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October 19 - 20, 2016  -  CRA Board & Committee Meetings - Missoula, MT
November 3, 2016 -  Inland Yard Party Hosted by Volvo Construction Services - Corona, CA, more...
November 4, 2016  -  CRA Golf Tournament held at Eagle Glen Golf Club, Corona, CA, more...

Save these dates for CRA's Holiday Parties!
  • December 6, 2016 - San Francisco Bay Area Holiday Party at Buca di Beppo, Palo Alto, CA
  • December 7, 2016 - Vintage Holiday Party at Cattlemen's, Petaluma, CA
  • December 13, 2016 - Tri-County Holiday Party at Café Fioria, Ventura, CA
  • December 14, 2016 - Greater LA/Orange Holiday Party at Northwoods Inn, La Mirada, CA
  • December 15, 2016 - Inland Holiday Party at Kings Fish House, Corona, CA
December 7, 2016 – Losberg  and BilJax Special Event – Richmond, CA 
December 31, 2016  -  RSIF Scholarship Applications are due, more...
January 29, 2017  -  CRA Board & Committee Meetings - Las Vegas, NV
January 30 - February 1, 2017 -  Las Vegas, NV, 2017 Rental Rally Trade Show at the South Point Casino Hotel Convention Center. See www.RentalRally.com for more information.
Thank You to Our 2016 CRA Golf Tournament Sponsors!
CRA's Second Annual Golf Tournament will be held on November 4, 2016, at Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, California. Proceeds will go to CRA’s Rental Services Industry Foundation (RSIF), a qualified 501c3 foundation providing scholarships to employees and owners of member rental centers and member vendors. RSIF also provides emergency assistance for member businesses in the case of disasters. The golf tournament would not be possible without the help of our sponsors and we would like to recognize them and thank them for their participation! See the CRA website for more information about the tournament and our sponsors, and plan to join the fun!
Special Thanks goes to Makinex and Makita for their donation of a Portable Breaker Cart and Tool valued at $2000!
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Sonsray Machinery offers new equipment lines, which include construction, utility, road maintenance & demolition machines, plus a wide variety of ground engaging tools. They also have a wide range of used equipment priced to sell. When you need extra machines, Sonsray will deliver clean, well maintained rental equipment right to your jobsite. You can rent by the day, week, or month. Sonsray Machinery helps maximize uptime for customers with same day parts delivery and on-site service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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Since 1987, EPIC (formerly Jenkins Insurance Group) has been the only endorsed insurance service for CRA members. EPIC offers the best in pricing and quality insurance services: Property, General Liability, Automobile, Workers’ Compensation and Medical Benefits. Contact Chris Parker or Ryan Gonsalves at (800) 234-6363 to see if their services can benefit your company.
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Serving Northern California since 1986, the highly qualified sales team at Meridian Utility Equipment Sales provides customers with the knowledge to keep your equipment moving. Meridian Utility Equipment Sales works side by side with manufacturers such as Yanmar, ASV, Mustang, NiftyLift, Dominion, Tag, Edge by CE Attachments, APT, and Paladin. Meridian Utility Equipment Sales also carries a full line of aftermarket rubber tracks and under carriage parts. They specialize in new and used equipment with expert financing and dependable service.
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At Mission Linen Supply, the sale starts with the concept that renting linens and uniforms makes sense and is good for the environment. Their sales representatives work with you to build customized programs that are consistent with your company’s environmental policy, such as roll towels, and cloth napkins for restaurants. Our Partner in Progress Program lets you buy from vendors who share our commitment to selling eco-safe items.
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As a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions, Toro helps customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. Toro partners with many sites and events around the world, including St. Andrews Links in Scotland, the Wimbledon Championships, the Super Bowl Stadium, Rose Bowl, and the Walt Disney World Resort.
