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CRA

May 2015
UPCOMING EVENTS

July 19-26, 2015
RV Summer Campout, Oceano, Calif. More...

July 21-22, 2015
CRA Board of Directors Meeting, Pismo Beach, Calif.

August 28, 2015
First Annual CRA Golf Tournament, Corona, Calif. More...

November 2-4, 2015
NW Rental Conference, Seattle, Wash. More...


January 26-28, 2016
CRA Rental Rally, Las Vegas, Nev. More...







See CRA's Calendar page for more information on our upcoming events.
 
VENDOR NEWS
Thank you to MMD Equipment ,a major sponsor of CRA, who is both a platinum sponsor of the 2015 Golf Tournament in August and who has signed up to exhibit at the 2016 Rental Rally Tradeshow in January. MMD manufacturers generators, air compressors, heaters, light towers, inverter generators, plate compactors and trailers and is one of the most respected names in the construction field. They provide high-quality construction products and are committed to being a market leader through innovation by providing customers the highest-quality products available anywhere. As they enjoy continued growth, they thrive on the leading edge of the heavy equipment manufacturing and distribution business and have built a service and support infrastructure second to none, known for its keen attention to the needs of its customers.

Visit http://www.MMDEquipment.com to view the full article online.

 
CRA’s 2016 West Coast Rental Rally Tradeshow is scheduled for January 26-28 at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thank you to exhibitors who have already signed up--see the following 25 articles about each of these exhibitors and the products they offer. Click on "Learn More" for more information about the show.

Visit http://www.calrental.org/events/RentalRallyShow.php to view the full article online.

 
Thirty-eight years ago, Alert was one of the founders of the party rental and tool rental software business. Today, they are leaders in multiple rental categories, including party rental software. Their clients include some of the world's largest and most profitable rental companies. Alert EasyPro is installed in almost 30% of the Special Event Top 30 Rental Companies -- the event and party rental software leader by far. They currently support hundreds of diverse rental businesses throughout North America and five countries.

Visit http://www.AlertMS.com to view the full article online.

 
From ARROWBOARDS and HEATERS to world-leading LIGHT TOWER technology, Allmand is firmly committed to quality products and service. Founded in 1938, Allmand Bros. is a family-owned company located in Holdrege, NE. Their line of light towers include the Night-Lite Pro II, the Maxi-Lite and the V Series light towers. Allmand light towers are used globally in industries such as construction, oil & gas, mining, special events and rescue.

Visit http://www.Allmand.com to view the full article online.

 
AuctionTime.com / Rental Yard is an online auction service serving the construction, farm and other equipment industries. Registering to bid on AuctionTime.com is free and allows the bidder to actively bid on any piece listed on AuctionTime.com. When logged onto the site, the Live Auction Board will keep track of your bids, let you know when you’ve been outbid, when you are the leading bidder and when a piece has recently taken a bid.

Visit http://AuctionTime.com to view the full article online.

 
Barreto manufactures hydraulic tillers, trenchers and stump grinders. Barreto started with the introduction of the first all-hydraulic, walk-behind tiller in 1984. That design revolutionized the small equipment and rental industry, and Barreto Manufacturing has continued to lead the industry with a line of equipment designed to endure and excel. Built for longevity and ROI, the Barreto reputation is one of minimal maintenance, high returns and satisfied customers.

Visit http://www.BarretoMfg.com to view the full article online.

 
When it comes to property cleanup, Billy Goat Industries features a complete line of product solutions for all residential, commercial and municipal needs, offering a full line of aerators, sod cutters, power rakes, over seeders, bush cutters, lawn and litter vacuums, and walk-behind blowers. Billy Goat is a family-owned and -operated business located outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Billy Goat products are designed and manufactured with a reputation for innovation, productivity and quality.

Visit http://www.BillyGoat.com to view the full article online.

 
California Portable Dance Floor Company makes many innovative, indoor/outdoor, portable dance floors--the Wood Grain Vinyl floor, the New England Plank floor, the Black Vinyl floor, the White Vinyl floor, and the Black and White Vinyl Check floor. They also offer round portable dance floors and oval portable dance floors, pole portable dance floor sections, carts, cleaning products and maintenance products for your portable dance floors--they are a full-service portable dance floor company.

Visit http://www.cpdfc.com to view the full article online.

