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October 23, 2014
Oktoberfest by The Construction Industry CPP Corona, CA more..

October 2628, 2014

Northwest Rental Conference Seaside, OR more...

November 13, 2014
San Diego Territory & ARA of CA Joint Yard Party hosted by BJ's Rental — Chula Vista, CA

November 1416, 2014
ARA & ARA of CA Sponsored Young Professional Network Conference, San Diego, CA

December 2, 2014
CRA San Francisco Bay Area Territory Holiday Party – Newark, CA

December 3, 2014
CRA Vintage Territory Holiday Party at Cattleman – Petaluma, CA

December 9, 2014
CRA Tri-County Territory Holiday Party

December 10, 2014
CRA Greater LA/Orange Territory Holiday Party at Northwoods Inn – La Mirada, CA

December 11, 2014
CRA Inland Territory Holiday Party at King's Fish House – Corona, CA

January 2628, 2015
CRA Rental Rally, Las Vegas, NV

January 2930, 2015
ICE Expo, Las Vegas, NV

See CRA's Calendar page for more
information on our upcoming events.

Tired of messing with ramps? Towmaster’s drop-deck tilt-bed trailer is easy to use. This trailer features a dual-locking, single lever tilt mechanism that lets you tilt the bed from one side of the trailer. A hydraulic cylinder cushions the deck to ease the equipment when unloading or loading. When the equipment is loaded, the deck automatically locks into place. The improved approach ramp provides traction and a low-load angle. Rubber-torsion axles provide a smooth tow and a self-charging battery break-away system is included for safety. The T-12DT is available in several deck lengths. Towmaster trailers have an excellent fit and finish with an unmatched frame warranty.
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CRA’s 2015 Equipment and Party Rental Rally Tradeshow will be held January 26–28 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the South Point Casino Hotel & Convention Center, a great venue with the convenience of having the convention center and hotel on the same property. Exhibit days are January 27–28.

