What’s in a name? If you’re Hamilton Equipment Rental Centre, it means everything. Considered one of southwestern Ontario’s leading rental service centres, HERC Equipment Rentals (as it is legally known in this bustling “Steeltown” burg), is finding itself embroiled in a titanic clash against Hertz.
It’s hard-nosed military training and mission-focused tactics that John Abraham brings to his start-up rental operation. As a former platoon commander, he’s using his lead-from-the-front, the buck-stops-here mindset to establish a beachhead in Toronto’s fiercely competitive construction market.
On the NJS website, owner Nancy Snell describes her business as “a speciality linen and decor rental company where relationships, listening to, and fulfilling the needs and wants of the customer go hand-in-hand with quality fabrics, fashionable concepts and imaginative vision.”
At its very core, the addition of a rental counter by Topmar Building Supplies of Fredericton, N.B., was a case of north and south. The opportunity presented itself in late October 2004, shortly after a local rental company moved to the south side of the Saint John River, a geographic boundary which bisects the city into Fredericton North and Fredericton South.
Fifteen years ago, Dale Benner was driving home from his job as a road builder for the logging industry, when he noticed a rental business in his hometown of Sechelt, on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. After Dale walked in the door at home, he had an announcement to make to his wife.
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.
July 18, 2016 - Active engine protection (MDM) by Weber MT for hand-guided soil compactors.
With Tier 4i newly entrenched across the equipment industry, Tier 5 may already be on its way to North America. It’s up to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but if Europe is any indication it won’t be a big deal.
You can protect your rental equipment from the dangers of exposure to un-burnt hydrocarbons with Positive Air Shutoff Systems (PASS).
July 12, 2016 - The new 74-horsepower Bobcat® T595 compact track loader features increased horsepower and performance for pushing or digging applications, without the need for operators to move up to a bigger machine.
Today let’s look at the simplest of the survey instruments, the automatic level. Although they have been around for many decades they really haven’t changed all that much. Automatic levels are very precise survey instruments with the ability to give you millimeter vertical accuracy over an entire jobsite whether it’s the addition of a deck on the back of a house or new high-rise building.
July 12, 2016 - Manitou Americas, Inc. has introduced the XPRT Protection Plan an all-new extended protection program specifically designed for Gehl and Mustang branded equipment.  "XPRT Protection Plan offers wider coverage options, longer coverage terms, and a better value for the end-customer than the previous Power Protection Plan", stated David Harrison, Director of After Sales, Manitou Americas, Inc. "XPRT Protection Plan will provide customers additional confidence in their investment by reducing maintenance costs and improving the overall resale value of their equipment ; both of which are key components of our global 'Total Cost of Ownership' strategy".
May 29, 2016 - General Equipment Company's SP8/GH9HP surface planer provides high speed, accurate surface prep, the company says, and is ideal for a wide range of job applications, including milling misaligned sidewalks and joints, removing thermo and cold plastic markings and prepping floors for new coating applications.
June 22, 2016 - Easy Lift launched its new 50-23AJ as an "ultra-compact" lift that can access tight spaces. With the carriage retracted, the lift is 31.5 inches wide.The lift offers a working height of 50 feet with a full-height basket capacity of 507 pounds.
June 15, 2016 - The MV 58A forward asphalt plate compactor from Chicago Pneumatic is the company's newest, designed to compact thin asphalt layers, handle small repairs and road maintenance work.
June 3, 2016 - SlatTrax is a ground protection system for your skid steer loader that rolls out or retrieves up to a 100-ft temporary roadway in about 2 minutes.
ABC Industries, Inc., one of the U.S.'s leading manufacturers of industrial ventilation and fabric products, is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2016. What began with a single rather product has transformed into a robust line of industrial ventilation products and high-quality industrial textile fabrics that are recognized around the world in many diverse industries.
May 25, 2016 - Answering the market demand for large wheel loaders, Mustang developed the 608 and 708 Articulated Loaders with customer requests and feedback at the forefront of the design process.
June 28, 2016 - Emerging technologies for the jobsite of the future, innovative wearables to enhance health, safety and productivity, cutting-edge skills for careers of the future, and new materials to enhance our nation’s infrastructure. These are just a few of the things attendees to the 2017 CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tech Experience pavilion might experience as they step into the future of the construction industry. Today, the largest international gathering in the Western Hemisphere for the construction industries announced the new Tech Experience where attendees can actually step into the future and experience what’s new and next in the construction industry.
ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2017 are teaming up to unveil the world’s first fully-functional 3D-printed construction excavator and the first large-scale use of steel in 3D printing, known as additive manufacturing. The excavator, which will be on display at the joint trade shows in March 2017, will bring to life how technology is transforming the construction industry in line with the show’s 2017 theme, “Imagine What’s Next.” In addition to the pre-printed excavator, show attendees will see a second excavator printing live on the show floor.
