Rental Equipment Register Unveils 2012 List of Top Rental Companies

Rental Equipment Register magazine (RER) has announced its 2012 "RER 100," a listing of rental companies ranked highest in rental volume during 2011.

Leading this year's list: United Rentals, Greenwich, Conn.; RSC Equipment Rental, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Sunbelt Rentals, Fort Mill, S.C.; Hertz Equipment Rental Corp., Park Ridge, N.J.; and Home Depot Rentals, Atlanta, Ga.

Companies with an annual rental volume of $8.7 million or more, qualified for RER magazine's RER 100 designation. The prestigious acknowledgement originated in 1985, with only 50 firms. By 1990, the rankings had grown to include 100 top companies.

An article about the top 100 in RER magazine’s May 2012 issue showcased a recovering economy for rental companies, with profitability rising for most.

The sum total of rental volume for companies on this year’s list – which covers 2011 rental volume – is 17.6% higher than the previous year. The top 10 companies increased 18.8%, the highest year-to-year increase since 2000.

The overall numbers were the best since 2008. At least 10 of the 100 posted rental volume increases of 30% or more.

RER Editor Michael Roth noted, “[Although] 2011 was not exactly a boom year, compared to the trough the equipment rental industry had been in for a few years, it certainly felt like one."

Clearly, 2011 was a year of recovery, and in many cases expansion. National companies made acquisitions that in many cases enhanced their strategies and proximity to specialty markets, including energy.

The most significant event involved the industry’s largest company, United Rentals’, acquiring the industry's second-largest company, RSC Holdings.

Roth reports that nearly all of the companies listed in the 2011 RER 100 were profitable, and that the majority are optimistic about 2012, indicating a positive outlook for the rental industry.

Here are the RER 100 companies for 2011:

UNITED RENTALS  Greenwich, Conn.

RSC EQUIPMENT RENTAL  Scottsdale, Ariz.

SUNBELT RENTALS  Fort Mill, S.C.

HERTZ EQUIPMENT  RENTAL CORP. Park Ridge, N.J.

HOME DEPOT RENTALS  Atlanta

AGGREKO NORTH AMERICA  Houston

AHERN RENTALS  Las Vegas

MAXIM CRANE RENTAL CORP.  Bridgeville, Pa.

FINNING   Edmonton, Alberta

NES RENTALS  Deerfield, Ill.

H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES   Baton Rouge, La.

NEFF RENTAL   Deerfield, Ill.

ALL ERECTION & CRANE RENTAL CORP.  Cleveland

SUNSTATE EQUIPMENT CO.  Phoenix

SAFWAY SERVICES  Waukesha, Wis.

AMECO   Greenville, S.C.

HOLT CAT   San Antonio

AMQUIP CRANE CORP.  Trevose, Pa.  

CLEVELAND BROTHERS EQUIPMENT CO.  Cranberry Township, Pa.

RING POWER   Jacksonville, Fla.

VOLVO RENTS  Shippensburg, Pa.

BATTLEFIELD EQUIPMENT RENTALS   Stoney Creek, Ontario

EQUIPMENT DEPOT   Houston

RED-D-ARC WELDERENTALS   Austell, Ga.; Grimsby, Ontario

BRIGGS EQUIPMENT   Dallas  

LOCATION D’OUTILS SIMPLEX   Montreal

WAGNER RENTS   Denver

ESSEX CRANE RENTAL  Buffalo Grove, Ill.

BLANCHARD RENTAL SERVICES    West Columbia, S.C.

EMECO NORTH AMERICA    Edmonton, Alberta

KIRBY-SMITH MACHINERY   Oklahoma City

FABICK RENTS   Fenton, Mo.

NORTH CENTRAL RENTAL & LEASING, a subsidiary of Butler Machinery Co.  Fargo, N.D.

