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RSC Equips New JLG Reach Forklifts With Solid Tires

Mon June 02, 2008 - National Edition

RSC Equipment Rental Inc. has adopted solid tires nationwide on all new reach forklifts.

Partnering with suppliers such as JLG Industries on the introduction of solid tires, RSC is demonstrating that positive improvement to business and the environment go hand in hand. Solid rubber tires last three to four times longer than standard and foam-filled tires, leading to a decrease in down time, fewer costly replacements and elimination of waste, according to the company.

“This exciting step will benefit our rental customers by further reducing the likelihood of downtime caused by flats and related tire issues,” said John McVeigh, vice president of product management. “This investment will provide huge benefits in efficiency, customer service, reliability and availability, while positively impacting the environment and saving significant costs.”

Advantages of

Solid Tires

Using tires with a longer life span will help reduce the number of tires in landfills. However, according to RSC, there also are additional advantages beyond those of reliability and sustainability. Solid tires are designed to increase ride comfort when compared to other flat-resistant tires and they also meet the designated weight/ballast requirements for applicable reach forklifts, an important safety consideration for this type of machinery.

The prior field evaluation and successful implementation of similar tires on applicable skid-steer and industrial forklifts in 2005 helped lead RSC to the decision to make solid tires the new standard spec for all newly purchased reach forklifts.

Best Practices

Build Sustainability

Solid tires are one example of RSC’s commitment to green practices and the idea that together, many small changes can help build a more sustainable future.

RSC believes the best customer driven innovations benefit the customer, the company and the environment. By implementing an equipment refurbishment program in 2001, environmentally safe parts washers in 2003 and beginning the evaluation of solid tires in 2005, RSC has already reduced carbon dioxide emissions by more than 26 million tons (23 million t). RSC anticipates that it has saved more than $100 million by the implementation of these and other programs that focus on the needs of its customers while positively impacting the environment.

“As an innovative leader in the rental industry and by partnering with our great suppliers, the introduction of products with a longer lifetime is also a responsible step in terms of managing our overall waste, efficiency and use of resources,” stated McVeigh. “We believe this is a responsible choice in a differentiating area for our customers and our communities.”

JLG Partnership

RSC is the only national rental chain that is asking for solid tires as standard on this equipment.

RSC has a longstanding relationship with JLG, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of access equipment. It was able to supply RSC with solid tires as standard on all new reach forklifts, as a factory upgrade.

According to RSC, the company believes in being responsible for cultivating sustainability with its suppliers, customers and employees and is proud to partner with JLG and other vendors in customer-driven innovations to benefit customers and communities.

For more information on RSC, visit www.RSCrental.com.

For more information on JLG, visit www.jlg.com.