United Rentals, Inc.

United Rentals, Inc.

March 02, 2005 12:17 ET

United Rentals Opens Contractor Supplies Distribution Center in Aurora, Illinois


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FOR: UNITED RENTALS, INC.

NYSE SYMBOL: URI

MARCH 2, 2005 - 12:17 ET

United Rentals Opens Contractor Supplies Distribution
Center in Aurora, Illinois

GREENWICH, Conn.--(CCNMatthews - Mar 2, 2005) -

United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), North America's largest equipment
rental company, today announced the opening of its newest contractor
supplies distribution center in Aurora, Ill. The 48,000 square foot
facility is the third of nine regional warehouses planned throughout the
United States and Canada.

The new warehouse, located in Aurora at 2759 Eola Road, will stock 8,000
retail contractor supply line items, including saw blades, power tools
and safety gear. "This facility is another example of how United Rentals
brings strong leadership and outstanding customer service to the
equipment rental industry." said Michael DeCata, vice president - Fleet
Operations for United Rentals. "The center is integrated with the same
information technology that links our more than 730 branches, giving our
field sales force access to our state-of-the-art electronic ordering
system. Most customers who place orders before 5 p.m. can expect
overnight delivery of their supplies."

The Aurora center will fulfill customer orders placed through more than
100 United Rentals locations from Ohio to Iowa, and Minnesota to
Kentucky. "Illinois is strategically suited to market opportunities in
the Midwest," said DeCata. "The goal is to support our locations in
every way possible to provide our customers with a complete solution for
every jobsite requirement."

United Rentals opened two contractor supplies distribution centers in
late-2004, Atlanta, Ga., and Middletown, Penn. The company expects to
stock 10,000 contractor supplies at each of its distribution centers by
the end of 2005.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in North
America, with an integrated network of more than 730 rental locations in
47 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 types of equipment with a total original cost of $3.7 billion.
United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and
the Russell 2000 Index®. The company is headquartered in Greenwich,
Connecticut. Additional information about United Rentals is available at
www.unitedrentals.com.

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