AmQuip Corporation was founded by Joseph L. Wesley, Sr. in 1967 and was originally known as the American Equipment Rental Company.
In the late 1970's and early 1980's, the American Equipment Rental Company developed a major operations center and office in Vancouver and made other regional acquisitions to become a major US player in the crane rental industry. After successfully re-trenching and managing through the early 2000's economic downturn, and refocusing under the name AmQuip "The Crane People", the company grew significantly, organically, and through acquisition.
In June 2007, the company was acquired by an investor group comprised of Altpoint Capital Partners, Lehman Brothers, Joseph L. Wesley, Sr. and Bard Capital Group LLC. Richard Bard of Bard Capital Group LLC was named Chairman of the Board.
AmQuip now has facilities in Atlanta, Georgia; Bensalem, Pennsylvania; Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; Carteret, New Jersey; Nashville Tennessee; Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Birmingham, Alabama.