Rental Show Attendance Up 5 Percent

March 3, 2014

Attendance at The Rental Show 2014 was up nearly 5 percent over the previous year, with visitors from 43 countries attending the show. Organized by the American Rental Association (ARA), the show was held in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 9 to 12.

The show also included more than 675 exhibitors, reflecting an increase of 10 percent over 2013. More than 80 companies were first-time exhibitors.

“It’s been a tremendous event for the industry in every facet,” said Christine Wehrman, ARA’s CEO. “The attitude, the economic outlook and the optimism only can mean another great year of growth for the equipment rental industry. The ARA is very pleased to see a positive outlook for the future.”

“This has been a great show,” said Scott Smith of Ditch Witch in Perry, Okla., a 56-year exhibitor. “There is a lot of optimism and it feels like a better economy is more widespread. A year ago, the economy for us was very driven by the energy sector but it feels like it is a lot broader this year. When we get to New Orleans for the show next year, it will be even better.”

The 2015 Rental Show will return to New Orleans Feb. 22 to 25 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Hotels are available for booking online at, with additional information being added to the website as it is available.