United Rentals Pledges $100,000 to Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort

Greenwich, CT - Sep 5, 2005

 

United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced that it will contribute up to $100,000 in financial support to the relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The donation will be made to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Fund.

United Rentals' pledge will consist of an initial corporate donation of $25,000 and the company's dollar-for-dollar match of employee contributions up to an additional $75,000.

Wayland Hicks, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, "The Red Cross has emphasized that funds are desperately needed for basic food, water, clothing and shelter in the wake of the hurricane's devastation. We feel that this pledge is the best way for us to help make a difference on both a corporate and an individual level."

United Rentals also announced it would encourage customers to contribute to the Red Cross fund by accepting customer contributions at its more than 730 rental locations throughout North America.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of more than 730 rental locations in 48 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 different types of equipment with a total original cost of $3.9 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