CRA welcomes our newest exhibitors — see the following 13 articles for information about these new exhibitors. Click on "Learn More" for a complete list of tradeshow exhibitors.
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360 Payment Solutions Credit Card Processing is CRA's preferred provider for credit card serivces. The people behind 360 have a passion for improving the merchant's experience of accepting electronic payments. Whether the merchant is processing credit cards in the store, accepting checks online or awarding points for consumer loyalty, we want to be a part of the process.
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American Turf & Carpet is the nation's oldest and largest provider of special event carpet and artificial turf for the events industry. ATC was founded with the belief that consistent quality, extraordinary service, rapid delivery times and flexibility would enable the company to rise to the top of the special events field. In 2008, ATC was acquired by Signature Systems Group, LLC – the world's leading manufacturer of event flooring systems. Today American Turf & Carpet offers nationwide services with corporate headquarters in NYC and four sales and distribution facilities strategically located throughout the U.S.
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Since 1982, Allied’s solutions-driven services, uncommon insights and unparalleled service have strengthened our clients’ businesses. Licensed nationwide, we focus exclusively on the rental equipment and party goods, crane, scaffold, wood products, and human services industries. Allied does whatever it takes to drive efficiencies through risk management, loss control and negotiating with insurers to secure the best pricing terms, collectively lowering your total insurance cost and improving your bottom line.
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John W. Duntley had in mind the idea of sourcing and selling construction tools "that weren’t yet available." In 1894, he established the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company. Today, our people start the day with the drive to research, develop, manufacture and deliver the products that meet your needs: Construction Equipment Air Compressors, Air Tools, Compaction, Hydraulic Breakers, Generators and Light Towers. To guarantee consistently high performance, strict testing and quality inspections are standard throughout all CP engineering, production, delivery and aftersales processes.
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Clearview Financial Financing for the Rental Store and Rental Store Customers – We understand your business, we know the equipment, we know the customers and vendors. ClearView Financial can finance equipment for any business, new or used. ClearView Financial works in all industries in the US and Canada. ClearView is a division of Allegiant Partners with over $50 million in assets.
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EPIC, CRA's preferred provider for insurance services, is a unique and innovative retail property & casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that sustains a high level of customer service excellence. With more than $150 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the United States.
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In survey after survey, rental dealers have consistently rated General Pipe Cleaners their most preferred brand of drain cleaning equipment by a wide margin. The company provides drain cleaning equipment and locating & inspection equipment that is durable, dependable and easy to use, resulting in many happy return rental customers. Packed with safety features, their rugged, reliable cable machines have a solid reputation for reliability.
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Genie® products, aerial work platforms and telehandlers, are used in a wide range of industries on jobsites and in facilities around the world. Our versatile booms, lifts and more are the right choice for many applications, including anywhere you need to lift workers, tools and materials to get the job done.Genie scissor lifts, articulating booms and manually propelled lifts are used in industrial applications from maintenance to manufacturing.
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Hammerco, Inc. was developed in 2000 to market a hydraulic breaker of superior quality and design. With over 20 years of hydraulic engineering experience and 40 years in the construction industry, the company's founder assessed the needs of customers who require a quality hammer for every day use. Hammerco G-Series hydraulic breakers quickly became known for their power and reliability, proving themselves in the harsh conditions of the rental industry. Hammerco has also expanded into the demolition, compaction and small equipment markets, offering water trailers, hydraulic breakers, crushers and shearers.
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Since 1967, MBW has been manufacturing one of the construction industry's most interesting lines of compaction, concrete and related equipment. MBW begins each new engineering project with the assumption that significant progress can be made in terms of improved productivity, reduced maintenance, longer life, enhanced user safety or lower long-term cost of ownership. Our goal is to provide equipment users with products of significant, tangible, comparative value... reasons to invest in MBW products.
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Rice Hydro, offering hydrostatic test pumps, 1-man & 2-man post hole diggers, and shoring pressure pumps, was established in 1976 by Allen Rice, who designed the first hydrostatic test system. This system allowed for ease of operation, precision, reliability and rapid results. The company's current owners continued to grow RICE Hydro into the well-known, respected company it is today. The ever-developing RICE product line of hydrostatic test pumps and the Dirt Dawg, a 1-man hydraulic towable post hole digger is designed to meet today's technological challenges and demands.
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Star Industries, a company that supplies forklift / telehandlers, loader and crane attachments, proudly supports CRA by exhibiting at the Rental Rally Tradeshow. Company reps look forward to meeting face to face with many of our dealers and users. Star forklift & skid-steer attachments and masonry equipment will be on display.
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Wacker Neuson, a global manufacturer of light and compact equipment, is your single source supplier for equipment in the rental industry. Whatever the need, let Wacker Neuson provide the correct solution for your customers. Some of their product line includes skid steers, excavators, rammers, rollers, concrete trowels, light towers, pumps, generators and heaters.
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The following article by Assemblyman Jim Patterson, California State Assembly, District 23, urges Californians to vote to stop lawsuit abuse: "This week, supporters of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse recognizes Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about the impact lawsuit abuse has on our society. There is no doubt lawsuit abuse is taking a tremendous toll on our economy. California’s legal climate is consistently ranked number one in having among the least fair and reasonable litigation environments of all the U.S. states."
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Following are brief summaries of the measures that will appear on the November General Election ballot. When the California Chamber of Commerce has taken a position, the reasons for that position are summarized. The CalChamber encourages employers to share this information with their employees. Businesses are within their rights to do so—just remember: no paycheck stuffers, no coercion, no rewarding or punishing employees (or threatening to do so) for their political activities or beliefs. For more guidelines on political communications to employees, see the brochure at www.calchamber.com/guidelines.
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The following list summarizes the final status of priority bills for the California Chamber of Commerce that were sent to the governor this year, as well as federal action on the Ex-Im Bank. The CalChamber will publish a record of legislators’ votes on key bills affecting the California business climate on October 17. Generally, the bills selected for the vote record have appeared in one of the status reports. Bills signed by the governor will become law on January 1, 2015. Urgency measures went into effect immediately upon being signed.
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Notwithstanding triple-digit temperatures in parts of California, the winter heating season has begun for much of the country, including the Midwest and the Northeast, where heating oil and propane are important heating fuels. Each October, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) publishes an outlook for winter energy supply, demand and prices as part of its October Short-Term Energy and Winter Outlook (STEO). EIA projects the retail price of heating oil to average $3.63 per gallon this winter heating season (October 2014–March 2015), which would be $0.25/gal lower than the average price during the winter of 2013–14. This lower heating oil price reflects EIA's forecast for a lower Brent crude oil price. EIA projects the retail propane price during the winter heating season in the Midwest and Northeast to average $0.62/gal and $0.18/gal lower, respectively, than the winter 2013–14 average.
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The regulation requires diesel trucks and buses that operate in California to be upgraded to reduce emissions. Newer, heavier trucks and buses must meet PM filter requirements beginning January 1, 2012. Lighter and older, heavier trucks must be replaced starting January 1, 2015. By January 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:
Early Access to Economic Hardship and Agricultural Vehicle Extensions (September 12, 2014): Advisory MSC 14-13 provides early access to the economic hardship extension and compliance options for cattle trucks and other agricultural vehicles.
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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).

