True Value Co. and Husqvarna completed their first southeast regional Rental Demo Day event, held earlier this month at BullHorn Ranch in Liberty, N.C.
More than 100 suppliers, rental operators and their associates participated in the event, kicking off the buying season and demonstrating a renewed interest in the industry despite the challenging economy, according to the companies.
“The most worthwhile aspect of the Demo Day was seeing the equipment in action,” said Edwin Scott, CEO of TCS Event Rentals in Burlington, N.C. “I asked for feedback from other rental operators and tested out the machinery. Even though I had no intention of buying anything, I wound up spending $40,000 on six new pieces of equipment.”
Participating suppliers introduced the newest features of their 2011 to 2012 fleet, leveraging the expansive amount of land to demonstrate large digging and earth-moving equipment. Rental operators sought out the opportunity to not only check out the latest in rental products, services and technology, but to also network and exchange ideas with other rental businesses.
“I took full advantage of the hands-on experience with suppliers that I regularly use -- it was fantastic,” said Roger McArver, president of Gaston Rentals in Gastonia, N.C.