Industry News
The Pella, Iowa, manufacturing plant of compact equipment manufacturer Vermeer was hit by a tornado yesterday, causing extensive damage and minor injuries. The incident occured as Vermeer was hosting its dealer and customer conference with over 400 attendees in the facility.
July 20, 2018 - Bartell Global is continuing to expand with the addition of Troy Duplisea, who will serve as our Western Canadian Territory Sales Manager. Bartell Global has always served Western Canada from its head office just outside of Toronto, ON until this point. With this addition, Bartell plans to continue great success in this region with on the ground support and expert industry knowledge that Troy brings to the table. Troy will handle all Construction & Surface Preparation lines in this region.
July 19, 2018 - Strongco Corporation has announced the appointment of Oliver Nachevski, formerly Vice President, Construction Equipment, to the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).
July 19, 2018 - – The Toro Company has announced a new partnership with Kinetic GPO, a cooperative purchasing organization established for public sector and MASH (Municipalities, Academics, School Boards, and Health and Social Services) entities across Canada.
July 18, 2018 - Zedcor Energy Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed a Security Services Contract with a Canadian-based pipeline company to provide exclusive security and surveillance services for a pipeline replacement project. This contract is worth approximately $4 million, over an undetermined period of time, wherein Zedcor will provide; onsite security personnel, remote surveillance monitoring using the new hybrid solar powered light towers equipped with monitoring cameras, and other various pieces of rental equipment as needed.
July 11, 2018 - – Atlas Copco Power Technique is pleased to announce that Mikael Andersson will be appointed General Manager of its North American Customer Center effective July 16, 2018. Andersson will lead the company in growing each of its core product categories — air, power and flow — within the contractor, dealer and rental segments across the U.S. and Canada.
June 28, 2018 - Herc Holdings Inc. has announced that it has appointed Mark Irion as senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective June 25, 2018. In this role, Irion will oversee the Company’s finance function and perform a lead role in Herc Holdings’ ongoing activities in the capital markets and in its relationships with banks, ratings agencies, institutional investors and financial analysts.
July 6, 2018 - United Rentals, Inc.  and BakerCorp International Holdings, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which United Rentals will acquire BakerCorp for approximately $715 million in cash. The boards of directors of United Rentals and BakerCorp have unanimously approved the agreement. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.
July 4, 2018 - NESCO, LLC announced today that it has completed the acquisition of N&L Line Equipment. N&L manufactures many products related to the live-line maintenance of electric utility lines. The N&L offering includes transmission tools up to 800 kV, substation maintenance tools, as well as distribution hotline tools.
July 3, 2018 - Herc Rentals Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Herc Holdings Inc., has announced that it will expand its Herc Rentals brand across its North American operations. As a result, the company’s main brand in Canada, Hertz Equipment Rental, will immediately begin to transition to Herc Rentals.
June 28, 2018 - Takeuchi-US has introduced Todd Granger as director of dealer sales, effective immediately. Based out of Takeuchi-US headquarters in Pendergrass, Georgia, Todd will be responsible for all sales activity through the company’s North American dealer sales channel.
June 27, 2018 - Finning Canada, a division of Finning International Inc., opened the doors of its first Used Equipment Centre in Acheson, Alberta just outside Edmonton on June 15.
June 12, 2018 - Bandit Industries owners Mike Morey Sr., Dianne Morey and Jerry Morey announced on June 7 they would sell 100 percent of the company to their employees in an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Under the ESOP, Bandit will retain its current leadership and key management personnel will remain in place. It will also allow Bandit to always remain Bandit.
June 12, 2018 - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has announced that effective July 27, 2018, Greg Owens, Group President, New Sectors & Ventures, and former CEO of IronPlanet, Inc., is resigning from the business to pursue other opportunities.
On June 6 in Ottawa the Canadian Propane Association presented George Olah with its Lifetime Achievement Award.  Olah is familiar to the rental industry from his time as general manager of Abco Equipment and Supplies in Toronto, his involvement with the Canadian Rental Association and his stint as a columnist in Canadian Rental Service.

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