Clark Equipment Rental in Syracuse, N.Y., is a rental house that also sells a large volume of used equipment.
The company was founded in 2005 when Adam Clark and his father started the company to rent earthmoving equipment in central New York State. In the process, they formed a rental alliance with Milton CAT so that they could lease late model Caterpillar machines to their customer base. Over time, the company put more emphasis on purchasing used equipment that was in rental-ready condition or that could be resold to anyone with a used equipment need. Eventually, the purchase and resale of equipment became a larger emphasis for the company.
According to Adam Clark, president, "We originally started with just three Cat skid steers and three Cat mini-excavators. Today we own over 60 machines."
The company has grown so much that it recently moved to a larger facility located at 559 State Fair Blvd. in Syracuse, N.Y. The facility has 12 bays for servicing and repairing machines and is 8,000 sq. ft. in overall size. Taking advantage of all of the new space, Clark also is focusing more and more of the company’s resources in painting and refurbishing equipment. Of particular interest are the boom lift and the telehandler market.
"Somewhat by accident we discovered that there is a large pent up market for refurbished aerial equipment. If the machines look good and are of sound operation, and in particular, if they are certified, we have buyers that are anxious to get their hands on them.
"We recently made an alliance with Matt Allen, president of JM Equipment in Batavia, N.Y. He is a certified JLG service center and has many years of experience in repairing and refurbishing lift equipment. Matt [Allen] is an expert and when he gets done going through the lift equipment that we are purchasing it is ANSI inspected and job site ready.
"We have been selling earthmoving equipment worldwide for quite some time, but the boom lifts and telehandlers have opened up a whole new marketplace for us. Last year we sold over 30 boom lifts and 24 telehandlers. We literally take each machine completely apart, inspect it, repair it and paint it. Not only do they look brand new, but they also run like new," said Clark.
During the economic downturn in 2007 and 2008 the production of new aerial equipment nearly stopped completely, according to Clark.
"The factories are really just starting to get back up to full production levels now, so there is going to continue to be a shortage of equipment in the marketplace. We are so confident of the quality of the refurbishing that is coming out of our shop that we are willing to offer up to a two-year warranty on the power train and hydraulic systems in these machines," he said.
For more information, visit www.clarkequipmentrental.com.
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