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Cynthia Jamison named chairman at Tractor Supply

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Effective Jan. 1, Cynthia Jamison will succeed James Wright as chairman of the board at Tractor Supply.

Jamison has served as lead director with the board since 2010, which she joined in 2002. Previously, she served as CFO of Australian irrigation company AquaSpy Inc. and was a partner with professional services firm Tatum LLC, where she served as CFO and COO for various companies.

Jamison also chairs the audit committee on the board of B&G Foods, Inc. She has been chairman of the board for Caribe Media Inc., a directory publisher in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, since 2011.

Exiting chairman James Wright has been with the company since 2000 and served as CEO from 2004 til 2012, at which point he was replaced by Gregory Sandfort and was elected to a one-year term as chairman.

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Retail Store of the Year

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Chain Store Age spotlights the winners of its 31st annual Retail Store of the Year design competition, which attracted entries from around the globe. Simons, a leading Canadian department store retailer, was awarded top honors. Its 118,000-sq.-ft. store in Edmonton, Alberta, was named Store of the Year.

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Rental industry expected to rise

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Total equipment rental revenue in North America for 2013 is expected to reach $38.0 billion, according to the latest figures released by the American Rental Association (ARA) from its ARA Rental Market Monitor service updated in late October. This figure represents a 6.2% increase over 2012 with fourth-quarter revenue growth projected to be 7.1%.

The figure includes revenue for all three segments of the equipment rental industry — construction/industrial, general tool/DIY and party/special event — in both the United States and Canada combined. 

In the United States alone, equipment rental revenue is projected to grow 6.5% in 2013 to reach $33.3 billion. 

“The general economy in the U.S. has slowed down slightly this year with the gross domestic product (GDP) now forecast to grow 1.5% in 2013. That means equipment rental industry revenue continues to grow at more than four times the general economy,” said Christine Wehrman, ARA’s executive VP and CEO. 

“The industry remains vibrant, strong and will benefit even more in the coming years due to nonresidential growth, supplemented with residential construction growth and the strong influence of the energy boom in North America. We expect revenue in the U.S. to grow 8.4% in 2014 and 11.3% in 2015,” Wehrman said. 

According to the late October update, the ARA Rental Market Monitor North American Economic Analysis provided by IHS Global Insight projects revenue growth to accelerate in all segments through 2015 before leveling off in 2016 and 2017. The general tool segment will show the highest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 10.1% over the five-year forecast, while construction and industrial equipment revenue is forecast to see a CAGR of 7.8% between 2013 and 2017.

In the United States, the construction market and consumer spending are expected to be the most important drivers of growth of the equipment rental market in 2014. According to the U.S. economic analysis from the ARA Rental Market Monitor and IHS Global Insight, the U.S. equipment rental market is expected to continue its upward trajectory and show strong growth through 2017. Strong growth in residential and commercial construction through 2015 is expected to fuel the construction and industrial equipment segment, which is projected to grow 9.1% in 2014 and 10.5% in 2015. 

The U.S. general tool segment is expected to grow 7.9% in 2014 and 15.5% in 2015. The ARA Rental Market Monitor also forecasts party and event rentals to benefit from continued improvement in consumer spending with rental revenue projected to show a 3.2% CAGR over the five-year forecast to 2017. 

Overall in the United States, total equipment rental revenue is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.6% between 2013 and 2017, exceeding pre-recession totals in 2015 and reaching $46.3 billion in 2017.

 

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