May 3, 2016 - The 2016 World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Academy & Expo are concluding their run March 22-24 as the most successful ever, with record attendance of more than 9,000, and record exhibit and education numbers. The co-located shows are at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Atlantic Canada's most comprehensive heavy equipment show returns to the Moncton Coliseum Complex April 7-8, 2016. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show boasts a vast indoor and outdoor showcase of the latest products, services, and BIG iron.  Visitors walking the floor will be able to connect with hundreds of exhibitors showing off cutting-edge equipment. 
Here’s a look at some of the great technology on display across the country this show season.
Those electing to look at used equipment missed one of the best show floors in recent Rental Mart history, featuring booths packed with more heavy iron than the show has seen in a long time.
March 22, 2016 - Those electing to look at used equipment missed one of the best show floors in recent Rental Mart history, featuring booths packed with more heavy iron than the show has seen in a long time. Stanmore, SkyJack, Haulotte, Genie, A.E. Sales and Cavalier all had big lifts on the floor. There were no fewer than eight software companies exhibiting, presenting a wealth of choice for those looking to upgrade their systems. There was extra interest in the room with Occupational Safety Group and Haulotte running scissor safety training on the first day, and Fuels Learning Centre and L.B. White providing propane heater fuelling training on the second. The propane course got an extra lift from Stephenson's Rental Services, who provided a last-minute 100-pound cylinder, and Hy-Cor International, who helped out with an extension cord.
The Rental Mart is Canada’s showcase of the best new equipment for the rental industry. Here’s a preview.
The 2016 Canadian Rental Mart features an expanded education program with three educational seminars presented by top industry experts. In a change from previous years, this year’s seminars will take place in the comfortable confines of Sketch Cafe at the Toronto Congress Centre, just off the show floor itself. Admission to Rental Mart seminars is free to registered attendees. Don’t miss them!
Some might say it’s a rotten year to have a show, but we here at Canadian Rental Service beg to disagree. Yes, oil prices have hit historic lows and Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland are feeling the pinch.
Some might say it's a rotten year to have a show, but we here at Canadian Rental Service beg to disagree. Yes, oil prices have hit historic lows and Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland are feeling the pinch. Yes, manufacturing in Ontario and Quebec has been slow to pick up the slack with new jobs and new investment. Yes, real estate observers in the big urban markets are more worried than ever about a housing price correction. And yes, the economy is technically in recession. Some people might look at this as a time to batten down the hatches and stay home, peeking fearfully out the store window in hopes that opportunity will take a wrong turn and come wandering down their street. But we know that Canadian rental operators are made of sterner stuff than this.
Feb. 23, 2016 - World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Academy & Expo 2016 are on track to be standouts with advance registration for the exhibitions and education programs tracking far ahead of past shows, and a record show size for both AGG1 and World of Asphalt.
As I write this in late May, I am sharing office space with one of the many evacuees from the Fort McMurray fire. On a personal level, he has a wife and a one-year-old who have had to fly east to stay with family, and he is not alone in this forced separation experience.
The national newsletter from the Canadian Rental Association is now available online. There is a ton of information in there about association services, upcoming events and even a story about a Fort McMurray rental operator who named his new baby after a CBC reporter who covered the fires.
June 28, 2016 - As part of the Disaster Matching Funds Program, the ARA Foundation has made a donation of US$3,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist in relief efforts for families, businesses and communities affected by the Fort McMurray wild fire. This matches a donation previously made by the Canadian Rental Association (CRA).
June 14, 2016 - Christine Wehrman, CEO and executive vice president of the American Rental Association (ARA), Moline, Ill., was presented with the European Rental Association (ERA) Lifetime Achievement Award during a special ceremony as part of the ERA’s European Rental Awards 2016 dinner at the ERA’s 10th annual convention in Stockholm on Wednesday, June 8.
The Canadian Rental Association and American Rental Association have announced their Canadian scholarship recipients for the 2016/2017 school year. The association offers scholarships to promising young people in the rental industry who wish to further their education in relevant fields.
Spring is officially here, and we are once again considering adding high school students to the payroll for casual summer work. Many rental operators have developed the next generation of rental professionals by introducing them to the business as a summer student. This practice has been successfully implemented with many businesses in previous years.
May 6, 2016 - The Canadian Rental Association has made a large donation to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with wildfire relief in Fort McMurray, Alta., and is calling on members to add their support. CRA members can donate online or via text message.
April 14, 2016 - A solid turnout of close to 70 rental people made for a lively evening at the Ontario Canadian Rental Association's April meeting in Collingwood and Stayner, Ont. Members toured Happenings Party Rentals in Collingwood, Ont., followed by tours, dinner and a presentation at Stayner Rental.
