DENVER — Denver, Col.-based Wagner Equipment has purchased Rust Tractor, the Caterpillar heavy equipment and engine dealer for New Mexico and far west Texas. Wagner is in the process of integrating Rust's operations and systems into its own. Most Rust employees at New Mexico store locations in Albuquerque, Hobbs and Farmington and in El Paso, Texas, have become part of Wagner and will continue to perform their current functions.

Wagner is one of the pioneers of Caterpillar's rental program. Its successful rental program has served as a model to other Caterpillar dealers as they made the transition into the rental business.

Wagner Rents is No. 22 on the RER 100.