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EquipmentShare Expands with Two Southern California Locations

Jan. 27, 2021
Equipment and digital solutions provider EquipmentShare will open two new locations in California, effective immediately, to serve the greater Los Angeles and San Diego construction markets.

Equipment and digital solutions provider EquipmentShare will open two new locations in California, effective immediately, to serve the greater Los Angeles and San Diego construction markets. The branches will give the company four locations in California.

Both locations offer new rental fleet inventory that includes general heavy equipment, high-reach equipment and specialty infrastructure equipment, along with EquipmentShare’s proprietary smart jobsite technology, the company said.

EquipmentShare’s newest locations are located in Fontana, Calif., 52 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and in Chula Vista, Calif., about 10 miles from San Diego. Both locations are open to customers Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This is an exciting, important step for our business,” EquipmentShare CEO and co-founder Jabbok Schlacks said. “These are our first locations serving the greater Los Angeles and San Diego markets, and we’re proud to be here. Our team is going to show our California customers what EquipmentShare is all about: outstanding, personal customer service, and next-generation fleet, outfitted with our game-changing technology to accelerate productivity for construction.”

EquipmentShare outfits its rental machines with tracking hardware. Rental customers can choose to monitor equipment utilization, GPS location, fuel usage, maintenance history and upcoming service for each asset. EquipmentShare’s fleet management technology solutions can notify service managers and technicians when a machine is approaching or past due on maintenance to keep equipment in optimal running condition and prevent breakdowns, which lead to downtime on the job—a major pain point for the construction industry, the company said.

“Our equipment trackers are able to provide us with a ton of data and to take corrective action to help participating customers save money and prevent downtime,” EquipmentShare’s chief data scientist Tim Green said. “We can use our data to create predictive models that anticipate breakdowns before they happen. If an engine overheats, but the coolant temp gauge shows it’s running cool, then no operator can tell they’re about to destroy the engine. With our tracking technology, we can create a model that helps us prevent that from happening in the future.”

EquipmentShare’s jobsite technology allows contractors to manage and track their fleet from anywhere on the planet through their smart device, the company said.

“Construction contributes significantly to our nation’s GDP and is a driving factor in the economic health of communities in every corner of the country,” EquipmentShare president and co-founder Willy Schlacks said. “It’s our mission to ensure contractors and construction professionals have the right tools and assets to get the job done, whether that’s contactless equipment rental experience, smart jobsite technology, service, and parts or a new machine.” 

Both locations are operated by general manager Steve Beilman, who brings 30 years of industry experience and a dedication to long-standing customer relationships to the role. 

“Something we’re really proud to offer L.A. and San Diego is a very personal touch,” Beilman said. “We’re not territory-based, so we can provide each customer with personal interaction and assist them no matter where their jobs take them across the state of California—and beyond. Rental customers aren’t used to that kind of personal service because that’s not what they get from traditional rental companies, but EquipmentShare values that and always delivers that to our customers.”

Beilman is actively growing the teams at both new locations and is hiring for a variety of roles, including mechanics, service technicians, sales, delivery drivers and technology installers. 

“I’m especially excited to enter the greater San Diego market and hire a lot of local professionals, including service members who are entering civilian life and veterans,” Beilman said. “San Diego has a large military population; we’re located near many bases. Not only do we hope to serve those bases as their preferred equipment rental provider, but we’re also on a mission to hire veterans who we know from experience bring a strong sense of dedication, determination and enthusiasm to the company.”

In honor of Veterans Day in 2020, EquipmentShare said it would increase its veteran employment by 50 percent over the next two years. The company also raised $20,000 to support veteran-centric nonprofits and announced a partnership with Hire Heroes USA, an organization that assists veterans with employment resources.