December 2015 Past Issues/Subscribe | Printer-Friendly | Advertise
CRA Calendar

Happy Holidays to All 
   from the CRA Board and Staff!

December 31, 2015

RSIF Scholarship Applications are due. More...

January 4, 2016
Deadline for submitting photos for the 2014/2015 CRA Event Photo Contest! More...

January 14-18, 2016
RV Winter Campout, Quartzsite, AZ. More...

January 26-28, 2016
2016 West Coast Rental Rally Trade Show, Las Vegas, Nevada. More...

See CRA's Calendar page for more information on our upcoming events.
GBS Linens, a leader in the specialty table linen market, recently unveiled a fresh new look and new logo. The new look supports the company's vision of helping customers create lifetime memories for their clients' special occasions.
"Our new brand identity clearly expresses how our strengths meet the most critical client requests and is another step in our ongoing efforts to remain innovative and in touch with the ever-changing market," said Carol Trapschuh, national sales manager. "Our new brand leverages our 31 years of industry leadership and stands as an unwavering commitment to our clients."
GBS Linens is a full-service company that manufactures, rents, and launders specialty tablecloths, napkins and chair covers for the special event and hospitality industries. Headquartered in Anaheim, California, GBS Linens has eight facilities across California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and Florida.
Learn More...
Allegiant Partners Incorporated announced Nov. 30 that ClearView Financial, an Allegiant Partners Company, will undergo a name and logo change to "Allegiant Partners, ClearView Commercial Division." Allegiant Partners purchased ClearView Financial, located in Washington State, in 2013. Concurrently, the company has successfully implemented Salesforce as its CRM and front-end credit processing, adjudication and documentation platform across the company. The new system allows all marketing databases, customer service, credit and front-end processing to be much more efficiently managed.
Learn More...

Armadillo Tire, LLC
Steven Smith
317 S. McLennan Loop, Elm Mott, TX 76640
(254) 709-1395

Cal-Line Equipment, Inc.
Deborah Knoll
13030 Firestone Blvd., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
(916) 479-5052

John Hillstrom
9876 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215
(816) 246-5515

LoJack Corp.
Scott Manchuso
40 Pequot Way, Canton, MA 02021
(781) 302-4200S

Mainline Carpets
Jeff Condra
2860 N. Dug Gap Rd., Dalton, GA 30720
(706) 277-3083

