Hunter Street Partners, a Minneapolis-based alternative investment management firm, has launched a scalable platform to invest in equipment rental companies. Hunter Street has acquired All-Star Equipment Rental of Naples, Fla., a single-site rental company, and will work closely with the company's management team to evaluate other opportunities for expansion in the region.
All-Star rents, sells, and services equipment including forklifts, boom lifts, mini excavators, skid steers, scissor lifts, and an extensive offering of small equipment. All-Star serves a range of commercial end markets including construction, renovation, landscaping, energy, milling, and agriculture companies in the southwest Florida region.
Hunter Street plans to work with All-Star's management to identify opportunities to expand its fleet and add new equipment product types to better serve customer demand. In addition, Hunter Street will look to acquire other regional operators of complementary businesses to scale the equipment rental platform.
"The COVID-19 pandemic created an imbalance in the equipment rental space, and as the U.S. positions itself for an eventual economic rebound, companies like All-Star will be among the first movers in a recovery," said Neal Johnson, CEO and CIO of Hunter Street Partners. "The southwest Florida equipment rental market will benefit from broader economic factors including the pent-up demand for infrastructure spending and homebuilding, and we're excited to work closely with Kevin and the team at All-Star to serve more local businesses."
"All-Star is excited to continue supporting contractors getting back to business, and we strongly believe Hunter Street's support will help us expand our rental offerings as well as our ability to reach a broader range of customers," said Kevin Duffy, president of All-Star. "We're grateful to the hundreds of local businesses we worked with over the last 18 years, and we look forward to continuing to build the All-Star brand with our new partner."
All-Star Rental is also a dealer for Mustang Equipment.