||For the Record
- Volvo Rents, Shippensburg, Pa., continued to build its network of company-owned rental stores in February and March, acquiring DixEquip, a single-location construction equipment rental company in Houston; Palmetto Equipment Sales and Rentals, a two-location construction equipment rental company with stores in Ladson and Ridgeland, S.C.; Great Plains Rent-All, a four-store equipment rental company based in Oklahoma with stores in Ada, Ardmore, Duncan and Durant: and Max Equipment Rentals, a two-location construction equipment rental company with stores in Oceanside and Perris, Calif. Volvo Rents says it has now made more than 50 acquisitions in the last 12 months as part of the company strategy to build a network of company-owned stores.
- United Rentals, Greenwich, Conn., has acquired the assets of Coble Trench Safety, which has 11 locations in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region. With the acquisition, United Rentals now has 93 trench locations in 28 states and Canada. Separately, United Rentals also has made its excavation safety training courses available online for contractors to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. “As the leading provider of trench safety services in North America, we want to help our customers comply with health and safety legislation in the best practicable ways. Online access extends the benefit of classroom training to contractors who find it easier to train on their own schedule. Since the launch of our national trench safety training program in 2006, our instructors have trained more than 60,000 workers face-to-face. We expect that number to accelerate dramatically with online convenience,” said Paul McDonnell, United Rentals senior vice president — operations, trench safety, power and HVAC.
- Hirepool, Auckland, New Zealand, has acquired New Zealand Access Hire from New Zealand Crane Group. The acquisition gives Hirepool one of the largest powered access rental fleets in New Zealand, the company says. Deane Manley, managing director, New Zealand Crane Group, said divesting of access equipment “has been on our radar for some time and with Hirepool already having a well-established presence, we saw that as the ideal solution.”
- Genie Industries/Terex Aerial Work Platforms, Redmond, Wash., has recalled as many as 537 model TZ-34 and TZ-50 trailer-mounted aerial work platforms booms, which were manufactured from Jan. 1, 2010, through May 1, 2011, because the motor controller can fail and result in a fire. This component also was installed as a service part replacement on TMZ-34/19 and TMZ-50 units as part number 96769 and kit 99854 from Jan. 1, 2010, through Aug. 7, 2011. This recall is an expansion of a previous recall. Genie will notify owners and dealers, and will repair the AWPs free of charge. Owners may contact Genie’s service department at 800-536-1800.
- The Charles Machine Works (CMW), Perry, Okla., manufacturer of Ditch Witch® underground construction equipment, now offers an Orange Armor™ planned maintenance program that is designed to help customers protect their investment in Ditch Witch equipment. Available to customers through independently owned Ditch Witch dealerships, the Orange Armor planned maintenance program offers a variety of ways to keep Ditch Witch equipment in peak operating condition. The company says the Orange Armor program can help customers lower operating costs, reduce unplanned downtime, increase equipment productivity, extend equipment life and increase equipment resale value. The company says the program is flexible, allowing customers to adjust their coverages to reflect their equipment type and use.