United Rentals Opens Contractor Supplies Distribution Center in Aurora, Illinois

Greenwich, CT - Mar 1, 2005


United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), North America's largest equipment rental company, today announced the opening of its newest contractor supplies distribution center in Aurora, Ill. The 48,000 square foot facility is the third of nine regional warehouses planned throughout the United States and Canada.

The new warehouse, located in Aurora at 2759 Eola Road, will stock 8,000 retail contractor supply line items, including saw blades, power tools and safety gear. "This facility is another example of how United Rentals brings strong leadership and outstanding customer service to the equipment rental industry." said Michael DeCata, vice president - Fleet Operations for United Rentals. "The center is integrated with the same information technology that links our more than 730 branches, giving our field sales force access to our state-of-the-art electronic ordering system. Most customers who place orders before 5 p.m. can expect overnight delivery of their supplies."

The Aurora center will fulfill customer orders placed through more than 100 United Rentals locations from Ohio to Iowa, and Minnesota to Kentucky. "Illinois is strategically suited to market opportunities in the Midwest," said DeCata. "The goal is to support our locations in every way possible to provide our customers with a complete solution for every jobsite requirement."

United Rentals opened two contractor supplies distribution centers in late-2004, Atlanta, Ga., and Middletown, Penn. The company expects to stock 10,000 contractor supplies at each of its distribution centers by the end of 2005.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in North America, with an integrated network of more than 730 rental locations in 47 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 13,200 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 600 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