McCourt Mfg.
Cameron Bailey1001 N. 3rd St.Fort Smith, AR  72901
(479) 783-2593

Shipp Cleaning Systems
Chuck Shipp
1360 Business Center Drive, Conyers, GA 30094
(800) 962-1723
2016 West Coast Rental Rally sponsorship opportunities are available, and there is no better way to demonstrate your support for the rental industry to your rental center customers! CRA is extending an invitation to individuals and businesses to support our exciting event through various sponsorships. Sponsorship can include cash, raffle prizes, and in-kind donations. Interested sponsors have a choice of five levels of sponsorship -- click on "Learn More" to find a sponsorship opportunity that suits you or your company.
Learn More...
CRA's 2016 West Coast Rental Rally Tradeshow is scheduled for Jan. 26-28, 2016, at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since the publication of the October e-newsletter, 14 more exhibitors have signed up to exhibit at the show. Thank you to these exhibitors! See the following articles about each of these exhibitors and the products they offer. Click on "Learn More" for more information about the show and to see the complete list of exhibitors to date.
Learn More...
Apex Rentals is the local Kubota dealer for all of the high desert area in California, including Victorville, Apple Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale, Barstow, and all the surrounding cities. Apex offers new and used Kubota equipment for sale -- tractors, excavators, utility vehicles, and Kubota parts. Financing is available on both new and used Kubota equipment through Kubota Credit Corporation. For details, please contact Ryan at 760-244-9349.
Learn More...
DITEQ Corporation offers concrete, stone, and tile cutting and drilling tools. Visit their booth to see what they can offer you!
Learn More...
Toku America was founded in March 2010 as a fully owned subsidiary of Toku Pneumatic Co. Ltd, to serve the needs of the construction and demolition industries of North and South America. The company is based in the heart of Willoughby, Ohio. Toku America has a serious commitment to offering quality products and services to the construction attachment industry, including hydraulic breakers, compactors and more.
Learn More...
Towmaster manufactures flatbed tag trailers and gooseneck trailers designed to haul construction and rental equipment. Their trailers are built on a heavy-duty frame designed to withstand years of heavy use. They build many types of trailers, including drop-deck, deck-over, tilt-bed, gooseneck, lowboy, and hydraulic dump. There are also many options available to customize a trailer specific to your hauling needs. If you haul equipment, you need a trailer. Towmaster stands out with a reputation for quality, durability, and dependability. Towmaster trailers are proudly made in the USA, and they have an extensive dealer organization across the U.S. and Canada.
Learn More...
Armadillo Tire, LLC is the product of returning to a time when people did business with people, when products were high quality and when manufacturer representatives understood the needs of their dealers and were men/women of integrity! Steven Smith founded Armadillo Tire, LLC in 2014. Steven has worked at the dealer level for over 13 years and understands what a dealer and his/her customer really wants. He possesses insight with regard to not only delivering value to the dealer and end-user, but also understands the strict quality requirements many original equipment manufacturers require for a product to be stamped "OEM Approved," having started his career working for Darr Equipment Co., a Caterpillar dealer. Armadillo offers solid tires for skid steers and telehandlers.
Learn More...
Mainline Carpets (affiliated with Emerald Carpets) offers custom carpets, event carpet, artificial turf, landscape grass, and vinyl flooring. They are a leading supplier of carpet to the tradeshow and special events industries, and the only vertically integrated carpet manufacturer for these markets. Vertical integration means that they manufacture all the products put into the carpet to ensure the highest quality production standards. They offer the largest selection of styles and colors for aisle carpets, registration areas, common areas and large wall-to-wall installations, with custom colors available. Their carpets incorporate exclusive expo system backing to better support the fibers in high traffic areas.
Learn More...
With 40 years combined experience selling backhoes, skip loaders, loaders, excavators and skid steers, Rexin Equipment has the experience necessary to provide an exciting and trouble-free buying experience. Rexin sells equipment both domestically and internationally, with customers as far away as Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, and throughout Mexico. Rexin Equipment will work hard to fulfill your wants, needs, and expectations by providing economical quality business solutions. Rexin also offers buckets and SANY Excavators, and JSR & Thombs.
Learn More...
Shipp Cleaning Systems offers floor care equipment and chemicals. They also supply tent cleaning chemicals, visit to see more of their tent-cleaning products.
Learn More...
Therma-Stor LLC was established in 1977 to apply advanced heat transfer technologies to residential and commercial markets and offers dehumidification, heat, A/C, HEPA, and air movers. Beginning with heat-recovery water heaters, Therma-Stor now also manufactures a line of residential dehumidifiers, which includes the Santa Fe series of free-standing dehumidifiers and the Ultra-Aire series of whole house ventilating dehumidifiers. Therma-Stor also offers HI-E Dry commercial dehumidifiers and the Phoenix line of restoration equipment for dehumidification, air scrubbing, water extraction, and evaporative drying.
Learn More...
Protect your vehicles! For over 25 years, LoJack has provided safety, security and protection for an ever-growing range of valuable assets. And now they make it easier for you to manage, optimize and secure your investment. Vehicle and equipment theft is a big business operated by professional thieves. When it comes to protecting your vehicles in the event of theft, LoJack offers a highly effective Stolen Vehicle Recovery System option. Whether you need our ruggedized version for vehicles and equipment, or our standard system for light-duty and car fleets, they help you protect your vehicles and equipment, working with the police to recover what’s yours and minimize any business downtime.
Learn More...
McCourt Manufacturing produces stackable folding chairs, stackable stationary chairs, plywood folding tables with the SuperCorner option, and other event products. Our Commercialite® blow-molded folding table peaks the industry in durability and affordability. All products come in a variety of sizes and colors, storage systems are also available. McCourt Manufacturing strives to produce affordable, quality tables and chairs for its customer base that includes purchasers from Canada, United Kingdom, France, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Japan and Ecuador, as well as the United States.
Learn More...
Block and Roll Tent Ballast Solutions provides an innovative way to manage and move cement tent ballasts. In recent years, the demand for ballasting or weighting tents has increased. The addition of underground utilities in many areas introduces a liability for tent installers while many facilities are concerned about staking in their parking lots. As a result, many large city properties, parks and sporting venues do not permit staking. Block and Roll Tent's system allows for easy and safe handling of heavy cement blocks with or without a forklift. Block and Roll blocks can be stacked for increased weight and easy storage. The company offers equipment to handle blocks from 350 to 700 lb. without the use of a fork lift. Weights have multiple tie-off points for secure tensioning.
Learn More...
Enerco produces propane/natural gas tent heaters and accessories and has been at the forefront of infrared combustion technology since 1957. Enerco’s market-leading Heatstar branded products are designed, engineered, and manufactured for professionals who require tough, durable heaters for heavy-duty commercial, construction, and rental applications. In addition, Heatstar’s permanently mounted infrared tube heaters and high-intensity overhead heaters deliver high-efficient, radiant-style heat in both new construction or as a replacement heat source in numerous applications such as warehouses, manufacturing buildings, pole barns, and automotive repair bays.
Learn More...
Paladin Attachments produces construction attachments and is one of the largest independent manufacturers of coupler systems and attachment tools while also specializing in custom capabilities for carriers from small compact tool carriers to large excavators, wheel loaders, tractors and truck chassis. Unifying 11 industry-leading brands with more than 300 years of combined experience, they offer a comprehensive product selection and services both domestically and globally.
Learn More...
New Members - Rental Center

