Canadian Rental Association
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.
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.

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