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GSS International LLC
Brigitte Peterson
8233 Coast Oak Way
Citrus Heights, CA  95610
(916) 709-3886, www.GSS-IntPro.com
The Makinex Powered Hand Truck PHT-140 is a universal materials handling solution that enables one-person operation to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 309 lbs. It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads.
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Custom Equipment, Inc. welcomes David Carlson as the new North American sales manager. In this new role, Carlson will focus on regional sales growth and territory development of Hy-Brid Lifts, Custom Equipment’s line of lightweight aerial work platforms. "David’s industry experience and territory knowledge will be an asset to our company and our customers," said Justin Kissinger, Custom Equipment marketing manager. "He will introduce more contractors to the safety and versatility of Hy-Brid Lifts and work with customers to give them the best possible solutions and services for their scissor lift needs."
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CRA's 2017 Rental Rally Trade Show is scheduled for January 30 through February 1, 2017, at the South Point Casino Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas. See the following articles about the latest exhibitors who have signed up for the show and the products they offer. Click on "Learn More" for more information about the show.
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GSS International is a distributor with worldwide sourcing, providing electric power tools for coring, channel cutting and face milling. GSS International believes the foundation for their company, and the reason for their success, has been their highly trained people. They are committed to improving the performance and profitability of customers by providing them with the best products on the market.
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Enerco develops and manufactures commercial and industrial process gas fired burners and heating systems, including portable kerosene, LP, NG, construction and tent heaters, for a broad range of applications including OEM foodservice equipment, die heating, railcar thawing, drying, stress relieving, curing, evaporating and more. Enerco also provides free, limited custom engineering for application design, burner applications and new product development.
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SEF (A Reusable Wood Flooring System) was born out of the necessity to offer clients a cost effective wood flooring solution for special events. Our solution not only looks and feels like hardwood that one would have in their home, but is also reusable, cost effective and doesn’t require a lot of labor to install or remove. After years of installing subpar products, Pergo or very expensive hardwood, SEF™ fills a large gap in the marketplace. SEF™ is the only, reusable, water resistant & flame resistant flooring option for the special event industry. Currently available in 6 colors, Special Event Flooring also offers accessories such as t-molding, reducers, stair nose and tracks, and risers and stair treads to match each color.
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Ultimate Services is a full line parts supplier to the aerial lift industry. For over 10 years, Ultimate Services has provided exact OEM and aftermarket parts for aerial work platforms. Located in Kansas City, our central shipping zone can reach most locations in two days by UPS ground. We reach the entire country in 3 days. Most items ship in 24 hours or less. If you would like to contact Ultimate Services you may reach us by phone Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m CST at 866-636-0874 or you can send an email to sales@ultimateservices.com.
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Thank you to Ufloor Systems, Inc. (Wolff Tools), a bronze level sponsor for the 2017 Rental Rally Tradeshow! UFLOOR Systems, Inc. (Aurora, Colorada) is the North American subsidiary of UZIN UTZ AG in Ulm, Germany. The company was founded in 1911 and is a vertically integrated manufacturer of product systems designed for the preparation, installation, finishing and care of all types of floor coverings. UFLOOR Systems offers its products in the United States under the UZIN, WOLFF, and PALLMANN brand names.
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Arlen Stringfellow