Acme Lift Company
Dan Vita
4751 E. Indigo St., Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 521-3384

Lister Rents
Cory Lister
252 Skyline Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805) 497-8541

Pilchuck Rentals & Sales
Lance Brown
9114 State Ave., Marysville, WA 98270
(360) 659-5557

Service Rentals and Supplies, Inc.
Ryan Ouye
147 Kalepa Pl.
Kahului, HI 96732-2456
(808) 877-3410

Branch Members

Service Rentals and Supplies, Inc. Kauai
Guy Higa
1587 Haleukana Street, Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 245-6360

Service Rentals and Supplies, Inc. Kona
Kaiiwa VonPlaten
74-5603 Pawai Place, Kailua, HI 96740
(808) 329-1644

Service Rentals and Supplies, Inc. Oahu
Ward Ogata
1255 Kuala St., Pearl City, HI 96782
(808) 455-1028
The San Francisco Bay Area and Vintage Territories held their annual Holiday Parties at Harry’s Hofbrau and Cattlemans Restaurants. (Click on "Learn More" to see photos from these parties.) Great meals were had by all, and festivities included fun raffles with items from CRA and from many vendors -- thank you, vendors! Discussions and announcements included the 2016 Western Rental Rally schedule, registration, seminars, and optional events, which include the Opening Cocktail Party and the CRA Crawl on the Linq. To date, we have 300 vendor booths, with party and event, construction, and industrial products, and service providers. Check out for complete details and to make hotel reservations at the Westgate Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). The new quarterly Rental Rally Magazine was also a hot topic, along with RSIF scholarship applications, which are due by Dec. 31. RSIF applications can be found at Also on the CRA website is the new youtube video about the history of CRA, which was put together by Jim Grasse -- thank you, Jim -- good job! The CRA RV campout, Jan. 14-17, 2016, at Quartzsite, AZ, was also promoted. Watch for next month's eJournal for the TriCounty, Greater LA/Orange and the Inland Territory Holiday Party pictures and highlights.
Learn More...
Worker’s Compensation/time off from work for on-the-job injuries and illnesses can drive up your insurance rates. There are steps that can be taken early on to help speed up the employee’s recovery and reduce claim costs.

What is "Return to Work"? Helping your employees back to work as soon as possible after a job-related injury or illness. This could mean:
• Shorter hours doing their usual job.
• Performing various light-duty tasks.
• Doing different work temporarily at another location, such as a nonprofit organization.
Learn More...
Los Angeles — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Dec. 9 that $94,700 in fines and more than 1,394 items, including engines, scooters and ATVs, were recently seized, exported out of the country, or destroyed. This was the latest result of their continued joint operations, at the ports of LA, Long Beach, and Oakland, targeting foreign-made vehicles and equipment without proper emission controls, as well as illegal pesticides, imported into the United States in violation of federal law. EPA estimates that the noncompliant vehicles and engines in its enforcement cases announced recently would have emitted at least 215,000 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC) per year.
Learn More...
The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of Western farmers, ranchers and businesses, as well as urban, suburban and rural residents, are urging members of a U.S. Senate committee to put aside partisan differences and work together to produce comprehensive drought legislation that can be passed and signed into law this year. In its letter to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the coalition said it is confident the committee can draw upon a strong foundation to create this legislation.
Learn More...
The California Chamber of Commerce is presenting handy summaries of new legislation taking effect in 2016 that will affect the day-to-day operations of California employers. The summaries appear in a CalChamber white paper, available to download at Some of these new laws make important changes to existing state law. Other mandates make small changes to different parts of existing law or may affect only certain types of employers, such as employers with piece-rate workers. The CalChamber also reminds employers that the minimum wage increases on Jan. 1, 2016, to $10 an hour. The increase is not a new law, but is the last mandatory increase from the legislation signed into law in 2013.
Learn More...
The Board of Directors of the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of R. Granville Loar to the position of executive director of the association. Loar began his work with SAIA in July 2009 as the director of education & training. During the six years under Loar's leadership, the training department saw a 151 percent increase in the number of students participating in SAIA courses, as well as 125 percent department revenue growth. He has been functioning as interim executive director since the position vacancy in mid-October 2015. Prior to joining the SAIA, Loar held the position of executive director for a similarly structured international association.
Learn More...
The Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) released on Dec. 8 forecasts non-OPEC crude oil and other liquids production to grow by 1.2 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2015, and then decline by 0.4 million b/d in 2016, which would be the first annual decline in non-OPEC production since 2008. The shift in expectation from non-OPEC production growth to declines in 2016 is mostly because of declines in U.S. onshore and North Sea production. Non-OPEC production growth in 2015 is largely attributable to investments committed to projects before the oil price decline that began in mid-2014. Redirection of investment away from exploration toward currently producing fields has also helped maintain or increase production levels in other non-OPEC countries. This strategy has helped maintain production levels in the short term, but it will likely result in lower future production in areas that depend on continued exploration successes for output growth.
Learn More...
Truck and Bus Regulation: On-Road, Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles (In-Use) Regulation
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 Now Available for 2016 (Dec. 10, 2015). The Truck and Bus regulation reporting system is now available for fleet owners to report diesel vehicle information for 2016 at no cost. From this site, you can report your company and vehicle information. We encourage fleets to report early, before the Jan. 31, 2016, reporting deadline. If you have previously reported, you can access your account by using your username and password.
Learn More...
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.
What's New: Nov. 10, 2015 - The Air Resources Board has released Mail-Out #ML 15-01 describing changes to the evaporative certification process for SORE equipment and fuel tanks.
Learn More...
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.

