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Acquisition expands Sunstate’s trench market presence

By Brock Huffstutler

February 4, 2024

Sunstate Equipment Co., Phoenix, has signed an agreement to purchase the assets and ongoing operations of all Trench Shore Rentals and Trebor Shoring Rentals (TSR) locations in Arizona, California and Texas, with an anticipated close date in early 2024.

“The combination of two family-founded, Phoenix-based rental industry pioneers is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for both teams,” said Chris Watts, president and CEO, Sunstate Equipment Co. “Our companies share a long history of mutual respect, friendship and shared values. By blending Sunstate’s deep knowledge of the general rental business with TSR’s expertise in underground shoring, we create new growth opportunities while developing more robust ways to serve our customers that work above and below ground.”

Sunstate Equipment Co. said it is no stranger to helping customers with excavation, shoring and confined space safety. The company, which was established in 1977, entered the trench business in 2018 and now has 13 dedicated trench locations in the Gulf, Southeast and Northwest as part of its overall rental network that spans 16 states from coast to coast.

“Today, there is no overlap in Sunstate Trench Division and TSR branch footprints,” Watts said. “This expansion is a perfect fit, both to accelerate our national growth plan for our Trench Division, as well as our existing general equipment rental operations in these areas.”

The companies said TSR has grown over 20 years to become a trench shoring powerhouse in the Southwest and has helped drive and shape meaningful industry standards for shoring and excavation safety.

“We are excited for the opportunities that will be available to our employees,” said Dana Woudenberg, CEO, TSR, and founding member of North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA).

TSR teams and locations are expected to continue with normal operations.

“Our team is looking forward to joining and contributing to Sunstate Equipment,” Woudenberg said. “Sunstate and TSR share values that will make the combined company a force in the trench shoring industry.”