Who Needs to Report for 2014?
• Small Fleet Option – Closed as of January 31, 2014
• PM Filter Phase-In Option – Closed as of January 31, 2014
• Agricultural Vehicle – Open January 2015 and closed thereafter
• NOx Exempt Area Operation – January 31 of any year
• Log Truck Phase-In – January 31 of any year until 2015
• Low-Use – January 31 of any year
• Low-Mileage Work Truck Option – January 31 of any year

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 extensions such as the low-mileage construction truck extension, the agricultural vehicle extension or the low-use exemption, you must report your vehicle's January 1 odometer reading by January 31 each year. Also, if you sell a vehicle that was using the extension, then you must report the ending odometer reading.
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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.
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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 January 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.

Changes to Fleets
The ATCM also requires owners to ensure the average PM emission level for their fleet does not fall out of compliance due to changes in the fleet. Owners of portable diesel engine fleets who are adding or removing engines are strongly encouraged to re-calculate their fleet average. Other changes, such as modifying a registration to be low-use or emergency only-use, can also affect the fleet emissions average.
We recommend that once you have completed the calculator, save it and update it any time your portable fleet changes. Diesel-engine owners submitting applications for PERP registration for the first time must include a Fleet Compliance Report. This includes transfer of existing registrations for engines you have purchased.

Effective July 1, 2014 – For initial registration into PERP, all diesel engines must meet the following certification tier levels:
• 50 to 74 bhp – Final Tier 4
• 75 to 174 bhp – Interim Tier 4
• 175 to 750 bhp – Final Tier 4
• Over 750 bhp – Interim Tier 4
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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.

What's New? (posted August 1, 2014)
Exemptions and requirements for two-engine, water-well drilling rigs during the Drought State of Emergency. On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in California due to severe statewide drought. Guidance and answers to frequently asked questions for both in-state and out-of-state water-well drillers are now available.
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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.
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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.
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All diesel-fueled trucks, buses, trailers and transportation refrigeration units operating in California, including those based out of state, have requirements to reduce air pollution and improve the state's overall air quality.
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In December 2011 major amendments to the Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation, which include delaying the first compliance date to no earlier than January 1, 2014, 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.
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Driving Toward a Cleaner California (DTCC) is a coalition of owner-operators, farmers, construction contractors and other business and community leaders committed to working with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to craft a sensible truck and bus replacement rule that both cleans the air and keeps California's economy moving forward. However, we have to apologize – with a high volume of news, we have been overwhelmed with keeping up with the latest industry news. Our staff will be working on getting you the latest updates. In the meantime, you may also visit our sister affiliate site for the latest on CARB, AB32 and any related news to the industry. Click on "Learn More" to access this site.
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