Major storms in the Midwest and southeast have affected a number of manufacturers and rental companies. For example, Cummins Mid-South, Memphis, Tenn., rented more than 150 generators last week and donated a generator to the Memphis Food Bank. It supplemented its normal inventory of 70 generators with 80 brought in from Cummins operations in Texas, Michigan and Kentucky.
The generators are powering hospitals, nursing homes, a Nike distribution facility, convenience stores, a water-pumping operation and various restaurants, according to gomemphis.com, an Internet news site.
Northeast Ohio has also been hit hard by flooding. A corporate-owned U-Haul equipment rental center in Warren, Ohio, was under several feet of water and all business had to be transferred to the company’s Youngstown facility, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. And in Independence, Ohio, the Cuyahoga River overflowed its banks and left more than 70 employees of All Erection Crane Rental Corp stranded, with many rescued from the facility by tilt-bed tractor trailers.