 
Canycom is a Japanese company that has been designing, manufacturing and improving its unique products for over half a century. Canycom specializes in rubber track carriers, concrete buggies and brush cutters. The company is known for its Canycom Crawler Carriers and IHI Excavators. Canycom is affiliated with: Kubota, Komatsu, Mitsubishi, Iseki, Kobelco, Yamaha, Subaru (Fuji Heavy Industry), Kuhn Holding, Rapid Technic, IMER France and Cormik "Glocalization."

Visit http://www.CanycomSales.com to view the full article online.

 
ClearView Financial provides financing for the Rental Industry. They are equipment specialists and know how to structure your equipment purchase to fit your business plan. They understand your business and the equipment, and they know the customers and vendors.They strive to make it easy to finance equipment with ClearView Financial.

Visit http://www.ClearviewFinancial.com to view the full article online.

 
General Pipe Cleaners offers drain cleaning, locating and inspecting equipment. In survey after survey, rental dealers have consistently rated General Pipe Cleaners their most preferred brand of drain cleaning equipment by a wide margin. Durability and dependability combined with ease-of-use lead to many happy return rental customers. Packed with safety features, their rugged, reliable cable machines have a solid reputation for reliability, and General’s Flexicore® cable sets the industry standard for dependability, quality and toughness.

Visit http://www.GeneralPipeCleaners.com to view the full article online.

 
GreatAmerica is a national commercial equipment finance company dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors and dealers be more successful and keep their customers for a lifetime. GreatAmerica established its headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992 as GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation, and in 2012 changed its name to GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation to reflect its expanded service offerings beyond financing.

Visit http://www.GreatAmerica.com to view the full article online.

 
Ground Hog offers earth drills and trenchers, and with over 48 years of experience in the rental industry, has produced designs that are extremely durable and easy to maintain, which leads to higher profitability for rental businesses.

Visit http://www.GroundHogInc.com to view the full article online.

 
H.G. Makelim Co. supplies commercial customers with a variety of products, including industrial engines, diesel fuel injection products, diesel test equipment, rotating electrical products and generator sets. They offer Kohler engines and power equipment and Kubota engines and generators. With their 24/7 online ordering system, three locations across the Western United States, and more than $4 million in inventory, H.G. Makelim Co. can ship service parts to you quickly and efficiently. They will provide answers to your technical questions and will deliver the appropriate power solution for your business needs.

Visit http://www.HGMakelim.com to view the full article online.

 
Industrial Forklifts is the master distributor for Heli industrial forklifts and Donkey truck carried forklifts. Heli is the largest manufacturer of material handling equipment in China and is rated one of the top 10 largest in the world. The Donkey truck carried forklift is manufactured by K.C. Ensor Quality Corporation in Denver, CO and is known for its low weight, faster travel speeds, ease of operation and simple design. Together with their manufacturing partners, Industrial Forklifts provides quality products to the rental industry and our dealer network throughout the Southwest.

Visit http://www.IndustrialForkLifts.com to view the full article online.

 
As the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of aerial work platforms and access equipment, JLG products and personnel can be found all over the world, going above and beyond to support customers. They deliver the powerful, versatile equipment customers need along with unsurpassed training and service, because JLG feels they have a responsibility to be more than a manufacturing company--they are a partner in their customer’s success, reaching out worldwide to enable performance, boost productivity, ensure uptime and support forward progress.

Visit http://www.JLG.com to view the full article online.

 
Jomar Table Linens is a leading manufacturer of commercial tablecloths and linens for the party rental industry. For almost 30 years, Jomar has provided wholesale table linens for the wedding, party, catering, hotel, banquet and special event rental industry across the United States and Canada. Fabric tablecloths (round, square or rectangle tablecloths; custom size linens; casual and elegant tablecloths; overlays and specialty fabrics), napkins, chair covers, aisle runners and more are available to the party rental industry for both purchase and sub-rental.

Visit http://www.JomarOnline.com to view the full article online.

 
Multiquip's comprehensive product portfolio encompasses light to medium construction equipment, power generators and lighting. Multiquip has a full line of innovative diesel-, gasoline-, and natural gas-powered generators ranging from 2.3 kW to 2,000 kW. Respected worldwide for their unsurpassed reliability, efficiency and ultra-quiet performance, these generators have set the standard in a wide array of applications. The company also has an array of portable lighting options for industrial and entertainment applications.

Visit http://www.Multiquip.com to view the full article online.

