|The Grant Family started Grant
Rental in 1985, located in Bridgewater Massachusetts, they
are just south of Boston. Grant specializes in homeowner, contractor and
Today Brian Grant, having taken over the business from his father
works alongside his sister Denice Berg and her husband Steve. (above
Being in a smaller community than their metropolitan
area to the immediate north, Grants Rental maintains a full depth of
rental equipment, just so they can respond to the demands of their own
market. The party rental department is complete with
everything from pop-corn machines to party tents. The homeowner
rentals focus on grounds keeping and home owner repairs. Independent
contractors can find just about anything from a compressor all the
way up to a bobcat or excavator.
Grants Rental recently expanded into a new and larger
facility with more display, storage, delivery and repair capability.
Brian keeps his focus on not overgrowing his market and competing
against himself. "I really have no need or desire to open
another store location at this time, I would rather focus on a good a
return on investment." Brian said.
Speaking of ROI, Brian said "One of the things I
really like about i-Rent software is the ability to instantly review the
earned income, anytime I want. One of our marketing concepts is to
bring a new piece of rental equipment on-line, receive rental income
from it, then sell it for a profit before it is used and abused, while
giving our clients a nice discount. This works for both them and
us." -- "With i-Rent he can instantly look at a piece of
equipment, find the earned income, any repair or maintenance costs and
decide on the spot, what it should sell for, all while talking to the
client at the front counter. "
Grant Rentals has a fleet of modern delivery trucks which can quickly
move the needed party items on-site, with minimum delays and handling.
Scheduling deliveries and pick-up's is important not only to turning
rentals, when done right it is good for customer relations. Ralph Snow
is in charge of the scheduling.
Maintaining rental equipment is a major
cost factor which Grant focuses on with a complete service
facility. "Keeping your eye on both the condition of your
equipment, scheduling maintenance and making sure that the equipment
will work properly -- as well as helping maintain it's resale value is
important to me" Brian said. "I have delegated that to Joe Lunnin
who runs our service department."
One of the innovations we make good use of is our flag poles,
from which we hang our tents. This allows for easy washing and
drying while using the minimum of square footage from our yard.
Active in the community, Brian is a board member of
the ARA of Massachusets.
He also likes Field and Track and sometimes wishes he had more time to
coach; but, the time needed to run his growing business occupies most of
his day. The end of the day is his time to kick back and spend quality
time with his wife Marta and their two children Nathan and Maia.
His sister Denice also needs quality time with their two children Tyler
and Stepanie. All employees are ready to return to their families so the
quick closing of the day and back-up of information with i-Rent is
"When we were looking to switch from our old
rental program, to a Microsoft Windows system, we knew we would also be
updating with new computers. This represented an investment which
I did not take lightly, so my sister and I looked long and hard."--
"There is lot's of software out there, a few
looked really good. I guess it really came down to three
things which swayed us to AbbottSoft. The software is state of the
art. AbbottSoft has a plan where I do not have to continually pay
support fees and I followed a gut feeling that this was the company I
could trust." I have not been disappointed at all." --
The software was "just as advertised,"
AbbottSoft came on site, installed it on our new computers, and within
an hour we were up and running. The two days of training proved it
was as easy to use and as fast as I understood it should be. The
support has been phenomenal. "I could not be happier and I am glad
I trusted my instinct in this decision"
Grant Rentals is located at 10 Bedford Park,
Bridgewater MASS. You can stop by anytime or call them at: 508-279-0950
-- Nice family who work smart, for their living.