From Dale Blackwell, Executive Director:

It is with extreme sadness that we inform you that CRA Board Member Arlen Stringfellow passed away Friday, October 7, 2016, at age 61 due to complications from an internal infection. Services for Arlen were held October 12th.

Donations may be made to:
• The family on Arlen's Go Fund Me Page. 
• Boy Scout Troop 362 at 8819 Los Coches Road, Lakeside, CA  92040 (Please put "In Memory of Arlen Stringfellow.")
• RSIF in memory of Arlen Stringfellow at www.CalRental.org.

Condolences may be sent to Pam Stringfellow, 2261 Corine Way, Alpine, CA 91901. Arlen will be missed.


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More than 200,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest every year. If one of your employees had a heart attack while at work, would someone there know what to do? When blood flow or breathing stops, seconds count--permanent brain damage or death can happen quickly. Knowing how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) could save a life.
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Wins in Some Areas Offset by Cost Increases in Others
For the California employer community, the 2016 legislative year will have a variety of impacts, depending on the industry and size of business. The California Chamber of Commerce advocacy team and its allies stopped dozens of harmful bills, won amendments removing the most onerous provisions in other proposals, and helped pass many bills that will increase certainty and reduce competitive disadvantages for California businesses.
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The CalChamber Alert newsletter recently reported on new Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Board) regulations that might affect your company. Since the beginning of calendar year 2016, the Board has adopted and had approved by the Office of Administrative Law five sets of regulations. The Board staff determined that two sets of regulations were in need of revision to make California’s regulations "at least as effective as" the counterpart federal regulations; one regulation was the result of an Appeals Board decision after reconsideration; and two regulations were the result of petitions.
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John Seiler, former editorial writer at the Orange County Register, recently commented on the US Senate race from California on foxandhoundsdaily.com. He is of the opinion that the race needs to focus on an important project that could bring water to Southern California while helping the environment. He states that candidates Loretta Sanchez and Kamala Harris need to debate why Sen. Dianne Feinstein has been holding up the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project out in the desert.
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Joe Mathews, Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010), recently addressed the issue of California's ban on single-use bags and the upcoming referendum known as Prop 67, reporting on the example of the small town of Carpinteria and their environmental efforts in this area.
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The U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) October Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) indicates that oil market conditions are somewhat looser by the end of 2017 than previously projected. Although the annual average spot prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent are similar across the current and previous outlooks, quarterly WTI and Brent spot prices were revised more significantly. EIA's October STEO Brent crude oil price forecast for the fourth quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 is $48 per barrel (b) about $3/b higher than in the September forecast, reflecting recent price movements and a reduction in near-term downside price risks. However, the forecast for prices toward the end of 2017 has actually been reduced, with prices for 2017 as a whole slightly below the September forecast. The recent activity of U.S. onshore producers, along with expectations of higher U.S. production in 2017, is one of the drivers for lowering EIA's Brent crude oil forecast in the fourth quarter of 2017 to $55/b from a forecast of $58/b in the September STEO.
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Big Trucks Will Have to Get Cleaner--And Industry Is Fine With That
An article on the Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition (CIAQC) website by Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain, recently discussed the fact that federal regulators are mandating drastic reductions in emissions from heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years, and that truck manufacturers and big shippers alike are applauding the move. New standards released by the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency call for reductions of up to 25 percent in carbon emissions from big tractor-trailer rigs. Smaller cuts will be required of delivery fleets and buses. The new standards will slash carbon emissions by 1.1bn tons, and oil consumption by 2bn barrels, DOT and EPA are claiming.
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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.

What's New: September 27, 2016 - Information regarding a public hearing to consider proposed amendments to the evaporative emission requirements for SORE is available at www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2016/sore2016/sore2016.htm.
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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. The following sections will assist you with the PERP registration process and present facts on the Portable Diesel Engine Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM).

New! Please review the Regulatory and Enforcement Advisory and its related Q&A regarding the upcoming amendments to the 2017 and 2020 Portable Diesel Engine ATCM fleet average emission standards.

New! Please fill out the Engine Usage Survey Template to assist PERP staff in building an emissions inventory for portable diesel engines operating in California.
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This page is a convenient place to get all the needed information about the Diesel Rule QuickGuide, financial assistance, where to get filters, Multi-Regulation Summary (MRS), Factsheets and upcoming deadlines.

New and Trending:
- Clean TRU Technology Webinar
- Truck Events coming to a venue near you
- Buyer Beware Postcard
- Mobile TruckStop goes live!
- Small Business trucks receive 10,000 loans
- Don’t waste time and money: Diesel Filter Requirements
- Low Use & Low Mileage Work Truck Option Clarification
- All-New Off-Road Zone Goes Live!
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.

What's New? Posted July 21, 2016:
Amended LSI Engine Fleet Requirements Regulation. On July 21, 2016, the Air Resources Board approved amendments to the Large Spark-Ignition (LSI) Engine Fleet Requirements Regulation. For more information regarding the amendments please see the rulemaking documents here.
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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.

Link to the new webpage on: Amendments to Smoke Inspection Programs and Development of Future, Comprehensive Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program and Workshop notice.
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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).
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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.

New: Overview Fact Sheet:revised Basic explanation of the regulation timeline and requirements (revised October 2016).

Requirements in Effect Now: Enforcement and Regulatory Advisories
Advisory 377: Limits on Idling
Advisory 378: Dealer/Seller Disclosure
Advisory 391: Written Idling Policy
Advisory 394: Reporting Vehicles
Advisory 12-02: Annual Reporting for Large Fleets Due March 1, 2012
Advisory 12-08: New Labeling Requirements Effective Jan. 1, 2013
Advisory 12-25: On-Road Vehicles with Two Engines Were Required to Report by March 1, 2012 (This is an updated version of the old advisory 12-02 B)
Advisory 14-1: Enforcement of the In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation (Revision of Mailout# MSC 13-25)
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Survey Results: New Employees
CRA recently surveyed members about hiring new employees. Here are the results.
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Robert Pedersen from A Tool Shed is the winner of the October Survey Raffle. Congratulations, Robert!
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