Coopers acquires Herc branches

Canadian rental company Cooper Equipment Rentals has acquired the Atlantic Canada assets of US based Herc Rentals.

The Herc business acquired includes two full service branches in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick. Cooper will also employ the Herc employees involved with the two operations, as well as the fleet, the facilities and the ongoing business.
The team at the new Coopers Saint John branch in New Brunswick

Cooper president Daryl Cooper said: “We are excited to enter the Atlantic Canada market with the acquisition of the Herc Atlantic assets. I believe the solid team of rental professionals at Herc Atlantic will integrate well with, and ultimately contribute to, the Cooper culture. Herc Atlantic’s late model equipment fleet and excellent branch facilities will allow our new team members to deliver the high level of service that Cooper customers across the country have come to expect.

Chief executive Doug Dougherty added: “This strategic acquisition establishes Cooper as a national company, with operations spanning both coasts. It allows us to support customers throughout Atlantic Canada with best in class service and positions us well to continue building out our branch density and specialised service offering throughout all regions of Canada.”

Established in 1972, Cooper has been majority owned by Halifax based private equity firm SeaFort Capital since 2013 and offers aerial work platforms, telehandlers and some general construction equipment for rental throughout Ontario and in parts of Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia and Atlantic Canada with a total of 40 locations. The company operates in excess of 40 rental locations.


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