Skyworks LLC is a family-owned rental dealer who has grown immensely since its inception back in 1999 in Buffalo, N.Y. In 15 years, they have grown the business from one corporate location in Buffalo to a total of 11 locations, spanning from Albany, N.Y. to Manassas, Va., as well as locations in Ohio, N.J., and Pittsburgh, Pa.
Jerry R. Reinhart who garnered his knowledge of rental equipment and the industry after working several years for his father’s company Access Rentals, decided to go on his own venture, starting Skyworks. Despite a growing number of branches, Reinhart made sure to never lose sight of the family business appeal and core values.
Skyworks serves the commercial and industrial channels, specializing in aerial lifts, telehandlers, fork lifts, under bridge platforms, skid steers, and excavators. They also feature a number of construction equipment, including a variety of Chicago Pneumatic products. Chicago Pneumatic is the exclusive brand for generators and air compressors, and they also rent out CP hydraulic breakers and air tools. Skyworks stocks CP 185 cfm and CP 400 cfm range portable air compressors as well as the CGP 20 to CPG 120 range for generators.
“We have been buying Chicago Pneumatic equipment for years and our customers are having great success with both the compressor and generator lineups – they keep on renting them with good results each time,” said Chuck Boyer, Manager of Skyworks, Pittsburgh branch. “The visual pad on the generator is a great feature and on the air compressors, the controls are easy to get to on the rear of the machine – the valves are right there for easy access.”
CP generators have been designed to meet the tough demands of the construction industry, from general construction to public works or temporary power needs. They offer a complete range from 20kVA up to 33kVA. CP also offers small, mid-size, large, and utility mounted compressors ranging from 90 to 750 cfm. Both the generators and compressors are known for their reliability, easy maintenance, flexibility, and transportability.
“As a rental dealer, the CP air compressors and generators are great to have in your lineup – they really separate themselves with some great features that are user-friendly,” Boyer said. “They start up great in cold weather, have easy-to-read fuel gauges, they are rental compatible, and tow really well. When you tow, you can go 45-55 mph, so they have great transportability and back up really well.”
With the rental industry surging, Skyworks has definitely noticed a difference throughout their business. As the economy goes, so too does local rental houses. Right now, the economy is holding up strong. A good sign came in October, when the state of Pennsylvania struck a deal with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners to replace 558 structurally deficient bridges. With 25,000 state owned bridges, Pennsylvania has the third-largest number of bridges in the nation, but leads the country in the number of bridges classified as structurally deficient. The average age of the bridges on the state system is over 50 years old. With an $899 million proposal, the project is one of the first public-private partnerships in the U.S. to try to reconstruct hundreds of spans under one contract. Plenary Walsh will design, build, finance and maintain the bridges.
Skyworks keeps a keen eye on the economy and the Pittsburgh branch is enthusiastic about the latest bridge announcement. They have the equipment needed to help reconstruct the Pennsylvania bridges, from under bridge platforms to Chicago Pneumatic breakers, among other equipment.
“Right now, I feel the rental industry is in a good place, especially if the economy keeps picking up,” Boyer said, “If it does, our business will follow suit and currently we are doing well. If the rental industry is in good shape, that means we are busy, because contractors are starting to spend money in the industry, road work, and for the next several years in Pennsylvania, they will be spending money on much-needed bridge reconstruction.”
While the economy in on the upswing, it’s clear to see that the rental industry is cruising. Need evidence? Look no further than the rapidly growing Skyworks – a family-owned business, which has grown to 11 locations in 15 years. There’s no doubt that rental equipment is in high demand out on the jobsite.