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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.”
It’s not every day that you see generators hoisted up in the air by cranes on the grounds of a rental business.
Once upon a time a young salesman and an old salesman were having a beer.
September 2, 2015 - Schaefer Ventilation Equipment, a manufacturer of ventilation and thermal comfort products, has announced the relaunch of the 24" Versa-Kool® Mobile Drum Fan with the same great features as the 36" and 42" models.
September 1, 2015 - Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America has a wide range of integrated air-conditioning systems that offer comfortable and reliable temperatures. The London takes it one step further, offering the additional heating function, making it a fully integrated aftermarket HVAC system for medium duty applications, including the Ram ProMaster® and similar work vehicles.
August 31, 2015 - Quest Construction Equipment, a division of Therma-Stor LLC, has introduced a new air mover, the Quest Power AirMax.
August 28, 2015 - If you have a tough job that your trailer-mounted Excavator doesn’t have enough suction power to handle and you can’t maneuver a full size Vacuum Truck around tight corners to get where you need to be, look no further than the Vactor HXX Prodigy, a.k.a. the HXX’ little brother.
Keep the chill off your business this winter with these top heating solutions.
August 27, 2015 - Featuring a 74-hp turbocharged Tier 4 finaldiesel engine with variable flow hydraulics for powerful productivity and quick cycle times, the new 2,650-lb rated operating capacity Terex® R265T compact track loader is the newest member of the Terex® Generation 2 (GEN2) loader line-up.
Free water is probably the single biggest cause of fuel system failure. Manufacturers require that zero free water reaches a high pressure common rail fuel system. Water absorbers are the only sure way to prevent free water from being dispensed into your equipment.
August 18, 2015 - Terex introduces its newly-redesigned RL™-4 light tower.
Aug. 7, 2015 - The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has released drafts of its new B354.8 "Mobile elevating work platforms - Safety principals, inspection, maintenance and operations" and B354.9 "Mobile elevating work platforms - Operator (driver) training" standards for public review and comment. Interested individuals can read the drafts and comment by creating a free account on csagroup.org.
Aug. 7, 2015 - The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has released a draft of its CSA S269.2 (Scaffolding) standard for public review and comment. Interested individuals can read the draft and comment by creating a free account on csagroup.org.
Aug. 6, 2015 - 2015 marks the milestone of the 500,000th machine manufactured by the Manitou Group. With its three brands, Manitou, Gehl, and Mustang, and more than 400 models offered throughout the world, the group celebrates this as an expression of its leadership in the all-terrain material-handling and dirt-engaging markets.
July 31, 2015 - The New ICS 701-A cutting system builds on the proven success of ICS concrete and utility chain saws, such as the industry standard hydraulic-powered 890F4 and gasoline-powered 695F4 models.
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.
April 24, 2015 - The international CONEXPO-CON/AGG construction industries exhibition captured the lead spot in the just-released “Top 250” trade show ranking of North American-based expositions. The Trade Show News Network (TSSN) compiles the annual list, based on net square feet of exhibit space.
The ties that bind Canada’s rental industry were never more evident than at the 2015 rental shows this spring. Friends and family of two late business owners – Dale Pardy of Butler Scaffolding and Rentool and Jim Johnson of Cavalier Industries – were offered condolences and fond memories by their communities amid the usual buying, learning and laughter that accompanies the Canadian Rental Association’s flagship events. 
April 7, 2015 - The Ontario Canadian Rental Association put learning at the forefront of its conference program March 25 at the Holiday Inn in Guelph, Ont. The event drew praise and increased attendance with its full morning of education sessions featuring access to experts that rental store owners would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
Saskatoon put its best foot forward at the March 14 Prairie Show, thanks to double-digit temperatures and another strong combined effort by the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Canadian Rental Association locals. About 160 attendees made for a lively show floor and over 50 visitors enjoyed a Friday tour of some impressive Saskatoon rental operations. But the big news of the show was the announcement that it would move to Edmonton in 2016.
March 19, 2015 - Trade shows usually remain quiet around opening time – most activity revolves around the various kiosks where sales reps get ready to meet and greet rental business owners, hoping they got in an early “Black Friday” mode to buy the various equipments, ranging from light powertools to heavily-polished lifts and vehicles. But on March 11, this relative sense of calmness contrasted with the excitement of one dynamo who kept running up and down the aisles of Laval’s Plaza Forzani, which held Quebexpo 2015.
March 13, 2015 - Tons of big iron took over the massive International Centre for the 2015 edition of the National Heavy Equipment Show, which took place March 5th and 6th in Mississauga.
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.
May 21, 2015 - Leonard Hawk, 91, one of the founders and the first president of the American Rental Association (ARA), died May 6, 2015, in Moline, Ill.
In business, the goal is always to get out as much or more than you put in. After 35 years of involvement with the Canadian Rental Association, and many hundreds of hours volunteered as an executive at all levels, I can tell you that participation in your rental organization is an investment that pays off. My small store and my professional career would not be where they are today without the friends I made and the experiences I had inside the CRA. The benefits have been huge, and direct.