STEPHENSON’S RENTAL SERVICES  Mississauga, Ontario

MacALLISTER MACHINERY   Indianapolis

OHIO CAT  Broadview Heights, Ohio

MUSTANG RENTAL SERVICES Houston

PETERSON TRACTOR   San Leandro, Calif.

EMPIRE RENTAL   Apache Junction, Ariz.

TITAN MACHINERY  West Fargo, N.D.

PUCKETT RENTS   Richland, Miss.

LOUISIANA RENTS   Reserve, La.

WORLDWIDE RENTAL SERVICES    Aurora, Colo.

TRICO LIFT   Millville, N.J.

ART’S RENTAL EQUIPMENT  Newport, Ky.

ADMAR SUPPLY CO. Rochester, N.Y.

WAJAX CORP.Mississauga, Ontario

FOLEY EQUIPMENT CO. Wichita, Kan.

WESTERNONE RENTALS & SALES   Vancouver, B.C.

SMS RENTS  Mississauga, Ontario

STAR RENTALS  Seattle

MILTON CATERPILLAR   Milford, Mass.

SIMS CRANE & EQUIPMENT CO.  Tampa, Fla.

IMPERIAL CRANE SERVICES   Bridgeview, Ill.

ACME LIFT CO.  Mesa, Ariz. 

SMS EQUIPMENT   Acheson, Alberta

STOWERS MACHINERY  Knoxville, Tenn.

GREGORY POOLE EQUIPMENT CO.  Raleigh, N.C.

YANCEY BROTHERS   Austell, Ga.

STRONGCO EQUIPMENT   Mississauga, Ontario

SKYWORKS     Buffalo, N.Y.

ANDERSON EQUIPMENT CO.  Bridgeville, Pa.

HAWTHORNE RENT-IT SERVICE San Marcos, Calif.

LIFTING GEAR HIRE CORP.  Bridgeview, Ill.

B&G EQUIPMENT & SUPPLY   Birmingham, Ala.

HUGG & HALL EQUIPMENT  Little Rock, Ark.

KELLY TRACTOR   Miami

COWIN EQUIPMENT CO.   Birmingham, Ala.

HOLT OF CALIFORNIA  Pleasant Grove, Calif.

ECCO EQUIPMENT CORP.  Santa Ana, Calif.

THOMPSON PUMP  Port Orange, Fla.  

SPIDER, DIV. OF SAFEWORKS    Tukwila, Wash.

AERIAL ACCESS EQUIPMENT   Baton Rouge, La.

SOUTHEASTERN EQUIPMENT    Cambridge, Ohio

TEMP-AIR Burnsville, Minn.

DELTA RIGGING & TOOLS  Pearland, Texas

PATTEN INDUSTRIES  Elmhurst, Ill.

CLAIREMONT EQUIPMENT  San Diego

DIAMOND RENTAL  Salt Lake City

BERRY COMPANIES   Wichita, Kan.

PIONEER EQUIPMENT RENTAL  Ponca City, Okla.

CISCO EQUIPMENT  Odessa, Texas

SNOOK EQUIPMENT RENTAL  La Salle, Ill.

RENTAL ONE  Fort Worth, Texas

ILLINOIS TRUCK & EQUIPMENT  Morris, Ill.

PUERTO RICO WIRE  San Juan, P.R.

BIRCH EQUIPMENT RENTALS & SALES  Bellingham, Wash.

COLORADO MACHINERY  Colorado Springs, Colo.

ROLAND MACHINERY  Springfield, Ill.

ABLE EQUIPMENT RENTAL  Copiague, N.Y.

PDQ RENTALS  Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

ILLINI HI-REACH  Lemont, Ill.

4-WAY EQUIPMENT RENTALS  Edmonton, Alberta

THEROS EQUIPMENT  Gainesville, Va.

METROLIFT  Sugar Grove, Ill.

ALLY EQUIPMENT  Denver

HERC-U-LIFT  Maple Plains, Minn.

ENTECH SALES & SERVICE   Dallas

ALL STAR RENTS  Fairfield, Calif.