SOURCE: Thomas Equipment Inc

September 09, 2005 10:04 ET

Thomas Equipment to Provide Equipment Needed in Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Through a Strategic Initiative With United Rentals

Thomas Accelerates Delivery of Equipment Needed for Clean Up and Rebuilding of Gulf States

CENTERVILLE, NB -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 9, 2005 -- Thomas Equipment Inc. ("Thomas") (OTC BB: TEQI) today announced that it implemented a strategic initiative with United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) to concentrate a stockpile of Thomas construction equipment near the Gulf disaster areas. Thomas is expediting the delivery of truckloads of Thomas skid steer loaders and attachments to key UR locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama so that Thomas' construction equipment is readily available once the rescue phase ends and the clean up and rebuilding phases begin.

"Given the magnitude of the devastation in the Gulf states, a great amount of construction equipment will be required for the clean up and reconstruction phases. Working with Thomas, we have ensured we will have the needed construction equipment on-hand, ready to use, and where it's required," said Patrick D.Hunt, UR's Director of Strategic Planning.

United Rentals has more than 730 rental locations throughout North America, including eleven branches in Alabama, four in Mississippi, and eight in Louisiana. The company's regional contractor supplies distribution center in Atlanta, Georgia, will also aid in the deployment efforts.

Initially, during the clean up phase, the Thomas skid steer loaders will be equipped with specialized heavy-duty tools such as grapple buckets and forks as well as hydraulic breakers to facilitate the clean up of debris left in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During the restoration phase, Thomas skid steer loaders will be equipped with the range of its attachments necessary for specialized construction projects.

"As we have all witnessed, Hurricane Katrina was devastating in the magnitude of its destruction. Given our experience in connection with the clean up after the Tsunami disaster in Asia, Thomas was well equipped to support and deliver much needed construction equipment quickly to UR," Clifford Rhee, Thomas President and CEO said. "Our prayers are with those families impacted by this tragedy."


About United Rentals ("URI"):


United Rentals, Inc., www.unitedrentals.com, is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of more than 730 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 13,200 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 600 different types of equipment with a total original cost of $3.9 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn.

About Thomas Equipment Inc. ("TEQI"):

Thomas Equipment Inc., www.thomas-equipment.com, www.thomasloaders.com, and its subsidiaries including Pneutech Inc., www.pneutech.ca, Rousseau Controls Inc., www.rousseaucontrols.com, Samsung Industry Co. Ltd., www.ss-ind.com, and Hydramen Fluid Power Limited, www.hydramen.com: Thomas is an innovative and technologically advanced global manufacturer of a full line of skid steer and mini skid steer loaders as well as attachments, mobile screening plants and six models of mini excavators. Thomas distributes its products through a worldwide network of distributors and wholesalers. In addition, Thomas' wholly owned subsidiaries manufacture specialty industrial and construction products, a complete line of potato harvesting and handling equipment, fluid power components, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, spiral wound metal gaskets, and packing material.

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