We are often reminded of the importance of creating a good impression, one that leaves the other person with a sense that this meeting was very fruitful. It might be a first date, a job or client interview or perhaps a conversation with an employee that changes behavior in a positive way. The message was delivered in such a manner that it created a long-term benefit to both the employee and the employer. I am going to use this analogy to provide a framework on how to enhance your positive, lasting impressions.
April 2016 - In the last President’s Message, I talked about the importance of making sure your racking and storage systems are secure and safely installed according to manufacturer’s recommendations. In this column, let’s take a look at the steps you should follow to monitor and maintain your shelving in a safe condition.
March 22, 2016 - The Ontario Canadian Rental Association hosted an esthetically appealing banquet on the first night of the Canadian Rental Mart on March 8, attended by around 200 CRA members.
The Canadian Rental Association of Ontario will host its annual banquet at the International Plaza hotel across from the Rental Mart on the evening of March 8. As always, it will be an opportunity for rental people to relax together, enjoy some good food, drink and entertainment, and recognize the achievements of their neighbours and friends.
In Canada, falls continue to be the number one leading cause of fatality in the construction industry and here is a brief glimpse as to why. It is something we have all heard before.
Most of you realize the importance of keeping important written documents. In the electronic age, though, it is equally important to maintain and safeguard your electronic documents. When you are involved in a dispute with another party, whether it be in court or outside of court (such as a complaints process, industry hearing, mediation or arbitration, for example), your electronic records may be vital to the outcome of dispute.
July 12, 2016 - Crane Industry Services LLC (CIS) has announced a skills assessment study being conducted by CIS in conjunction with CM Labs Simulations Inc., Montreal, Quebec, and West Georgia Technical College. The study’s purpose is to determine what operational skill level can be achieved with the use of crane simulators. The study commenced in July and will continue for 14 months and/or after 500 operators have participated in the research.
Judging from the correspondence from our legal columnist, Deryk Coward, getting paid in full and on time is a major challenge for many people in our industry. At least we can take some cold comfort in the knowledge that we are not alone. According to a recent survey of Ontario construction subcontractors, almost one in five are carrying receivables over 90 days old.
June 14, 2016 - Half of Canadian businesses could soon have a competitive advantage over the rest: according to a new study commissioned by TELUS, there's an even split between Canadian businesses when it comes to their plans for Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
June 14, 2016 - The American Rental Association (ARA) has released its second quarter outlook, which calls for continued revenue growth of 5.6 percent in 2016 and 4.9 percent in 2017 in the U.S.
EquipmentWatch has launched the new monthly EquipmentWatch Market Report featuring the new Price Stability Index. This report, designed to provide the heavy equipment community with the tools and information necessary to make informed decisions around buying and selling, tracks nearly $30 billion of resale and auction activity each month, and follows 30 top equipment types and the top six brands across four major markets: construction, agriculture, lift/access and commercial trucks.
We hear the constant declaration that common sense is required in health and safety but based on current accident statistics, it simply demonstrates that it doesn’t exist. If common sense were a reality, then there would be no need for orientations or training, people would somehow magically know what to do. The evidence shows that even after extensive inductions, orientations, and training, people still don’t know what to do. This is why its important to manage your training and not just provide training randomly.
The driver was sent to a hospital after the crash, where he was arrested for suspicion of impaired driving.
You know that your employees are critical to the success of your organization. Productive, happy employees will make your business more successful. The manner in which you discipline your employees can have very important productivity-related and legal ramifications.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released a study recently saying housing may be overvalued in as many as nine of Canada’s top 15 housing markets. Now places like Hamilton, Ont., and Saskatoon, Sask., have been added to the familiar big cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary as places where the price of housing is exceeding what we would expect to see according to their history and the financial, economic and demographic conditions in the economy.  
May 17, 2016 - Buhler Industries Inc. has announced that the nominees listed in the Company's management proxy circular dated February 25, 2016 were elected as directors of Buhler Industries.  The detailed results of the vote for the election of directors held at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Buhler Industries on March 17, 2016 in Winnipeg are set out below.
June 29, 2016 - Point of Rental Software announced the integration of its rental management software products with Xero, a global leader in cloud-based accounting software.
June 28, 2016 - Flex Rental Solutions has released version 4.16.3 of the company’s flagship web-based rental management software. This is the fourth major and fifth total software release by the company since the start of 2016. This newest release includes several new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. Select improvements include enhancements to Transfer Orders, scanning validation for non-serialized items, and report enhancements.
June 23, 2016 - Point of Rental Software, a Texas-based company that offers rental and inventory management solutions, won the Best Rental Management Software award by Rental & Staging Systems at InfoComm 2016 held in Las Vegas this month.
