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Rental Industry’s Upward Trend Reflected in Rental Show 2013 Attendance

Mon March 11, 2013 - National Edition
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The rush was on when the doors to the trade show opened.
The rush was on when the doors to the trade show opened.
The rush was on when the doors to the trade show opened. Captain Mark Kelly, commander of the space shuttle Endeavor’s final flight, was The Rental Show’s keynote speaker on Feb. 11. ARA recognized its outstanding volunteers during Lunch With ARA including Hal Roe, (C), who received the Distinguished Service Award. With Roe (L-R) are ARA President-Elect Mike Blaisdell, ARA CEO Chris Wehrman, ARA President Mike Flesher and ARA Chairman The Rental Show’s education day on Feb. 10 included many filled-to-capacity seminars. A crowded and busy exhibit floor at The Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, punctuated the excitement and energy of The Rental Show 2013. The opportunity to see the latest equipment up-close attracts thousands of rental business personnel to The Rental Show. Rental business personnel take advantage of the opportunities to ask questions one-on-one about equipment before purchasing. More than 600 companies were exhibited at The Rental Show 2013.

An extremely active trade show floor, sold-out seminars and positive energy and enthusiasm at The Rental Show 2013 in Las Vegas reflected the equipment rental industry’s upward trend.

The Rental Show 2013 marked its fourth straight year of increased attendance growth. The number of rental businesses represented increased this year as well and was the highest total since 2006, which was the 50th anniversary of The Rental Show. The total number of attendees was 5,365 from 2,480 rental businesses.

Attendees came from throughout the United States, Canada and more than 40 countries to The Sands Expo and Convention Center for the Feb. 10 to 13 show.

“Overall, The Rental Show reflects where this industry is headed. Everyone anticipated a great show because of the attitude, tone and urgency we’ve seen from attendees on buying equipment,” said Christine Wehrman, CEO of the American Rental Association, organizers of The Rental Show.

Next year, The Rental Show will be held Feb. 9 to 12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit TheRentalShow.com.