Canadian Rental Service

Rental Rumbles: March 2009

By Canadian Rental Service   


After serving the rental industry for 33 years, IPM Hose & Fittings has joined the HosePower group and will begin doing business under the name HosePower Canada.

IPM joins HosePower
After serving the rental industry for 33 years, IPM Hose & Fittings has joined the HosePower group and will begin doing business under the name HosePower Canada. 

The company says ownership and management will remain the same as it continues to offer the same products and services, including the high-quality Flextral product line. Under the HosePower name, the company enters into a strategic alliance and marketing agreement with other service-minded companies to bring the highest quality hose service to its customers. In addition to its three Canadian locations, HosePower will offer 14 locations in the eastern U.S., 11 locations in the western U.S. and two locations in Mexico.

“By joining the HosePower group, we will more effectively appeal to customers with a North American footprint.  Inventory will be available from all locations allowing HosePower to become North America’s largest hose service company,” says IPM president Mark Forget. “With the ability to more closely co-ordinate our purchasing efforts. HosePower will become an integral conduit for our manufacturing partners to bring their products to market.”


Diesel-powered loaders operate on alternative fuel
The Toro Company has announced that all 2009 model year Toro Dingo TX 525 wide track and TX 525 narrow track diesel compact utility loaders will be biodiesel compatible for blends up to B20, which represents a mixture of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 per cent petroleum diesel fuel. Biodiesel is a biodegradable, non-toxic alternative fuel derived from biological sources. Compared to petroleum-based diesel fuels, biodiesel releases less carbon dioxide, unburned hydrocarbons and particulate matter which are all major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

This enhancement to diesel-powered Toro Dingo loaders follows on the heels of earlier announcements regarding Toro’s biodiesel-ready landscape contractor equipment and golf course and sports fields and grounds equipment.

The Toro Dingo TX 525 narrow track and TX 525 wide track compact utility loaders feature a 25-horsepower Kubota diesel engine and deliver added torque and hydraulic flow for enhanced performance.

Cody Party Centre opens two franchise stores
Cody Party Centre has announced the opening of two new Cody Party Centre franchise stores in Ontario.

Jeremy Post has started his very first Cody Party Centre franchise store at 1460 Merivale Road in Ottawa; and Amy Simpson and Miva Harris, a mother and daughter team, are opening a new Brockville Cody Party Store in February.

President and founder Steve Cody says the company is building an exciting franchise program in a 20-billion-dollar-per-year industry. “It’s a fun and exciting business, and a business where you have a chance to brighten up people’s lives. Every customer is celebrating something special and at the end of the day, you know you were able to contribute to their dreams and that’s the most rewarding part.”

Cody Party Centre is a member of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA).

Creating autism awareness one piece at a time


After reading a story about a rental company that used boom lifts to raise money for breast cancer awareness, AirWorx Construction Equipment & Supply, an equipment rental company in Indianapolis, contacted JLG Industries, a producer of access equipment to see if JLG would work with AirWorx to produce a uniquely designed boom lift that could help promote autism awareness.

The idea was simple, AirWorx would purchase the boom lift for their rental fleet and JLG would paint it a special colour and create unique “jigsaw puzzle” graphics that would cover the entire surface of the machine to symbolize the pieces of the autism puzzle that have yet to be completed. The boom lift would then be rented to AirWorx’s customers and a percentage of the rental income would be donated to fund autism-related activities. In addition to AirWorx’s contribution, rental customers could elect to contribute an additional amount over the rental rate, with 100 per cent of that amount going directly to autism-related programs.

The two companies agreed and AirWorx took delivery of the custom painted machine donating 20 per cent of all rental revenue generated, with half going to related causes.

AirWorx immediately rented it out where it captured much attention. After all, it is hard to miss a bright yellow, 86-foot-tall machine with red and blue jigsaw piece graphics.

As a “thank you” to the customers who rent the unique JLG boom lift, AirWorx will have the customers’ name, project name and amount of money their rental of the machine raised for autism printed on a label that will be placed on top of one of the coloured jigsaw piece graphics on the machine. It will become a permanent part of the design and serve as a testament to those who helped create awareness for autism and generated funds to help those affected with the disorder.

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