Things are stabilizing a bit in Alberta if the Canadian Rental Association's Prairie show in Edmonton was any indication. The event attracted around 120 attendees to visit 56 exhibitors. As is usual for this show, the Saturday night banquet brought in an even bigger crowd to enjoy the DoubleTree Edmonton West's fine fare and a rolicking return performance by the Duelling Pianos.
By Patrick Flannery
A well-attended Friday night social at Beercade got the show off to a relaxed start. Attendees in town the night before enjoyed a night of adult beverages and classic arcade games at the downtown Edmonton location.
Notable on the show floor was a new XAS 88 towable compressor from Atlas Copco featuring a lightweight design with the internal components conveniently spaced for easy maintenance and designed to be accessed with minimal tools. New to the show was FenceFast showing off its Stock-Ade gas fence stapler with a demonstration log right on the booth. The trend toward increasing automation on construction sites was observed by Cavalier’s Esko Bionics arm, an articulated arm that attaches to trailers or the railings on lift platforms and takes the weight of heavy breakers, drills and other hand-operated construction equipment. Cavalier’s T.J. Johnson demonstrated how the arm makes manoeuvring even a heavy breaker much easier, though T.J. is not the guy you think is going to need the help.
American Rental Association president Mark Gilbertson of Fargo RentAll and CRA president Hank McInnis of The Cat Store were on hand touring the show floor and welcoming attendees at the banquet. Gilbertson noted that coming from chilly North Dakota, he felt right at home in Edmonton.
Photos from the event are live on the Canadian Rental Service Facebook page.
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