It was pretty good to be a Caterpillar dealer in western and central Pennsylvania until the recession hit around 2008. Like construction work in most places, business slowed to a crawl and Cleveland Brothers — which handles 59 counties in west and central Pennsylvania, 17 counties in West Virginia and two in western Maryland — ended up laying off nearly a third of its 1,500 employees.
And then shale gas was discovered and everything changed.
In preparation for this month’s cover story I visited Cleveland Brothers, a Caterpillar dealer that covers western and central Pennsylvania, northwestern West Virginia, and a bit of western Maryland. It’s an area that in the past few years has had the benefit of an oil-and-gas boom that came along and really ignited when the area was in the middle of a recession.
Assuming that the U.S. government doesn’t remain shut down for months, plunging the U.S. and world economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, prospects for the rental industry look pretty solid for the next few years.
Those of you who knew Tim Novoselski probably already know that he died of cancer a few weeks ago after a long painful battle that I won’t write about. He went through great pain in his final months, but I imagine he would prefer that you remember the vital, vibrant and fun-loving Tim. That’s certainly how I will recall him as well, as a fun-loving, joyful, youthful soul who loved and embraced life with vigor.
It’s the biggest state, also known as the Golden State. California is a state of opposites, polarities and contradictions. It is seen by many as too liberal, yet the presidents it has given the world are Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.California’s economy is the 12th largest in the world, if U.S. states were ranked with countries.
It was good talking to California rental people in preparation for this month’s cover story. As you’ll read on page 20 things are better now, but it’s not all champagne and roses, especially considering how far down it was before it started to get better.
A segment of experts believes that in the coming years one of the growing North American business trends will be U.S. manufacturing. On first glance, the idea contradicts what’s been going on for decades. But there are a number of compelling reasons why it makes sense.
Genie’s 180-foot boomlift turned a lot of heads at Bauma. The SX-180 self-propelled telescopic boomlift is the largest of its kind on the market, designed for applications in the oil and gas industries, commercial construction, industrial construction and maintenance, and general maintenance.
I recently attended the Bauma trade fair in Germany, which is the subject of this month’s cover story. The sheer size is the first thing that impresses the visitor. In my three times attending Bauma, I’ve never come close to seeing all of it and would need weeks to do so, not just a few days. Organizers said about 530,000 people attended from more than 200 countries, plus 3,420 exhibitors from 57 countries.
While the rental industry faces the challenges of increased equipment costs and depressed rental rates, improved demand is leading to better business conditions. See this year's RER's Top 100 Rental Equipment Companies of 2012.
No doubt Frank Sinatra had other things in mind besides improved physical and dollar utilization, increased rental rates and higher rental volume when he sang that famous song, but it was a very good year for the RER 100. Not every company posted improved numbers, but the majority certainly did.
Power generation is one of the fastest-growing segments of the rental industry. Construction and industrial site power, standby power, special events, disaster relief and many more rental opportunities are out there, however sophisticated expertise is required. An RER panel of special experts talks about the key dynamics of this special segment....More
H&E Equipment Services, one of the largest integrated equipment providers in the nation, has an immediate opening for a self-motivated National Account Director in the Equipment Rental Industry for their U.S. operations....More
Rental Center Opportunities in Southern California
Looking for Synergy Opportunities for partnering up with Rental Veterans. Have existing Rental Center locations available Summer of 2014. Seeking Operating, Management, Service, Investment Partners for a multi location Rental Center operation. If you want to add to your present rental center locations or looking for startups contact me and let’s talk. ...More
Director of Used and Refurbished Sales
The successful candidate will be responsible for the commercial management of the used and refurbishing business, on a global scale.
Ideally the candidate will be located in Arizona, Illinois or Ontario.
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All Star Rents, a regional leader in the equipment rental industry, is filling the position of Fleet Manager. It is a salaried, Non-Exempt position. The following responsibilities are for all 11 locations in California and Nevada....More
Regional Sales Manager
Founded in 1977, Sunstate Equipment Co, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona servicing customers throughout the Southwest – from California to Tennessee. Our success stems from providing the highest level of service in the industry!...More
Haulotte Services recently launched its new version of Easy Spare Parts, the company’s online store for Haulotte genuine spare parts orders. ESP is a front office tool that allows customers to consult technical documentation and to order spare parts online....More