools has developed a blade that meets all those criteria, but also takes into account operator safety.
May 19, 2015 - Morbark® is adding a new 12″ chipper to its Beever product line.
May 11, 2015 - Bobcat Company has expanded its Model Year (MY) 15 utility vehicle lineup, introducing the new 3600 and 3650 hydrostatic-drive models.
April 1, 2015 - Morbark, Inc., has expanded the availability of its ChipSafe Operator Safety Shield as an option to the Beever M6R and M8D model brush chippers.
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
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.
Aug. 19, 2015 - Legend Brands has released a mobile app that allows participants in the Legend Rewards loyalty program to register points, view account balances and shop the extensive Legend Rewards online catalog.
July 22, 2015 - The Carpet and Rug Institute has granted Sapphire’s 370 truckmount the Gold CRI Seal of Approval. Gold Level certification indicates the highest level of extraction performance.
June 17, 2015 - Trimble has introduced the Spectra Precision LT58 Laser Tool, a new line laser for interior construction ideally suited for acoustic ceiling installations.
June 5, 2015 - The Model R Drain Cleaning Machine from Electric Eel features a Flex Leader and an extra heavy-duty frame constructed of 1-1/4” steel tubing.
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.
March 13, 2015 - Schaefer Ventilation Equipment, manufacturer of ventilation and thermal comfort products, responds to the industry demand for a reliable oscillating circulation fan with Twister by Schaefer product line.
March 12, 2015 - Tentnology, a Canadian manufacturer of tent structures, has introduced the Kubit, its newest tent.
March 9, 2015 - Why spend a lot of money on an expensive booth with a pricey camera and computer, only to have the added expense of costly photo paper and ink, when most people just want to use their own cell phone to take a picture which they can upload directly to their social media?
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