Patrick Flannery

Patrick Flannery

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Canadian Rental Service editor Patrick Flannery sat down with SkyJack president Brad Boehler at the ARA Show in Anaheim.
Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Just got back from the ARA Show in Anaheim. I don’t always go to ARA. My job is to stay in contact with Canadian rental store operators, not so much the vendors. My inbox is pretty much full of their information 24/7 anyway. However, the occasional visit does serve to get a broader feel for where technology is at and where it is heading.
Thursday, 21 February 2019
The Canadian Rental Association officially kicked off its 2019 year with its annual general meeting at the ARA Show in Anaheim on Feb. 18. A good crowd of about 50 members attended. Hank McInnis of Battlefield passed the chairman's gavel to Mike Maltby of Ingersoll Rent-All. Incoming national president Dan Spencer was introduced and talked briefly about his plans for the year ahead. Nathalie McGregor, association CEO, was recognized for five years of service with some flowers. Insurance director John Gillespie of Western Financial updated the membership on the CRA insurance plan and announced another dividend for participants this year.
Thursday, 21 February 2019
The American Rental Association's ARA Show continued to increase its appeal with Canadians as North America's largest venue to view rental equipment. The Canadian Rental Association's Hospitality Night at the House of Blues drew at least 450 people, and Canadian rental operators seemed to be everywhere you turned on the show floor, even in a crowd numbering in the thousands. The Anaheim Convention Center proved to be a slick, modern host with plenty of hotels nearby, though one might have hoped for something a little closer to an airport. Even the keynote had a Canadian feel, with Toronto's Kevin O'Leary talking about how he decides to invest.
Friday, 15 February 2019
There’s a guy I’d love to hear talk leadership: Bill Belichick, head coach of the NFL’s New England Patriots. I wonder what he charges?
Friday, 25 January 2019
Heat and power solutions provider GAL Power welcomed about 70 members of the Ontario Canadian Rental Association to their first meeting of 2019 at its facility in Mississauga, Ont. Association vice-president Dustin Hubert hosted the gathering as they checked out the generators, heaters and fuel tanks in the warehouse, obtained refreshment from an impressive ice bar. enjoyed a barbeque buffet dinner and heard Raphael Sumabat of the Technical Standards Safety Authority explain proposed new rules for portable fuel-burning equipment.
Monday, 21 January 2019
"Someone once told me coming to these shows is like an annual family reunion," says Jim Clipperton of Nor-Val Rentals, national B.C. director for the Canadian Rental Association. This year's reunion in Langley, B.C., welcomed 32 rental stores and about 250 rental people to tour exhibits from 42 suppliers on Jan. 18 and 19. There was a new member in the family this year, with everyone talking about the acquisition of Star Rentals by Cooper Equipment Rentals. That deal closed the day the show started and Rob Potter, Star Rentals general manager and president of the BC local, was kept busy fielding questions throughout the day.
Friday, 11 January 2019
Garth Scott, founder of Scott Sales and Marketing in Hantsport, N.S., passed away Jan. 10. Scott was a regular at all Atlantic Canadian Rental Association events and livened up every gathering with his displays of photos from past events and his tall tales from his travels all over the east coast. Scott will be remembered as well by Atlantic rental people for his love of antique cars.
Monday, 07 January 2019
EquipmentWatch analyst Adam Raimond threw out an interesting nugget during our webinar discussing third quarter 2018 rental rate trends. He noted that about seven per cent of spending on a construction project goes to equipment costs, be it paying for owned equipment or renting.
Monday, 10 December 2018
In its 2018 fall economic statement, the federal government has announced its intention to triple the depreciation allowed in the first year that a business puts capital investments into use. The change applies to a wide range of capital assets, including buildings, computers and construction equipment. In an example provided in the statement, the allowed first-year depreciation on earth moving equipment would move from 15 to 45 percent.
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