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The history of Cooper

Since 1972, Cooper Equipment Rentals had been dedicated to servicing contractors across Canada. We’ve come a long way since then, thanks to both our team’s dedication and your support. Starting as a single branch operation, we have now grown to over 55 strategically placed branches across Canada.

Gordon Cooper starts G. Cooper Equipment Rentals with his partner, Paul Carruthers (Carruthers Construction), in a small shed on Markham Road N of Steels Ave.

Cooper moves to their own building with 2 acres of yard space on Markham Road North of Steels Ave.

G. Cooper Equipment Rentals opens a second branch in Mississauga.

Gord Cooper becomes sole owner.

G. Cooper Equipment Rentals continues to expand by opening another branch in Georgetown, Ontario.

Cooper moves their head office location and opens branch operations in Rexdale on Racine Road.

Gord Cooper retires as President, and his son, Darryl Cooper, takes over operations.

Doug Dougherty partners with Darryl Cooper and joins Cooper Equipment Rentals as CEO

Cooper formalizes “The Cooper Difference” as an internal value system and rolls it out to all employees.

Cooper opens 4th location in the York Region and acquires City Rentals to expand into Scarborough.

Cooper acquires Albion Equipment Rentals to expand into Bolton.

Cooper acquires SMS Rents, bringing total branches to 22 across Ontario with an expansion into the Quebec market.

Cooper Equipment Rentals launches its Trench Safety division.

Cooper acquires assets of 4-Way Equipment Rentals, its first step into expanding operations into Western Canada.

Alberta Lift

Cooper acquires Alberta Lift to expand into Calgary and Lethbridge.

Cooper opens an additional rental location in West Edmonton, bringing their branch network to 4 across Alberta.

Cooper acquires Modern Industrial Rentals, expanding their branch network into Medicine Hat and opening a second branch location in Calgary.

Cooper Equipment Rentals launches its Pump Solutions division.

Cooper acquires Star Rentals, expanding their services in the Metro Vancouver area in White Rock, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford and Burnaby.

Cooper acquires Prime Rentals, adding two more branches in Alberta with a location in Taber and a second location in Lethbridge.

Cooper acquires Herc Atlantic assets. Expanding operations in Atlantic Canada with two new branches located in Saint John, New Brunswick and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Cooper acquires EZE Rent-It Centre adding three new locations in British Columbia and expanding their branch network into Chilliwack and Aldergrove.

Cooper expands their services in Southern Ontario with the acquisition of Stayner Rental.

Cooper acquires One Stop Rentals & Sales Ltd. in Airdrie, AB, continuing their growth in Southern Alberta.


Cooper continues growth in Southern Ontario with the acquisition of Hub Equipment in Toronto, expanding their heavy equipment offering in the GTA and Western Canada.

Cooper continues to expand in Alberta with the acquisition of Scotty’s Rentals and Landscaping Ltd. in Rocky View County.

Cooper acquires Warner Rentals adding five new locations in the central interior region of British Columbia.