United Rentals Inc. announced that it has purchased the trench safety rentals and sales assets of Sandvick Equipment & Supply Co., with headquarters in Phoenix. Sandvick has a total of six locations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas.

Sandvick was established in 1965 and is one of the largest suppliers of trench safety equipment and services in the southwestern United States. During the last 12 months, the company's trench safety revenues were approximately $21 million. The acquired company serves contractors, municipalities, industrial entities and others involved in underground construction.

Paul McDonnell, vice president, Trench Safety, Pump & Power Region for United Rentals, said, "The acquisition of Sandvick has given us an opportunity to increase our trench safety locations with the assimilation of a well-respected company that shares our focus on customer service. This acquisition expands our footprint in the Southwest and enhances our capability to solve the unique underground construction challenges of our customers."