The Second Annual Oktoberfest Open House and Demo Day at Contractors Equipment Rentals, also known as CE Rentals, drew a big crowd of concrete, paving and landscaping contractors, municipality teams, as well as folks from the Illinois DOT on Oct. 17. Robert Sloan, co-founder and owner of the 29-year-old Chicagoland rental and construction equipment company, thanked customers and welcomed new prospects with a complimentary lunch of bratwurst sausages hot off the fire.
"We're really honored to see so many busy, hard-working business owners and public works folks, along with many of their staff members, take the time to visit and learn more about us today," said Sloan. "We have some groups who drove 45 minutes to come have lunch with us and see firsthand everything we offer in rentals, used and new equipment, and parts and service.
CE Rentals distinguishes itself from competitors in the area with free local delivery on heavy machine rentals. Its product offering ranges from breakers, drills, generators, saws and blades to skid steers, rollers, mini-excavators, all-terrain forklifts, telehandlers, grinders, chippers, trenchers and much more –– with well-known brands such as Yanmar/Terex, Wacker, New Holland, Bomag, Toro and DitchWitch. The company also houses a showroom of vital contractor supplies and consumables.
"Our featured demo was the Aqua Patch ready-to-use pothole repair mix," Sloan said. "This is an amazing problem-solver product that literally allows one person to quick-fix a pothole on the spot in about 10 minutes, and it's guaranteed to last three years. As the exclusive distributor in Illinois, we've put Aqua Patch into the hands of public works officials of the city of Chicago and numerous surrounding communities. I strongly recommend anyone who's in public works, parks and recreation, property or golf course management, or any type of grounds-keeping to have a supply of this product on hand for the upcoming winter months."
Sloan's open house was co-sponsored by The Sandbagger, also based in Elmhurst. Owner Tim Vandergrift demonstrated the machine that super-accelerates sandbag filling for construction, public works and military applications.
Mindy Restivo (R) of Sandbagger Corporation gets set to demo the Sandbagger model 1 for Fred Posch (L) and Keith Grantland, both of Willow Springs Public Works.
Waves of contractors and municipality teams from around Chicagoland flowed in throughout the day to enjoy freshly grilled brats with all the fixings and close-up product demos provided by CE Rentals and The Sandbagger Co.
Rich Swan (L) shows this ASV RT-30 tracked skid steer equipped with a Harley rake to Thomas Papais, owner of Rose Landscape Design.
Robert Sloan (L) president of Contractors Equipment Rentals, welcomes Gary Berkshire of Serenity Landscape Design Inc. to the second annual Oktoberfest in Elmhurst, Ill.
Public Works staff of Algonquin circle around CE Rentals sales representative Dave Gordon for a demonstration of the fast-working Aqua Patch pothole repair mix, sold exclusively by CE Rentals in Illinois. Gordon shows how one person can fix a pothole in as little as seven minutes.
During the CE Rentals Open House lunch and demo day on Oct. 17, customers and new prospects took the opportunity to view the large array of rental machines and used equipment for sale.
Dave Gordon of Contractors Equipment Rentals explains the benefits of the Aqua Patch for asphalt and concrete repair.
Martin McManamon (L) of Wayne Township Road District asks Tim Vandergrift, president of Sandbagger Corporation, about the Sandbagger model 1.
Randy Voss (L) and LaRae Alvarado, both of Algonquin Township Road District, look over the many lines of equipment offered by Contractors Equipment Rentals.
(L-R): Jim Terpstra and Ted Mazurski, both of R. Olson Concrete Contractors, with Robert Sloan, president of Contractors Equipment Rentals.
Junior Rodriguez (L) and Rusty Gross, both of Ubee’s Brick Paving, in front of the ASV RT-25 skid steer.