United Rentals Opens Trench Safety Branch in Coachella, California

Greenwich, CT - Jan 2, 2006


United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced the opening of its newest trench safety rental branch in Coachella, Calif. The 36,855 sq. ft. facility at 85220 Avenue 50 will provide customers with underground construction equipment rentals, sales and service and a comprehensive line of contractor supplies.

"Development in the Coachella Valley is being driven by state and federal economic incentives," said Chuck Leiker, branch manager for United Rentals. "There is a lot of undeveloped land available for new construction. Our branch is ideally located to serve customers in one of the fastest growing regions in Southern California."

The new location will rent the latest technologies in steel and aluminum trench shields, aluminum trench shores, steel sheet pile with modular walling systems, steel crossing plates and custom slide rail systems, as well as a range of confined space ventilators, detectors and other equipment. United Rentals also offers delivery service, 24-hour emergency response service and professional safety training for 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.



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