EnviroRentals: growing to meet regional rental equipment market needs

Image
  • Alt Text for Image
    Alt Text for Image
  • Family, employees, friends, and other supporters gathered for the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for EnviroRentals last week to usher in a new era for the business owned by Jered Ramsey and Trey Towns. Now located just south of Farmerville at 10227 Highway 33, the new 30- acre location displays much of the equipment available for projects of any size. Gazette photos
    Family, employees, friends, and other supporters gathered for the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for EnviroRentals last week to usher in a new era for the business owned by Jered Ramsey and Trey Towns. Now located just south of Farmerville at 10227 Highway 33, the new 30- acre location displays much of the equipment available for projects of any size. Gazette photos
Body

If you have a project, large or small, residential or commercial, that requires rental equipment to move earth, materials or machinery, EnviroRentals of Farmerville is your local one-stop shop.

Located just south of Farmerville at 10227 Highway 33, the company’s new headquarters are hard to miss — just look for the telehandlers reaching into the sky, surrounded by the largest and most varied collection of heavy equipment in the area.

From skid steers to Ditch Witches, John Deere tractors to Finn blowers and seeders, Terramac crawler carriers or Sunflower seeding and tillage equipment, if it is related to home, farm or commercial-scale construction or land management, this is your place.

Founded in 2011 by two life-long friends, Jered Ramsey of Ruston and Trey Towns of Farmerville, EnviroRentals is one of the top environmental restoration companys for the oil and gas pipeline industry, and they now are bringing the company’s solid reputation for quality equipment and superior customer service to the local equipment rental market.

“We’d like the general public, and a much broader range of local and regional businesses, to know that right here in Farmerville is a company where you can rent or buy the equipment, and most of the materials you need to build, repair or upgrade any size or type of construction or building project, all at one location,” Ramsey said. “From a ‘Mom and Pop’ bushhogging project to bulldozers and excavators for a new dorm at Louisiana Tech, we’ve got the rental equipment you need.”

A differentiator for EnviroRentals, according to Towns, is the quality of their equipment and the new, convenient 30-acre location, opened this year after outgrowing their previous facilities.

“We have the best and newest equipment available, and we routinely maintain, overhaul and refurbish our inventory so that any piece of equipment you rent is clean and guaranteed to operate properly,” Towns said. “That means people can buy the latest models of the best equipment or rent those same models in essentially new condition.”

He noted that the company can also build or customize equipment of almost any configuration, such as a crawler with a lime spreader attached, a track trailer with a hay blower, or a Ditch Witch with a leveling blade for smaller grading projects.

“If you can imagine it, we can build it,” said Josh Black, who has worked with Towns and Ramsey for 17 years and now manages EnviroRentals well-equipped fabrication shop. “Just call, or bring us a picture or drawing, and we’ll get it figured out and built.”

A key to their success, according to both Ramsey and Towns, is EnviroRentals 27 full-time employees.

“We are blessed with an incredible team of selfless people, always willing to go all out to meet our customers’ needs, no matter what,” Ramsey said. “We’re a family-oriented operation, and our employees are a critical part of our family.”

The commitment to customer service, and the notion of EnviroRentals as a family, runs deep among employees.

Sales manager John Stransbury, a Farmerville native who joined the company after 27 years at Farmerville Motors, to Mark Taylor, another local who joined after a long stint at Louisiana Caterpillar, both agree that they’ve never worked at a place where everyone is so willing to help everyone else.

“It’s a great place to work – everybody here is very knowledgeable and smart, and everybody pitches in and lends a hand to everyone else, all the time,” Taylor said.

Keeping all the equipment running and in top condition falls to Joey Boggs, shop foreman and former oil field and road construction worker who joined EnviroRentals six years ago and now oversees a staff of eight. For him, the family atmosphere is very important, especially the fact that it extends through each employee to their families.

“If you need to go to your son’s football game or your daughter’s softball game, you go, no questions asked,” Boggs said.

Controller Jonathan Ware, a Louisiana Tech grad and Afghanistan war veteran, manages the company’s safety, insurance and business operations, but laughs as he recounts being pulled into every other aspect of the company during his four years on board.

“We are ‘Yes’ people,” he said. “Generally, people need their equipment or materials yesterday, and our job is to get them the best quality we can as fast as we can. And that is what we do – we say yes, and then we all pitch in to make it happen.”

Responsibility for delivering the goods and supplies for a project lies with Wesley Pilgreen a 6-year employee who handles the materials side of the business — everything from construction materials to seed, lime, fencing, and anything else that is needed for land management, restoration or erosion control.

“Once I know what a customer needs, what their job or project is, we all pull together to deliver the best available product, on time or sooner, if possible,” he said. “This is a very competitive business, so we work hard from the moment we answer the phone until the time we deliver the customer’s equipment and materials – and if you call, you’ll talk to one of us and we’ll get the right team on your job.”

Beginning with just 30 pieces of rental equipment in 2012, EnviroRentals today has more than 750 pieces of machinery available or in the field, and new equipment is arriving almost daily, according to rentals manager Chris Holomon.

“This location in Farmerville is designed to serve as a central point for serving our growing local and national market,” Holomon said. “Today we have equipment in 17 states, from Texas all the way up into the Northeast, and we are excited about our opportunities and continuing to let people know that we have whatever rental equipment you might need for any project, and if we don’t have it, we’ll get it or custom build it for you.”