Columbia Maintains Rental Champion Title

Back in 2013, Columbia participated in an equipment rodeo with three other brands of electric work vehicles. At every obstacle of this testing, Columbia came out the winner. These tests were completed at the request of the rental powerhouse Ahern and its Vice President of Operations, Allen Holland. 

The equipment rodeo, along with other testing, resulted in Aherns purchase of 100 Columbia units. Holland stated that he chose Columbia vehicles for a combination of reasons, namely their performance during field testing, competitive pricing, and vehicle features.  Columbia also offers customization for rental fleets and other purposes, including custom paint, decaling, laser cut logos, and more!

Its been close to five years since Columbia came out on top, so what continues to make Columbia the rental equipment champion?

Columbias dedication to innovative solutions and equipment that is built for work are key factors in the success of the company. Columbia's versatile line of vehicles include burden carriers, shuttles, stockchasers, and everything in between. Additionally, "Columbia has consistently provided our company a level of quality and confidence we are proud to provide to our customers. We also have found their equipment to be very well received by multiple trades and industries," said Holland.

Aherns rental fleet started with just 100 Columbia units. Today, Ahern houses over 800 Columbia units, an increase of 8 times the original fleet size in only a few short years.

"Over the many years we have grown our business, we have truly learned how important close vendor relationships are. Columbia continues to exceed our expectations with value proposed innovation and integrity throughout their manufacturing and staff. Just having effective follow-up and follow-thru on all communication should be enough, add in all the rest and you have a total solution," stated Holland.

More About Ahern Rentals

Ahern is the largest independently owned equipment rental company in the United States, and according to RER (Rental Equipment Register, May 2015), the industry's national magazine, Ahern Rentals, Inc. is rated as the 7th largest equipment rental company in the United States. Ahern rentals is an equipment rental company with locations primarily in the southwestern United States offering rental equipment to customers throughout its 76 locations in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Holland was happy to say that (Ahern) continues to provide customers with Columbia products, knowing that we will have Columbias full support and expedited service should we need it. Ahern Rentals has always embraced our customers needs; Columbia continues to provide them the quality they expect.

Ahern offers a selection of over 41,000 rental items to choose from, including over 23,200 high reach units, such as fork lifts, boom lifts, and scissor lifts. They also offer over 18,200 general rental units, such as backhoes, skid steers, skip loaders, trenchers, compressors, generators, light towers, welders, lawn and garden equipment, hand tools and much more.

The Ahern family's commitment is to provide quality customer service, and to fulfill the promise to always provide the youngest rental fleet, quality service, and the finest professionally trained staff in the rental industry.

To learn more please visit Aherns website.

More About Columbia Vehicle Group, Inc.

Columbia Vehicle Group, Inc. is a member of the Nordic Group of Companies, Ltd. Headquartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin the Nordic Group is a privately-held holding company consisting of subsidiaries with 22 facilities, and 24 marketing units around the world with over 2,400 associates. Nordic Group member companies manufacture and distribute plastic, seating and transportation products worldwide for industrial, commercial and consumer markets. For more information, visit

More About Columbia

Based in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Columbia is a premier electric vehicle manufacturer whose history dates back to 1946. Columbia has one of the most expansive electric vehicle product line-ups in the world, producing electric vehicles for private use as well as commercial and industrial applications, that include models that move from 1 to 24 people, carry up to 6,000 pounds of payload, tow up to 16,000 pounds and travel up to 25 miles per hour. To learn more about Columbia, visit

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