United Rentals Opens Contractor Supplies Distribution Center in Grand Prairie, Texas

Greenwich, CT - May 1, 2005


United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), the world's largest equipment rental company, today announced the grand opening of its newest contractor supplies distribution center in Grand Prairie, Texas. The 50,400 square foot facility is the fifth of nine regional warehouses planned throughout the United States and Canada.

The new distribution center, located in Grand Prairie at 1125 Avenue R, stocks 8,000 contractor supply line items including saw blades, power tools and safety gear. "This facility, integrated with our extensive branch network, is another example of how United Rentals responds to our customers' every jobsite need," said Peter Hofbauer, director-logistics and distribution for United Rentals. "Customers who place orders before 4 p.m. can expect same-day shipment of their supplies."

The Grand Prairie center will fulfill customer orders placed through more than 50 United Rentals locations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. "We now have an ideal hub from which to service our branches in the Gulf region," said Hofbauer. The company has established similar contractor supplies distribution centers in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California. United Rentals expects to stock 10,000 contractor supply line items at each of its distribution centers by year-end.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of 730 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 12,700 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 $3.7 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com.



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

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