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Jul 15, 2013

If You’re Going to Have a Phone, Use it Right1

I’m working on an article about current business conditions in the rental market and having gotten into the habit over the past year or so of....More
Apr 22, 2013

The Impressive Things about Bauma

I just returned from the Bauma trade fair in Germany. It’s the third time I’ve attended it and I’m even more awestruck than the previous times and I’....More
Sep 13, 2012

Synergies with Oilfield Rental236

I was most intrigued by a small news story that a lot of people probably didn't notice: Canadian Equipment Rental Fund, or CERF, which owns 4-Way....More
Jun 04, 2012

The Crisis is Still a Crisis in Spain

I am traveling in Spain for a dealer conference organized by Manitou for Manitou, Gehl and Mustang dealers the world over. Also attending are a....More
Feb 16, 2012

Good News in New Orleans

It was a nice change walking around the Rental Show in New Orleans last week and seeing and hearing a far more optimistic rental industry than we've....More
Jan 03, 2012

M&A Market Heats Up with December Surprises203

A lot of people were taken by surprise recently waking up to the news that United Rentals was acquiring RSC. In a conceptual sense, it wasn't....More
Nov 23, 2011

Showcase Fills a Niche1

The Lift and Access Showcase event, held recently in Scottsdale, Ariz., was essentially the first trade show in North America exclusively devoted to....More
Oct 04, 2011

A Tier 4 Move by Komatsu

It is going to be a new era in equipment with the coming advent of Tier 4 Interim and then Tier 4 final engines, with equipment modified to....More
Aug 25, 2011

Don't Jump Out the Window Yet

It was 1929. Twelve million people were out of work; 12,000 people became unemployed every day; 20,000 companies had gone bankrupt; 1,616 banks went....More
Aug 08, 2011

The Man Who Never Sits Still1

Pat Olney once said he gets nervous if he's in one country longer than a week. The Canadian-born Olney, for those who don't recognize the name, is....More
Jun 20, 2011

Boom Times in California?

Since I live in California and people around the country are always asking me about the California economy, I thought I'd pass along some interesting....More
Jun 16, 2011

The Master Consolidator is on the Move Again2

I anticipate acquisition activity will be strong over the next few months. This week Volvo Rents and Delta Rigging & Tools made acquisitions; a week....More
May 18, 2011

The RER 100 Turns 25!

The RER 100, which will be released next week, showed, to quote RSC's CEO Erik Olsson — and a nod to Charles Dickens — a tale of two halves. Most of....More
Apr 29, 2011

Is Social Media Worth the Effort?

Why should you bother with social media? One of the first things I suggest is take a look at the habits of teenagers. I have a teenage son and he....More
Mar 10, 2011

You Don't Need a Weatherman

After two very slow years at the Rental Show, it was quite a different story this time around. The attendance numbers have yet to be released as we....More

Michael Roth

Michael Roth has covered the equipment rental industry full time for RER since 1989 and has served as the magazine’s editor in chief since 1994. He has nearly 30 years experience as a...

Gary Stansberry

Gary Stansberry is president of The Stansberry Firm LLC and specializes in business sales, fair market business valuations, operational consulting and positioning businesses to increase their value.
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