Evans Equipment Co. celebrates 10 years in business
More than 10 years ago, Michelle and Jeff Evans went to The Rental Show and came back, heads filled with advice, hearts filled with trepidation and a stack of business cards from those who would become fast friends. They had purchased post-hole diggers and skid-steers. They were in the middle of constructing a new 9,000-sq.-ft. building. In short, life was in major flux. Then in April 2002, they opened their new rental store, Evans Equipment Co., in Glenwood, Iowa.
Jeff was no stranger to rental. The Evans have had a national hazardous waste removal business, Evans Environmental Construction, (evansenv.com) for 30 years. For bigger jobs with the environmental business, he would take some of his hazmat equipment along, but rent the rest at the site.
Before they decided to expand into a new business, the couple researched several ideas — including fast food — until they decided on rental. Then Jeff went looking for an association.
“I was a member of AGC [Associated General Contractors] and of the American Water Works Association. I knew there had to be a trade group or master brain behind the equipment rental industry. I knew Jim McElroy at Resource Rental Center in Council Bluffs and he directed me to the ARA [American Rental Association],” he says.
“The huge eye-opener was the show. That helped us determine which companies to buy from and what to buy. Everyone was willing to help. Rental people are so service-oriented. That’s why they want to take you by the hand,” he says.
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