A 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 here. Fleet owners utilizing the calculator are advised to first read the User Guide in order to familiarize themselves with the calculator.

Posted Dec. 10, 2015
Updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and DOORS User Guides are now available in the Off-Road Knowledge Center. The FAQs on Verified Diesel Emission Control Strategy (VDECS), VDECS Credit, Adding Vehicles, and Written Idling Policy Guidelines have been updated for clarification and to include guidance for fleets with Cleaire devices, along with the DOORS User Guides on How to Report Engine Repowers, How to Report Vehicles Which Have Been Sold or Retired, and How to View Equipment Identification Numbers (EINs) and Print or Export Vehicle and Engine Data to be consistent with DOORS updates. These updated documents are available in the Knowledge Center.
Learn More...
Purpose of this Site: This website was created at the direction of Gov. Schwarzenegger to enhance transparency in state government activities and earn the trust of the voters who approved a historic level of bond funding in November 2006 for the purpose of ensuring a vital infrastructure.
How to Use this Site: In November of 2006, the voters approved five bond measures, Propositions 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E and 84. Links can be accessed to sites for each of these bond measures (as future bonds are authorized, they too will be added to Bond Information page). Selecting a bond link will take you to a site that will contain a variety of information about the expenditures from the bonds' future for California.

Upcoming Events: When can I apply for Proposition 1B funding?
Local Air Districts are currently accepting applications for locomotive and transport refrigeration unit projects as noted on this page.
Learn More...
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.
Posted Sept. 25, 2015: Public Workshops to Discuss Proposed Amendments to the Off-Road Large Spark-Ignition Engine Fleet Regulation
Staff is developing a proposal to require reporting and labeling, similar to the existing In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation, for equipment covered by the LSI Fleet Regulation. Additional minor clarifications are also being proposed. The proposed amendments are critical to providing needed inventory updates, facilitating uniform compliance, and identifying incentive opportunities. Staff is also interested in hearing from affected stakeholders on alternatives to achieving these same objectives. For more information, please contact Todd Sterling, air pollution specialist, at (916) 323-2397. To be apprised of public workshops or other opportunities for public input, please subscribe to the regulation mailing list.
Learn More...
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.
Learn More...
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 2016? The reporting period for 2016 compliance closes Jan. 31, 2016. Those who had opted-in to mileage-based extension for 2015 must report end of year odometer readings and confirm whether you will continue to use the same option in 2016. By reporting, owners can take advantage of flexibility options for heavy-duty diesel powered vehicles subject to the Truck and Bus regulation.
Learn More...
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.
Learn More...
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.
Learn More...
Delivery Vehicle Survey
CRA recently asked members to complete a survey about delivery vehicles. Here are the responses.
Learn More...
EPIC Brokers
EDCO, Inc.
MMD Equipment
Allied Insurance Brokers, Inc.

We would appreciate your comments or suggestions. Your email will be kept private and confidential.