Happy spring to all! It certainly looks like spring has sprung in good ol’ Winnipeg. Weather has been pretty darn fine – just praying we haven’t peaked early. As I contemplated what to write for this column (valiantly fighting off writer’s block), I settled for a bit of a potpourri of topics to touch on.
May 5, 2015 - The three-year term of your current National Supplier Director, Dean Nasato, is coming to an end. These types of positions demand tremendous dedication and therefore we would like to thank him for volunteering his time, and for a job well done!
There was so much to talk about at the Canadian Rental Association’s meetings this spring that I couldn’t fit it all in to my last column. So here’s the rest of what we worked on.
April 16, 2015 - About 45 members of the CRA Ontario chapter were on hand for the last meeting of the season at Rentquip Canada.
As I officially commence my upcoming term as CRA president, which officially began in New Orleans at the end of February, I would like to share some of the experiences at the recent meetings of our board and the Global Alliance, as well as the AGM meetings.
March 9, 2015 - The 13th annual meeting of the Global Rental Alliance (GRA) was held recently at The Rental Show 2015 in New Orleans, La.
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.
Much is made of the difference in attitude toward jobs and careers that exists between Millennials (21- to 30-year-olds) and older groups in the workforce (Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers).
Quite often rental companies come to me with problems they are encountering with their suppliers. Through my practice, some common themes have emerged as to how and when rental companies get into trouble with their suppliers. In this article I share some of them with you, in the hopes that you can avoid the problems before they develop.
There is little agreement around the proper approach to a sustainable safety system. Each company seems to have its own ideas about how it should be managed. Some organizations prefer a behaviour-based system, others implement a systems approach. If your goal is to achieve a strong sustainable health and safety program, there is a need for safety leadership, not just safety management.
Someone I know (let’s call him Brian) is rebuilding his deck in his back yard. He ordered new deck boards from a major big box chain. The order arrived with the wrong-sized boards, and the driver got away before he caught the error. So he went back to the vendor’s store and told them about the mistake.
June 4, 2015 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has released a Top 10 list of common underground utility myths, along with the facts for safe underground utility installation, repair and maintenance.
Upon conviction of an offense, Occupational Health and Safety legislation in Canada provides for a range of penalties that include tickets, monetary fines and/or jail time. For truly egregious behaviours, the law provides for prosecution under the Criminal Code of Canada, which provides for lengthy prison time as well as unlimited fine amounts. In the past, even though the law provided for jail time, the consequences for conviction under OHS offenses were usually limited to monetary penalties. However, the law can be likened to that of an organism, in that it tends to change over time. It would appear that a time of change is upon us.
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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Use these advanced software products to find efficiencies in your business.
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.
Built for safety
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.
March 12, 2015 - Titan™ has upgraded its PowrLiner™ Series models 4955, 6955 and 8955 line stripers with new features that deliver more control, convenience and comfort.  These hydraulic PowrLiner models are for striping pavement, grass or turf, and are designed for heavy duty, long-term use on medium, large and giant scale striping projects.
March 6, 2015 - Classen has added a new pro sod cutter to its innovative line of turf equipment.
March 6, 2015 - Camoplast Solideal launches three new skid steer tires bringing improved performance, durability and cost savings to its premium Solideal SKS tirelines.
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.
May 12, 2015 - The new Hilti Breaker TE 1000-AVR second generation takes demolition performance to a new level.
April 30, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver unprecedented innovation with the introduction of the new M18 FUEL 1-1/2” Magnetic Drill & M18 FUEL 1-1/2” Lineman Magnetic Drill.  Part of the premium M18 FUEL line, utilizing the most advanced technologies available, these new tools are faster than their corded counterparts, deliver the strongest magnetic hold on ¼” steel, and can drill up to (40) 13/16” holes per charge.
April 28, 2015 - The new QuakerBlast Portable Skid Unit is a totally self-contained system that allows for 100% portable cleaning.
April 27, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver productivity-enhancing solutions to the professional tradesman with the introduction of the new M12 Four Bay Sequential Charger (48-59-1204).
April 27, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool continues to revolutionize the reciprocating saw category with a new cordless M18 SAWZALL Recip Saw that offers unmatched durability, speed and runtime.
April 27, 2015 - KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA has announced the launch of their new SK25 compact excavator model as well as their enhanced SK17 model. These machines are compact, yet tough performers that offer full-size benefits with short-radius capabilities and exceptional features.
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?
Wedding season approaches. Is your event rental fleet prepared with these top items?
March 10, 2014 - Quest Brands Inc is pleased to introduce their newest creation for the polyfence industry – Barricade Fence 4’ x 50’. The increased visibility of this design enhances safety, and sends a strong message to keep away from potential dangers beyond the barrier.
Anchor’s new F3 frame tent promises to make a big difference for tent rental operators.
Chad Struthers, vice-president of Warner Shelter Systems, has been in the tent business for 17 years. He started out as an installer, but was quickly promoted to supervisor then head of Warner’s rental and construction business. He started spending more time on operations in 2002, but moved into sales a year later.

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