Big Buyouts of 2005 in the Rental Industry

United, A to Z Rental and Sales, Sunbelt Rentals, and Classic Party

Rentals all made new acquisitions in 2005. These companies were able

acquire the others with the hopes of making a bigger and better future

for themselves.

United purchased Atlantic Rentals of Woodstock, New Brunswick,

Canada. United hopes to make a move in the Canadian market with the acquisition. The company now serves all 10 Canadian provinces and is on

track to open 35 new operations this year.

A to Z Rental and Sales bought 5 branches in the Pacific Northwest

from HSS Hire Service Group of Britain. A to Z was also able to acquire

all 14 remaining Colorado HSS RentX branche locations in Colorado.

Sunbelt rentals acquired Northridge Equipment Rentals of Northridge,

California. Northridge was one of the largest family owned rental

businesses in the country and was ranked the 39th largest rental company

in the US. The acquisition will dramatically increase Sunbelt’s sales

in the California market.

Classic Party Rentals, which is the largest event planning rental

company in the US, acquired the rental operations of Aztec Tents and

Events. The acquisition helped expand Classic even further. Classic is

now comprised of 12 divisions and has generated revenues of more than

$120 million.

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