2012 For the Record
10/03/2012
  • United Rentals, Greenwich, Conn., has expanded its specialty branch network with the opening of three locations in the United States and two in Canada. New branches in Denver; Nashville, Tenn.; and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, specialize in providing temporary power and climate control equipment and services. A new Watford City, N.D., branch and a second Edmonton location provide trench safety protective systems for underground construction. The openings are the latest strategic expansion of the company’s trench safety, power and HVAC division. Paul McDonnell, senior vice president-operations, trench safety, power and HVAC, said, “Our engineered solutions complement our company’s general fleet for customers operating in the construction, industrial, disaster recovery, plant maintenance and government markets. As we grow our resources, including our expert team, we are furthering United Rentals’ position as the single-source provider in North America.”
  • Coneqtec Corp., Wichita, Kan., has sold TerraQuip and the Terramite line to Terramite USA, a new company with a new owner, in Cross Lanes, W.Va. At the end of 2008, TerraQuip Construction Products, a subsidiary of Coneqtec, purchased Terramite Corp., Cross Lanes, including the Terramite name and its line of equipment. Following the closing of the acquisition, TerraQuip will enter a period of transition where corporate files, accountants and any property associated with TerraQuip will be moved from Wichita to Cross Lanes. Terramite USA says it will continue as TerraQuip Construction Products with the current lines of equipment, and aims to expand its management team, engineering and skilled labor force. The new company says it will continue to work with its suppliers, vendors and customers for a seamless transition.
  • Volvo Rents, Shippensburg, Pa., in early September opened a new rental center in Huntsville, Ala., its third in the state, joining existing locations in Foley and Mobile. “We believe there is tremendous opportunity in the market, and specifically in the state of Alabama,” said Mike Crouch, vice president of business development for Volvo Rents. Also in late August, Volvo Rents acquired Sheffer Rents of Central Pennsylvania, York, Pa., a single location construction equipment rental company. The business was previously owned by Volvo Rents franchisees Clint Sheffer and Susan Renoll. Separately in September, Volvo Rents also has added a section to its website dedicated to used equipment sales to make the equipment more visible to customers. “This is a large step for us as a company,” said Ed McHale, director of fleet management for Volvo Rents. “Previous efforts to make our used equipment more visible centered on local or, at best, regional advertising. With this new business development, we can communicate to a much broader customer base.” The equipment ranges from excavators, generators and aerial work platforms to backhoes and skid-steer loaders, and is located throughout Volvo Rents’ network of more than 130 locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. More information is available online at volvorents.com by clicking on the “Company Services” tab.
  • Bidadoo Auctions has entered into a partnership with Americ Machinery Corp., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp., along with other Mitsubishi subsidiaries, and long-time bidadoo customers Nikken and NDT, to create and launch Quantos Auctions — quantosauctions.com — a new online auction site to sell and remarket equipment to global buyers. The site will feature detailed inspection reports and will stream video inspections.