April 22, 2016 - At February’s CNH Expo Show, Charter Software’s Charter4Charity initiative generated another $1347 for the Disaster Relief Fund!
April 5, 2016 - It has been in a busy week in ransomware and many companies have already been targeted, and unfortunately affected. In this blog post, Daniel Ruiz, Point of Rental Software’s Customer Support IT Liaison, covers what ransomware is, why we should care and how to take preventative measures.
March 30, 2016 - Point of Rental Software has implemented the use of kiosks in the latest update to Point of Rental Essentials cloud-based software.
February 25, 2016 - Point of Rental Software, a provider of rental management software solutions, introduced its newest product at an ARA press conference this week.
Rental management software is an investment with a potentially high rate of return if chosen properly. While it may seem quicker to choose a low cost, basic system now, this decision won’t give you the greatest returns of lowered operating costs and time savings. Many rental stores that choose the basic software now, end up needing to make a second investment in a more robust system only a few years later. 
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.
Junr 28, 2016 - ECHO is redefining the performance standard for professional landscapers with the launch of its new 2620 ProXtreme series.
June 21, 2016 - Barreto has introduced a new chipper for the rental industry.
May 10, 2016 - Featuring a 120-hp, turbocharged Tier 4 final Cummins QSF3.8 diesel engine, the new Terex® Generation 2 (GEN2) R350T and R350T Forestry compact track loaders offer operators powerful productivity and quick cycle times.
March 23, 2016 - Classen introduces the TA18 compact aerator, featuring a compact body, steerable tine bank and even weight distribution.
March 14, 2016 - Toro introduces the all-new 28-inch hydro drive brush cutter to its rental product offering.
February 25, 2016 - The Toro Company has introduced the newest and most powerful Dingo® to their lineup — the Toro® Dingo® TX 1000.
February 17, 2016 - Ditch Witch has introduced a new line of walk-behind trenchers to provide contractors and rental companies with greater performance, reliability and serviceability.
April showers will bring May flowers. Get your landscaping fleet ready now.
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.
Reliable power is the key to customer satisfaction.
June 15, 2016 - Larson Electronics has introduced a portable power transformer, the TX-3000VA-480.120-1XAO, that converts 480 volts AC to 120 volts AC, ideal for powering high voltage lighting and equipment. 
Fuji Heavy Industries recently announced a name change to Subaru Corporation along with an operational change that will focus all engineering and financial resources on the quickly growing automobile division. The Industrial Power Products division will close after fulfilling all order commitments for 2017. Product parts and support will remain available indefinitely.
May 25, 2016 - The PP 490 power pack from Husqvarna is designed to power almost all of the company's PRIME high frequency equipment, its WS 482 HF wall saw, including when the wall saw is used with the CS 10 wire saw.
May 25, 2016 - The second generation of General Equipment's CTS 12 Rip-R-Stripper offers reduced maintenance and increased productivity, the company says, for surface-prep work such as removing ceramic tile, hardwood and other tough floor coverings.
May 24, 2016 - Electric Eel has introduced a new and convenient portable battery pack for use on Ecam Ace, Ace WiFi and Ace 2 pipeline inspection camera systems.
May 2, 2016 - General Pipe Cleaners’ patented new Quick-Grip™ Chuck firmly secures drain cleaning cable during use – making General’s Easy Rooter™ faster, safer and easier for rental customers to operate.
April 27, 2026 - Mi-T-M Corporation's CWC Premium Series now includes the new 7000 PSI CWC cold water pressure washer for heavy-duty cleaning challenges.
April 6, 2016 - The new Gen-Eye Prism® video inspection system from General Pipe Cleaners lets you use a tablet or Smartphone to monitor your inspection work – and record it.
It would seem that equipment is simply more effective with motors. What works better for finishing wood: a block wrapped in 150-grit sandpaper, or an electric belt sander spinning at 3,500 RPM? Nine times out of 10, the job gets done more quickly and efficiently with the help of horsepower.
March 23, 2016 - Hilti’s new Tool Warranty 20/2/1 is simply unmatched in the industry and redefines what rental owners should expect from tool warranties.
March 2, 2016 - This new accessory for the EDCO 16” Hand-Held saw gives this already versatile tool Walk Behind Saw capability.
May 25, 2016 - Twister Display has launched a line of new interactive games.
February 26, 2016 - Vitabri by Ins’TenT has launched Chest’Air, their new line of modern European inflatable furniture.
February 26, 2016 - Signature Systems Group, LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty flooring and fencing products for the special event industry, has announced their acquisition of California-based California Portable Dance Floor Company (CPDFC).
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.

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CRA Ontario Golf Tournament
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CRA BC Golf Tournament
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