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Hertz continues acquisition strategy...


September 15, 2009
By CANADIAN RENTAL SERVICE

Hertz continues acquisition strategy
Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. announced that Matthews Equipment Limited, Hertz’s Canadian equipment rental subsidiary, has acquired assets of the equipment rental business conducted by J.D. Irving, Limited under the name Irving Industrial Rentals (IIR), one of Atlantic Canada’s leading industrial equipment rental companies in New Brunswick.

Located in Saint John, IIR’s strategic focus on the industrial market segment will significantly boost Matthews’ established presence in the New Brunswick region.

Irving Industrial Rentals , founded in 1998, has an extensive industrial product line that includes various size aerial platforms, forklifts, compressors, welders, generators, heaters, light towers and numerous other products. IIR supplies non-operated rental equipment throughout Atlantic Canada to support industry needs for oil refining, pulp and paper, ship building, construction, manufacturing and mining and is considered a leading solutions provider for the industrial sector.

Irving Industrial Rentals  was purchased by Matthews Equipment Limited, Hertz’s CN equipment rental subsidiary from the J.D. Irving Group.  The acquisition was made for an undisclosed sum and will be integrated into Matthews Equipment’s New Brunswick operations.

“Matthews’ acquisition of Irving Industrial Rental is instrumental in the Company’s continued growth in the Canadian industrial rental market,” says Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation president Gerry Plescia.
“Irving Industrial Rental has a solid reputation throughout Atlantic Canada and will enhance Matthews’ efforts to be the first choice equipment rental provider for the industrial market in eastern Canada.
Irving Industrial Rental also supports the Company’s strategy to continue growing worldwide revenue through key acquisitions and we’re confident that the acquisition will establish Matthews as a key player in the Maritime region’s industrial rental market.”

Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation – a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation operates one of the world’s largest equipment rental businesses, offering a diverse line of equipment, including tools and supplies, as well as new and used equipment for sale, to customers ranging from major industrial companies to local contractors and consumers through approximately 350 branches in the U.S., Canada, China, France and Spain.
www.hertzequip.com

Parts online
Hammond Air Conditioning has launched its new website with fast online shopping for over 7000 AC repair and replacement parts.

Hammond Air Conditioning, best known for its Arctic Wolf line of integrated factory-style AC for heavy equipment, is a long-time supplier of AC repair and replacement parts for all makes and models of mobile AC systems. Hammond’s standing parts inventory is valued at more than $1 million with more than 7,000 different line items in stock, from evaporators and condensers to related clamps, seals and special tools. The inventory is planned to achieve off-the-shelf availability for at least 94 per cent of parts ordered. For other needs, Hammond’s extensive industry connections allow it to track down the required part and get it shipped to the customer quickly.

Rental companies, equipment operators, repair shops and equipment dealers will now have round-the-clock access to Hammond’s complete parts inventory, thanks to the online shopping section of the website recently launched at www.hammondac.com .

The online store offers customers a variety of search methods, so they can choose the simplest way to find the part they need. Website visitors can search for parts according to equipment make, model or part number. Alternatively, visitors can choose the type of part they need, such as a blower or filter, and see a complete listing of items in that category.

With another click, the website will display more detailed information, including shipping weight and pricing. For more than 2,000 line items, a picture of the item is available to help users confirm that the chosen part matches the part they are replacing.

The Hammond online store can also be used to place orders for its complete integrated AC systems. Hammond has developed more than 700 pre-packaged kits tailored for specific makes and models of mobile equipment.

Customers, dealers and all equipment operators are invited to test drive the new online store and create their personal shopping accounts.
www.hammondac.com

Expanding in Canada
Aggreko has added a new location in Fort McMurray, Alta. The 4,200-square-foot facility will provide storage for products, spare parts and supplies, and with three staff based on site, will help provide a quicker, more comprehensive response for local customers.

This is the latest move by Aggreko to expand its operations in Canada. In August 2008, the company acquired Alberta-based rental power specialist Power Plus Rentals and Sales to support the oil and gas industries of Western Canada. In addition, Aggreko is constantly improving its cold weather-dedicated power fleet to improve its reliability and reduce the need for troubleshooting in the extreme environment of the oil sands.

“After eight years serving the oil sands industry, including two years operating in Fort McMurray from our nearby Edmonton service centre, we felt it was time to have a more local presence,” says Dennis Haller, vice-president, Aggreko Canada. “We are thrilled to be able to provide immediate service and quicker emergency response to our customers in the area.”

Aggreko will supply the area with all the company’s major rental product lines, including power generators from 30 kW to 1,500 kW; temperature control units, including chillers, cooling towers, air conditioners and electric heaters; oil-free air compressors; and refinery grade heat exchangers.

The facility will also feature Aggreko Process Services, an experienced process engineering team within Aggreko that helps refining customers improve their processes and operations to enhance bottom-line performance and address environmental concerns. This is unique to the rental industry as it can design and install projects faster than considered possible with traditional capital projects.
www.aggreko.com

Parts online
Hammond Air Conditioning has launched its new website with fast online shopping for over 7000 AC repair and replacement parts.

