Underground Machinery Rental adds Merlos

By Lindsey Anderson02 November 2021

St. Louis-based Underground Machinery Rental has added Merlo fixed-boom and rotating telehandlers to its fleet. The company recently took delivery of the Merlo high capacity P50.18HM and the Roto 70.24 SPLUS with 360-degree turret rotation. 

Justin Vermillion of Underground Equipment Rental stands in front of a new Merlo unit.

“Underground Machinery Rental was started in 2019 when we saw a need to fill the machinery gap that the utility and underground construction industry was experiencing,” said Justin Vermillion, Underground partner and VP of sales and operations. “Contractors need a reliable option for short or long term underground machinery rentals to get projects completed on time and efficiently. This is what Underground Machinery Rental delivers.”

After listening to customer requests, Vermillion and his team realized they needed to expand their offerings, and by extension, their market “to include a line of complimentary equipment to sell as well as rent.” he said. “We became intrigued by Merlo telehandlers. We were looking for machines that delivered a broad range of operating capacities and capabilities.”

“Underground Machinery has developed a laser sharp focus on their industry,” said Bill Grundy, AMS-Merlo territory manager. “They did their research and chose Merlo. These telehandlers fit their industry and product focus.”

“We like that these machines accept a broad range of attachments,” Vermillion said, “especially slewing platforms and the Woodcracker. Both of these accessories fit the needs of our customer demographic. The Roto, with either attachment, makes powerline work cleaner and safer.”

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