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.
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.
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.
May 17, 2016 - Elevate your profits with this advanced equipment for working at heights.
May 17, 2016 - Cummins Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger recently unveiled a new generation of ultra-clean engines designed to meet European Union (EU) Stage V emissions regulations in 2019 at the Bauma Show in Munich. The new F3.8, B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engines, ranging from 100 hp to 430 hp (75-321 kW), achieve a major increase in power and torque by removing the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system and using Cummins Single Module(TM) aftertreatment technology.
May 10, 2016 - Koshin Pumps has appointed Celtic Distributors and its new western Canadian distributor.
April 19, 2016 - Donner Industrial Developments Inc. strengthened and diversified its products and services after finalizing its purchase of Edwards by Brehmer Mfg., a truck maintenance equipment line that built a strong reputation during its 15 years of experience. The new product line features several high-quality pieces of equipment, including waste oil caddies, antifreeze caddies and truck ramps, for applications in truck service centers, agriculture, municipalities and fleets, to name a few.
Flat surfaces made easy with these advanced soil compaction solutions.
Lube skids and trailers are key to delivering exceptional field service for any heavy equipment provider. When you make a service guarantee, it is a promise that can make or break the rental relationship.
Over the past decade of so there has been a real proliferation of suppliers selling and promoting survey instruments. Companies that have little or no history in this market are now involved. This has lead to much confusion and misinformation as they try to get market share.
April 7, 2016 - It’s full speed ahead when cutting through concrete slabs, asphalt, sewage pipes and more with the Hilti Hand-held gas saws DSH 700-X and DSH 900-X.
April 7, 2016 - Quest Portable Climate Control Equipment, a division of Therma-Stor, LLC, has introduce a new fan coil, the Patent-Pending Quest XP300 Pro Explosion Proof Coil.
The appointment of Corey Berry as Rental Account Manager for Perkins has been announced by Leon Hunt, Direct Sales and Rental Manager. Berry, an 18-year rental market veteran, will coordinate and manage Perkins’ industry focus.“The rental industry is an important market for Perkins,” Hunt said, “and Corey’s extensive experience makes him uniquely qualified to deliver on the Perkins promise. He knows what it takes to be successful in the rental business and I am confident he will translate that knowledge into solid value for Perkins customers.”
Fans and customers can test their operator skills with the Small Machine vs. Big Jobs Challenge. This interactive game from John Deere Construction & Forestry features the new G-Series Skid Steers and Compact Track Loader. Players choose from one of the four skid steer models or the compact track loader to then compete in three applications — construction, landscaping and livestock. Each level involves players swiping the machine into a target. Based on the speed of the swipe, a score will register in mph. Players can advance through 10 levels, follow along with the fun through the real-time leaderboard and then share their scores via Facebook and Twitter.
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.
Feb. 17, 2016 - The man from Hewitt Rentals loaded his new Little Wonder Brushcutter into the back of his pickup and slammed the tailgate. It was one of 11 of these machines that Hewitt had just purchased right on the G.C. Duke booth in the last minutes of the Canadian Rental Association Atlantic trade show, Feb. 13 in Moncton, N.B. "There," he said, "I guess that that will show anyone who says there is no point in going to a CRA show."
Feb. 9, 2016 - Fuels Learning Centre, in partnership with L.B. White, Stephenson's Rental Services 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.
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.
All warehouse storage systems, both indoors and outside, at rental store locations must be installed, used, inspected and maintained according to the manufacturers’ specifications. Safe work practices and inspection criteria are based on steel storage racking and shelving. The general application for shelving and racking is to store materials and tooling to allow better access and reduce the clutter on the floor. Housekeeping in every active work zone may often be improved by utilizing the correct storage system, including shelving, for hand loading and lighter materials, with storage bins or pallet racking predominantly used for heavier, palletized loads.
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.
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.
May 17, 2016 - Strategic Metals Ltd. has announced that the Board of Directors has approved a Phase 1 exploration budget of $820,000 for field work at some of its precious metal projects in Yukon Territory. Phase 1 of the 2016 program will systematically advance high grade discoveries made in 2015. Upon receiving Phase 1 results, Strategic will consider a Phase 2 diamond drilling program at one or more properties.
May 17, 2016 - – EquipmentWatch has released its 2016 Tier 4 Benchmark Report. Developed in partnership with the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP), the report analyzes responses from more than 300 major equipment and rental companies to measure the true impact of the Tier 4 Final transition on the heavy equipment industry.
May 3, 2016 - EquipmentWatch has announced the winners of the first Highest Retained Value Awards. The awards recognize manufacturers in 26 different heavy equipment categories across the construction, agriculture and lift/access industries for products that show the highest residual value over the last five years.
May 3, 2016 - Expand your knowledge right from your home or dealership with new industry specific online classes from TVH University! We cover a variety of topics including techniques to increase sales, profits and customer satisfaction, as well as enhancing the customers’ buying experience to increase sales and profit.
Poor training occurs more often than you might think and it has a direct effect on employee performance. Failure to understand the relationship between training, employee performance and safety performance, can be quite costly and have long-lasting impacts. But what are the true impacts of poor training? Impacts of poor training can be grouped into some basic categories: poor employee satisfaction, lower production and quality, increased injury rates, increased training, and new training.
Most of you are probably somewhat familiar with the fact that you only have a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit. Sometimes people will be heard to say “statute of limitations” as a kind of blanket answer to a very complex question.
The 2016 federal budget contains plenty of good news for rental operators, especially those in Ontario and Quebec. Infrastructure spending was a key election promise of the federal Liberals, and they have mostly delivered (though not in as high numbers as promised). Shovels will be hitting the ground across the country to the tune of $11.9 billion over the next five years in what is described as “phase one” of the long-term plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 25, 2016 - General Equipment Company’s CD10P Carpet Dryer is designed to accommodate a wide variety of carpet and surface drying needs.
February 16, 2016 - Pinnacle Climate Technologies, a global sullpier in heating, cooling and ventilation products, has announced the addition of the 8" MASTER® ventilator to the confined space ventilator line.
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.
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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