Hammond Air Conditioning, best known for its Arctic Wolf line of integrated factory-style AC for heavy equipment, is a long-time supplier of AC repair and replacement parts for all makes and models of mobile AC systems. Hammond’s standing parts inventory is valued at more than $1 million with more than 7,000 different line items in stock, from evaporators and condensers to related clamps, seals and special tools. The inventory is planned to achieve off-the-shelf availability for at least 94 per cent of parts ordered. For other needs, Hammond’s extensive industry connections allow it to track down the required part and get it shipped to the customer quickly.

Rental companies, equipment operators, repair shops and equipment dealers will now have round-the-clock access to Hammond’s complete parts inventory, thanks to the online shopping section of the website recently launched at www.hammondac.com .

The online store offers customers a variety of search methods, so they can choose the simplest way to find the part they need. Website visitors can search for parts according to equipment make, model or part number. Alternatively, visitors can choose the type of part they need, such as a blower or filter, and see a complete listing of items in that category.

With another click, the website will display more detailed information, including shipping weight and pricing. For more than 2,000 line items, a picture of the item is available to help users confirm that the chosen part matches the part they are replacing.

The Hammond online store can also be used to place orders for its complete integrated AC systems. Hammond has developed more than 700 pre-packaged kits tailored for specific makes and models of mobile equipment.

Customers, dealers and all equipment operators are invited to test drive the new online store and create their personal shopping accounts.
www.hammondac.com

A comprehensive suite of support
Doosan Infracore America has launched Doosan Elite Plus to provide customers with comprehensive product support solutions that help increase productivity, reduce downtime and improve the customers’ bottom line.

 “Doosan Elite Plus is tailored to fit the needs of our customers by providing solutions that reduce owning and operating costs and maximize uptime,” says Michael Stanley, president/COO Doosan Infracore America. “In today’s tough economy, we recognize that our customers are working harder than ever to meet demands. With Doosan Elite Plus we provide customers the peace of mind they need to focus on their business.”

Doosan Elite Plus is a product support program designed to protect and enhance resale value and help the customer control costs.  Doosan’s repair-before-failure approach allows customers to manage cash flow. It offers support programs such as Doosan Elite Assurance, an extended warranty program, preventive maintenance programs, Doosan GPS, Doosan’s Component Oil Analysis Program, Remanufacturing and All-Makes parts and attachments. Each one of these programs can be used separately or as a comprehensive product system for a customer’s fleet.

 “The cost of doing business today is expensive, and Doosan Elite Plus provides tools that help prepare the customer for the unexpected, which reduces owning and operating costs,” says Brian Myers, Doosan Elite Plus program manager. “Our programs, such as extended warranty and All-Makes parts, provide customers a one-stop-shop for all their product needs at reduced rates. It all adds up to improving the customers’ bottom line.”
www.demoadoosan.com

Rental program focused on flexibility
New Holland Construction is further expanding its range of customer-focused business solutions with a new Rental Partner Program. The initiative responds to the growing need for flexibility as customers want the reliability and productivity of premium equipment while looking for options other than immediate ownership. In this context, equipment rental is a natural choice for large and small-scale contractors who wish to control expenses and inventory while still employing the right equipment for the job.

The Rental Partner Program allows New Holland Construction’s North American dealerships to expand their co-operation with rental companies of all sizes. It offers a variety of different finance options, including attractive retail contracts for rental houses that want to own equipment and have a fixed payment stream, or leasing options that provide state or privately owned companies the cash flow benefits without the responsibilities of ownership. The program incorporates New Holland Construction’s entire family of products, ranging from the versatile line of skidsteer and compact track loaders, high-productivity telehandlers, loader backhoes and tractor loaders, to powerful crawler dozers, wheel loaders and hydraulic excavators.

“Our priority is to solve customers’ business needs and help them to get the job done,” says Edgar J. Chavez, director of marketing for New Holland Construction. “The Rental Partner Program allows us to better serve the growing rental market as it offers complete business solutions to rental houses to get quality equipment into their fleets.” 
www.construction.newholland.com

Bobcat offers front-auxiliary hydraulics
Bobcat has announced that a front-auxiliary hydraulics option is now available on CT440, CT445 and CT450 compact tractors. This option routes hoses and couplers to the front of the tractor loader to enable the function of hydraulically operated attachments, which are now approved for use on these tractor models, increasing the versatility of the machines.

Additional attachments that do not require front auxiliary hydraulics have also been approved for use on the front loader of the CT440, CT445 and CT450. These are the digger, landplane and pallet fork attachments.

All of the attachments are also approved for use on select Bobcat loaders and Toolcat utility work machines. When the same attachment can be used on multiple machines, it decreases the number of attachments needed for an equipment fleet and increases the versatility of each machine.

An option already available on the front-end loader of Bobcat compact tractors will make it even easier to work with these new attachments. The Bob-Tach quick attachment mounting system saves time when hooking up attachments to the front-end loader. The Bob-Tach system allows operators who need to use multiple front-end attachments to quickly and effortlessly change attachments for maximum productivity.
Attachments that require front auxiliary hydraulics: Model 10 auger, Hydraulic pallet fork, Spreader, Standard-duty snow blades, Tilt-Tach, Utility grapple.
www.bobcatdealer.com
www.bobcat.com/utility_machines/tractors


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