New Merlo Dealer in Missouri Adds Units to Rental Fleet

New Merlo Dealer in Missouri Adds Units to Rental Fleet

Underground Machinery Rental, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, has added the Merlo line of fixed-body and rotating telehandlers to its fleet of specialized equipment used by utility and construction customers across the U.S. 


“Underground Machinery Rental was started in 2019 when we saw a need to fill the machinery gap that the utility and underground construction industry was experiencing,” said Justin Vermillion, one Underground’s owners and vice president of sales and operations. “Contractors need a reliable option for short- or long-term underground machinery rentals to get projects completed on time and efficiently. This is what Underground Machinery Rentals delivers.”


Underground Machinery Rental has developed a reputation for consistently supplying up-to-date and reliable equipment. Its current rental fleet includes Ditch Witch fiber blowers and pullers and their signature amphibious off-road industrial vehicle, the Fat Truck.


After listening to customer requests, Vermillion and his team realized they needed to expand their offerings and their market, “to include a line of complementary equipment to sell as well as rent,” he said. “We became intrigued by Merlo telehandlers. We were looking for machines that delivered a broad range of operating capacities and capabilities.” 


Underground Machinery recently became a Merlo dealer.


Bill Grundy, AMS-Merlo territory manager, said, “Underground Machinery has developed a laser sharp focus on their industry. They did their research and chose Merlo. These telehandlers fit their industry and product focus.”  


Recently, Underground took delivery of the Merlo High Capacity P50.18HM and the Roto 70.24 SPLUS with its 360° turret rotation. The company plans to add more units in the near future.  


With just these two machines, Underground has already expanded its customer base to include tree care and construction businesses. “We like that these machines accept a broad range of attachments,” Vermillion said, “especially slewing platforms and the Woodcracker. Both of these accessories fit the needs of our customer demographic. The Roto, with either attachment, makes powerline work cleaner and safer.”


All Merlos are available for direct purchase and rent. See the full line of Merlo telehandlers by visiting 


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