Sunbelt acquires Okotoks Rentals
By Sunbelt RentalsNews
Feb. 9, 2016 - Sunbelt Rentals has continued its expansion into Canada with the recent purchase Okotoks Rentals of Okotoks, Alta., on Dec. 31.
“Todd [Reidlinger], our old owner, is sticking around to help out Sunbelt for a few years,” reports operations manager, Justin Lorenowicz. “All the staff are sticking around, too.”
Okotoks Rentals was once known as Sheep River Rentals when Reidlinger’s parents bought the business in 1986. The company is very involved in the local community. They sponsor various local rodeo events and riders, are annual sponsors for the Light-Up Okotoks Fireworks Show and in 2011 won the Kayben Farms Scarecrow Charity Competition.
Okotoks employs approximately 40 staff, Lorenowicz estimates, servicing customers as far north as B.C.’s Peace River district. The company is an all-purpose rental outlet with its main business coming from generators, heaters, aerial lifts and skid steers. It has a propane and fueling service as well, with a fleet of three propane trucks and four diesel fueling trucks.
“We were pretty busy before,” said Lorenowicz. “We have quite the clientele base, all the way up to Fort McMurray and Fort St. John.”
Lorenowicz added that being part of the Sunbelt Rentals of Canada network will be good for their customers with more outlets and fewer shipping costs.
Sunbelt Rentals has made a number of acquisitions in Canada, including GWG Rentals, a six-location outlet in B.C. and Alberta, and the equipment rental branch of the Handy Group in Saskatoon, Sask. The company now lists 16 Canadian locations.
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