United Rentals Acquires Sandvick Equipment & Supply Company

Greenwich, CT - Dec 14, 2005

 

United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced that it has purchased the trench safety rentals and sales assets of Sandvick Equipment & Supply Company, with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. Sandvick has a total of six locations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas.

Sandvick was established in 1965 and is one of the largest suppliers of trench safety equipment and services in the southwestern United States. During the last twelve months the company's trench safety revenues were approximately $21 million. The acquired company serves contractors, municipalities, industrial entities and others involved in underground construction.

Paul McDonnell, vice president, Trench Safety, Pump & Power Region for United Rentals, said, "The acquisition of Sandvick has given us an opportunity to increase our trench safety locations with the assimilation of a well-respected company that shares our focus on customer service. This acquisition expands our footprint in the Southwest and enhances our capability to solve the unique underground construction challenges of our customers."

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of more than 740 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 13,500 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 600 different types of equipment with a total original cost of $3.96 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com.

Contact:

Chuck Wessendorf
VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7318 
cwessendorf@ur.com

Nicole Salas
Manager, Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7246
nsalas@ur.com