 
Produced by Market Line Computers, Total Rental is a comprehensive management system designed for the rental industry. If you rent tools, party goods, scaffolding, aerial platforms, amusement items, construction equipment or just about anything else, and you want to keep track of it, this is the system for you.

Visit http://www.marketlinecomputers.com/ to view the full article online.

 
Point-of-Rental provides award-winning rental and inventory management software to thousands of companies worldwide. Point-of-Rental Software began over 30 years ago to meet the needs of rental and inventory businesses by streamlining their operations and decreasing manual processes. Technology has changed greatly since Point-of-Rental sold their first system in 1984, but the core values that drive the company haven't. Point-of-Rental currently provides award-winning software and service to over 2,000 clients around the world.

Visit http://www.point-of-rental.com to view the full article online.

 
RDO Equipment Co. provides tree care, landscape and utility installation equipment. The company was started by Ron Offutt in 1968 as a John Deere dealership in Casselton, ND, and grew to become a provider of state-of-the-art products and support for the agriculture and construction industries. RDO Equipment Co. remains a family business and today owns and operates more than 70 dealerships in nine states, focused on agriculture, construction, environmental, tree care, underground and machine control, and RDO Water, and sells quality brands such as John Deere, Vermeer and Topcon.

Visit http://www.RDOEquipment.com to view the full article online.

 
RICE Hydro manufactures hydrostatic test pumps, one- and two-man post hole diggers, and shoring pressure pumps. The company was established in 1976 by Allen Rice, who recognized the contractor need for a hydrostatic test pump versus an adapted pressure washer to test pressurized lines. He designed the first hydrostatic test system that allowed for ease of operation, precision, reliability and rapid results. The ever-developing RICE product line of hydrostatic test pumps and the Dirt Dawg, a one-man hydraulic towable post hole digger, is designed to meet today's technological challenges and demands.

Visit http://www.RiceHydro.com to view the full article online.

 
Sakai, manufacturers of compaction equipment, rammers, tampers, plate compactors and rollers, was founded in Japan in 1918 for the manufacture and repair of diesel locomotives and engines. Since then, the company has grown to an annual production of over 4,000 vibratory compactors per year. Sakai vibratory compactors were introduced to North America in 1976 and are known as one of the most state-of-the-art rollers around, with one of the best service records in America. In 2001, Sakai opened its North American manufacturing plant and new headquarters in Georgia.

Visit http://www.sakaiamerica.com to view the full article online.

 
Snorkel manufactures aerial lifts, telehandlers and rental delivery trucks, Snorkel lifts are designed for use on surfaces from slab to rough terrain, supported by superior service, parts and safety training. Quality support and service are Snorkel's priority, and the company supports both Snorkel & UpRight machines.

Visit http://www.snorkellifts.com to view the full article online.

 
Sullivan-Palatek Inc., a leader in innovation and design, is dedicated to building high-quality, energy-efficient compressor packages, both engine- and motor-driven, and offers the industry's widest range of electric and portable rotary screw air compressors. From humble beginnings in 1984, Sullivan-Palatek has grown from providing engineering services to existing clients, to a privately owned company that manufactures the most rugged and reliable machinery available in the market. Assembled right here at home in Indiana, Sullivan-Palatek machines are as tough as the people that build them.

Visit http://www.palatek.com to view the full article online.

 
Reliable and cost-effective electric submersible pumps, engine pumps and generators enable Tsurumi to remain an industry leader in the rental and construction markets. Customers know that while many pumps and generators may look the same, only Tsurumi incorporates the most durable components into the final manufactured product. Tsurumi is a global company working around the world -- it is the pump technology that the world trusts.

Visit http://www.TsurumiAmerica.com to view the full article online.

 
Virginia Abrasives manufactures and distributes a full line of various flooring sandpaper products, bonded abrasive cutting and grinding discs, diamond abrasive tools, non-woven abrasive pads and other related products to the construction products industry -- rental equipment dealers, professional wood and concrete floor surfacing professionals and industrial outlets.

Visit http://www.VirginiaAbrasives.com to view the full article online.

 
BUSINESS NEWS
A California Chamber of Commerce-sponsored job creator bill that incentivizes disability access and education passed two Senate policy committees last week. SB 251 (Roth; D-Riverside) is a balanced approach between preserving the civil rights of those who are disabled to ensure access to all public accommodations, and limiting the number of frivolous lawsuits threatened or filed against businesses that do not improve accessibility. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee last week with unanimous support.

