Business Roundup: United buys Cummins power equipment assets; Barko adds Crosby Equipment; H&E opens Durham branch; Prinoth adds CG Equipment; Mont. rental equipment embezzlement

United Rentals buys power equipment assets from Cummins

Following the recent announcement its plans to purchase of Neff Corporation, United Rentals says it has bought power equipment assets from Cummins, with service and equipment available immediately.

The purchase gives the company Cummins’ mobile rental generator fleet made up of equipment with output ranging from 150 Kilowatts to 2 Megawatts. Cummins will continue to manufacture, service and support new power generation equipment for rental markets.

“We’re continuing to realize strong demand for power solutions across North America,” says Paul McDonnell, United Rentals senior vice president – sales and specialty operations. “This strategic expansion of our fleet ensures greater availability and a larger customer service organization. I want to personally welcome our new employees and customers to United Rentals. I also want to thank Cummins for working closely with our team to accomplish a seamless transition.”

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Barko Hydraulics adds Crosby Equipment as new Georgia dealer

Barko Hydraulics has added Crosby Equipment Company as its new dealer for land clearing and logging equipment in Georgia.

“Crosby Equipment Company is a great addition to our dealer network,” says Alecia McKay-Jones, dealer development manager for Barko. “They have strong knowledge of the forest products industry and are well positioned to serve loggers in Georgia.”

Crosby Equipment was established in 2012 with a compact equipment focus and has locations in Douglas, Swainsboro and Macon. It has since expanded into construction and forestry and will handle sales and service of Barko loaders, industrial wheeled tractors, harvesters and feller bunchers.

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H&E opens Durham branch, relocates Tampa operation

H&E Equipment Services has opened a new branch in Durham, North Carolina, marking the company’s fifth location in the state and bringing the total number of branches across the country to 79.

The new site features a 16,000-square-foot building located on two acres and includes a fenced yard area, offices, parts warehouse and an eight-bay repair shop. It includes equipment from Atlas Copco, Bomag, Doosan, Gehl, Generac, Genie, JCB, JLG, Miller, Multiquip, Okada, Skyjack, Skytrak, Takeuchi, Wacker-Neuson and Yanmar.

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Prinoth adds CG Equipment to NA dealer network

Tracked vehicle manufacturer Prinoth has added Ontario-based CG Equipment to its North American dealer network.

CG Equipment, which has served southern Ontario since 1962, will carry the Panther line of vehicles through its locations in Zurich and Guelph, Ontario.

Prinoth says adding CG Equipment is part of its strategy to expand its dealer network, which has “grown significantly” this year so far.

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Mont. construction employee charged with embezzling $218k in rental scheme

A former division head of a Montana construction office has been charged with embezzling $218,000 from the company, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

A sheriff’s investigation alleges that Kirk Hogan, who was the civil division head for Dick Anderson Construction’s Bozeman office, was renting construction equipment he owned to Anderson and pocketing rent on that same equipment when it was rented out for Anderson jobs that he supervised between 2011 and 2016, according to the Daily Chronicle. The equipment was owned by Gallatin Equipment and Supply, which Hogan and his wife owned.

Gallatin Equipment also leased apartments to Anderson for $1,750 a month beginning in July 2015 ostensibly to house employees Hogan supervised, but the sheriff’s investigation determined Hogan was renting the apartments to Montana State University students instead, according to the Daily Chronicle’s report.

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