Industry News
May 1, 2017 - The people of Finning Canada are supporting Homeless Connect by collecting work boots for those in need. For some, these boots are the only thing standing between them and food and housing.
Cooper Equipment Rentals aims to make equipment rental solutions easy for customers. As of May 1, Cooper will have two Ottawa locations. The almost 4,000-square-foot branch is located in downtown Ottawa, and features three service bays, on-site parking and a showroom. The new branch is conveniently located on Wellington Street West and will offer the same reliable equipment solutions and personalized service as any of the other branches.
April 18, 2017 - Ed Zynomirski, Vice President of Sales for ECHO Incorporated, is pleased to announce that Michelle Wagter has accepted the position of General Manager of ECHO Power Equipment Canada.  In her new role Michelle will lead our London, Ontario head office management team and additionally will be directly responsible for the financial operations of our company. Michelle officially assumed her new role as of March 28, 2017.  
April 18, 2017 - JCB has announced the appointment of Richard Fox-Marrs as president and CEO of JCB Inc., responsible for JCB operations in North America, including sales and support for the construction, agricultural, rental, government and defense industries. Additionally, Fox-Marrs is responsible for production at JCB North America's Savannah headquarters, where the company manufactures the 3CX backhoe loader, skid steer and compact track loaders, along with the military specific High Mobility Engineer Excavator and Light Capability Rough Terrain Forklift. Fox-Marrs’ appointment is effective immediately.
April 18, 2017 - Speedy Services has acquired Edmonton Alberta based FC Equipment Rentals and Waste Management from the First Choice Business Group. Speedy Services is owned by the former general manager of First Choice, Adam Snook.
April 18, 2017 - Special Event Rentals has announced they have acquired Parkland Party Rentals in Red Deer, Alberta.
Weber MT has announced its new leadership team for Weber MT North America.
Trimont Financial – a subsidiary of The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company  – has agreed to acquire Western Financial Group and Western Life Assurance from Desjardins Financial Corporation for a total transaction value of about $775 million. Western Financial administers the Canadian Rental Association's protected self-insurance program. The transaction includes Western’s primary business units: its brokerage network, Western Financial Group Insurance Solutions, Coast Capital Insurance Services and Western Life Assurance. It is subject to standard closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.
C&T Rentals & Sales has launched an Event Rental Division led by Kelly Dwyer, daughter of C&T founder, Ed Dwyer. This new division was launched in Winnipeg in April of 2016 and is located at 115 Scurfield Blvd. This newly renovated facility was C&T’s initial general equipment and tool location. C&T Event Rentals offers a variety of high-end event rental products including chairs, tables, dishes, cutlery, linens and more.
Mar. 21, 2017 -  Hatz Diesel of America has announced that Eric Hoffmann has been added to its growing staff as Application Engineer. Hoffmann joins the firm from Cummins where he was an application engineer for its diesel engines. His background also includes powertrain control system development and production engineering experience in the OEM/Off-Highway markets along with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He will provide technical and engineering support to the Hatz Sales Team, Distributors and OEM Customers.
March 20, 2017 - Larry McCourt the former owner of City Rentals passed away March 9. Larry was a long time rental professional who started his career with Capital Equipment back in the late 1970s. Larry was very well liked and respected by his employees, customers, suppliers and competitors in the industry.
Mar. 7, 2017 - WesternOne Inc. has announced the sale of a significant portion of the assets of its subsidiary Britco LP ("Britco"), including its modular space rental business ("Britco Rentals") and its majority equity interest in Britco's modular building manufacturing operations in the United States ("Britco USA"), for total cash consideration of approximately $45.1 million (collectively, the "Transactions"). The Transactions closed today concurrent with the signing of definitive agreements.
Mar. 6, 2017 -  Brokk recently acquired Aquajet Systems AB, a leading manufacturer of hydrodemolition robots. The acquisition expands the application solutions offered by Brokk in the construction and demolition industry. Aquajet Systems specializes in concrete renovation by using extremely high-pressure water jets to remove concrete without harming the underlying rebar or causing microfracturing. The innovative machines are ideal for a variety of selective demolition applications, including bridge and road repair.
Mar. 6, 2017 -  Cooper Equipment Rentals has announced that it has opened a new branch in the Kitchener/Waterloo area, located at 1182 Victoria Street North.
Mar. 6, 2017 - JLG Industries has named Guru Bandekar vice president of engineering for Oshkosh Corporation’s access equipment segment.

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