Visit http://swww.naylornetwork.com/ria-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=321411&issueID=35497 to view the full article online.

 
In a landmark case before the Third District Court of Appeal, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) recently argued for the creation of an unprecedented tax doctrine that could raise billions of dollars in new revenues. The ARB described the new revenue not as a tax or a fee (or any other recognized revenue-raising mechanism), but as a "byproduct" of a regulatory program.

Visit http://swww.naylornetwork.com/ria-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=321412&issueID=35497 to view the full article online.

 
A recent article on foxandhoundsdaily.com by James Gallagher and Aubrey Bettencourt discusses Proposition 1, the Water Bond passed in fall 2014, its necessity and the opposition to it from extreme environmental special interest groups. Assemblyman James Gallagher represents the 3rd Assembly District, which encompasses all of Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties as well as portions of Butte and Colusa Counties. Aubrey Bettencourt is the Executive Director of the California Water Alliance. They state that with the passage of the Water Bond, the state legislature and California voters made clear the vital role new storage projects play in addressing the needs of the environment, economy, jobs and a population now twice the size since the state’s last major water infrastructure project was completed.

Visit http://swww.naylornetwork.com/ria-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=321413&issueID=35497 to view the full article online.

 
In the May Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), released on May 12, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) raised its 2015 price forecast for North Sea Brent crude oil to an annual average of $61/barrel (b), $1/b higher than in the April STEO. At the same time, EIA lowered its 2016 forecast of Brent prices to $70/b, $5/b lower than in the April STEO. The May STEO Brent crude price projection for the second quarter of 2015 averages $63/b, $8/b higher than last month’s forecast. The higher forecast reflects actual prices in April that were above EIA’s prior STEO forecast. Several factors contributed to higher crude oil prices in April, including indications of stronger global oil demand growth, expectations for declining U.S. tight oil production in the coming months, and the growing risk of unplanned supply outages in the Middle East and North Africa. These developments, along with other factors, more than outweighed the effects of rising global oil inventories during April. Brent prices are now forecast to remain near the $63/b level for the rest of this year.

Visit http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/weekly/ to view the full article online.

 
CARB
On May 14, the California Air Resources Board announced that Doosan Infracore Company Ltd. has agreed to a settlement totaling $647,500 to resolve violations of the California Health and Safety Code related to the modification of pollution controlled engines in California. This settlement is the result of a voluntary self-disclosure of field modifications made to emission-controlled 2010-2012 heavy-duty compressed natural gas engines. These modifications were implemented by Doosan field representatives, in response to customer operational issues on previously certified engines. The disclosure of these actions to the Air Resources Board was made immediately upon discovery by Doosan’s Engine Quality Assurance Group, ensuring emission compliance.

Visit http://swww.naylornetwork.com/ria-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=321492&issueID=35497 to view the full article online.

 
The regulation requires diesel trucks and buses that operate in California to be upgraded to reduce emissions. Lighter and older, heavier trucks must be replaced starting Jan. 1, 2015. By Jan. 1, 2023, nearly all trucks and buses will need to have 2010 model year engines or equivalent. The regulation applies to nearly all privately and federally owned diesel-fueled trucks and buses and to privately and publicly owned school buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds.

What's New: The Truck and Bus Reporting System Updated for 2015 Compliance Options (Dec. 18, 2014): The Truck and Bus regulation reporting system and the Online Reporting Guide have been updated to include 2015 compliance requirements and options.

Visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/onrdiesel.htm to view the full article online.

 
The small off-road engine (SORE) category consists of off-road, spark-ignition engines below 25 horsepower, including small utility equipment, lawn mowers and weed trimmers. This category does not include compression-ignition engines, watercraft or recreational vehicles. The following includes general information regarding small off-road engines and ARB's SORE program: Small Off-Road Engines Fact Sheet and Certification Guidelines – online access to relevant certification documents for manufacturers.

Visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/offroad/sore/sore.htm to view the full article online.

 
Owners or operators of portable engines and certain other types of equipment can register their units under the Air Resources Board's (ARB) Statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP) in order to operate their equipment throughout California without having to obtain individual permits from local air districts.

Portable Diesel Engine Airborne Toxic Control Measure
On Jan. 1, 2013, the Portable Engine Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) fleet emission standards went into effect. The ATCM required owners of portable engines to submit a Fleet Compliance Report to the Air Resources Board by March 1, 2013. The next Fleet Compliance Report will be due March 1, 2017.

