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About The American Rental Association

American Rental Association

The American Rental Association (ARA) is the international trade association for owners of equipment rental businesses and manufacturers and suppliers of rental equipment. Current membership includes approximately 8,600 rental businesses and nearly 1,000 manufacturers and suppliers. Its headquarters are in Moline, Ill., where 22 Midwestern rental business owners founded ARA in 1955. ARA has additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, Mo.

ARA serves three broad categories of rental:

  • Construction and industrial equipment 
  • General tool and homeowner equipment 
  • Special event and party equipment

ARA members are located in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, every Canadian province, and more than 30 countries worldwide. The Canadian Rental Association is part of ARA. Within North America, ARA divides its membership into ten regions, with Canada comprising region 10. There are many ARA state and local branches within these regions.

ARA's annual convention, The Rental Show, is the largest rental trade show in the world. The Rental Show is a "buying" trade show where transactions take place on the floor, with a concentrated and industry-specific audience. Nearly 700 exhibitors attend the show, which is annually ranked among the top 100 shows by Tradeshow Week magazine. The Rental Show will be held Feb. 9-12, 2014 at The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

ARA offers numerous year-round services tailored to fit the needs of ARA membership. These services, which range from a national advertising campaign to hands-on training workshops for rental professionals, promote the success of ARA members and advance the growth of the rental industry.

ARA's office in Washington, D.C., focuses on legislation and regulation at the federal level for the benefit of the rental industry. Each spring, the National Legislative Caucus brings ARA General Members and Associate Members to Washington to learn more about the legislative process and meet one-on-one with members of Congress about issues of importance to rental. The association's political action committee, ARAPAC, is funded by contributions from individual ARA members and provides financial support to candidates for federal office.

Since its inception more than 50 years ago, ARA has continued to prosper. North American rental industry revenue is estimated to be more than $38 billion in 2013, according to leading international economic forecasting firm, IHS Global Insight. For more information, contact ARA’s public relations department at 800-334-2177, ext. 270.

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