CRITICAL ENGINE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
June 30, 2015: This is the last day ARB will accept initial registration applications for Interim Tier 4 engines rated 75 bhp and above.

Effective July 1, 2015: For initial registration into PERP, all diesel engines must meet the Final Tier 4 certification tier level or be a Flex engine certified under the flexibility provisions of Federal 40 CFR 1039.625, or CFR 89.102, or California Code of Regulations section 2423 (d). The PERP eligibility requirements take effect six months after the federal and CARB non-road engine emission standards for engine manufacturers change.

Visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/portable/portable.htm to view the full article online.

 
On July 26, 2007, the Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted a regulation to reduce diesel particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions from in-use (existing), off-road, heavy-duty diesel vehicles in California.

Posted Dec. 8, 2014: Fleet Average Calculator for Small Fleets has been made available for public use. The Small Fleet Average Calculator is for small-sized off-road fleets (2,500 or less total horsepower), and covers all compliance years. The calculator is available at the link below. Fleet owners utilizing the calculator are advised to first read the User Guide in order to familiarize themselves with the calculator.

Visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/ordiesel/ordiesel.htm to view the full article online.

 
Q: I heard that there is a new extension available that delays compliance until 2018, is this true?
A: No. However, the Board approved an option that, in specific situations, could delay compliance for up to three trucks until Jan. 1, 2017 for owners that can demonstrate they are financially unable to comply. This option is called the Economic Hardship Extension. The Economic Hardship Extension is a last resort for fleets that were out of compliance for 2014 and have exhausted all of their compliance options. Fleet owners will need to prove they are financially unable to comply with rule requirements.

Visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/truckstop.htm to view the full article online.

 
The Truck and Bus Regulation will reduce diesel-exhaust emissions from privately owned and federal government diesel trucks and buses. Privately and publicly owned school buses have different requirements and do not need to be reported. This CARB site has the Truck Regulations Upload and Compliance Reporting System (TRUCRS).

The reporting period for 2015 compliance closed Jan. 31, 2015. Vehicle owners that already reported will need to update their vehicle and owner information as it changes. If you bought or sold vehicles from your fleet, installed filters or upgraded engines on any of your vehicles, you must report that information within 30 days of the change. If you reported for a mileage-based extension such as the low-mileage construction truck extension, the agricultural vehicle extension or the low-use exemption, you must report your vehicle's Jan. 1 odometer reading by Jan. 31 each year. Also, if you sell a vehicle that was using the extension, then you must report the ending odometer reading.

Visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/reportinginfo.htm to view the full article online.

 
In December 2011, major amendments to the Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation became effective. The changes to the regulation are reflected in the fact sheets, advisories and answers to frequently asked questions available on the Knowledge Center for the Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation Web page. Categories of information found on this page include: Requirements in Effect Now, Enforcement and Regulatory Advisories, Free Training Seminars and Frequently Asked Questions.

Visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/ordiesel/knowcenter.htm#outreachmats to view the full article online.

 
This area of the Off-Road Mobile Sources website pertains to off-road, large spark-ignition (LSI) equipment greater than 25 horsepower, including farm, construction and industrial equipment, powered by gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other alternate fuels. Typical applications that use LSI engines include forklifts, specialty vehicles, airport service vehicles, large turf-care equipment, portable generators and a wide array of other agricultural, construction and general industrial equipment. The U.S. EPA has sole authority to control new farm and construction equipment under 175 horsepower.

Visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/offroad/orspark/orspark.htm to view the full article online.

 
The ARB's Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program and Periodic Smoke Inspection Program were adopted into law in 1988 to control excessive smoke emissions and tampering from heavy-duty diesel trucks and buses. The regulations Title 13 CCR, sections 2180-2189 for HDVIP and Title 13 CCR, sections 2190-2194 for PSIP, which govern these programs, were last amended in 2013.

The HDVIP program requires heavy-duty trucks and buses to be inspected for excessive smoke and tampering and for engine certification label compliance. Any heavy-duty vehicle traveling in California, including vehicles registered in other states and foreign countries, may be tested. Tests are performed by ARB inspection teams at border crossings, CHP weigh stations, fleet facilities and randomly selected roadside locations. Owners of trucks and buses found in violation are subject to minimum penalties starting at $300 per violation.

Visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/hdvip/hdvip.htm to view the full article online.

 
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