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The History Of The Amherst Group

“The quality of our service is defined by the people in our employ”
Amherst Crane Rentals was founded in 1962 by Fitzroy (Roy) Welstead, assisted by his wife Rene during the construction boom of the early 1960’s; a time when Toronto and southern Ontario experienced tremendous growth.  Roy introduced it’s sister company, Amherst Concrete Pumping in 1968. Gradually a succession of the Welstead children joined the company; first the eldest son David, who was a pioneer in the concrete pumping industry, followed by son Terry, daughter Valerie (Brennan) and youngest son Jonathan.  Together they rose from a fledgling Canadian enterprise into a company that has become one of Ontario’s renowned and most successful companies in the equipment rental industry.
    Roy & Rene in later years
    From left to right:  Jonathan Welstead (Vice President), Valerie Brennan (Vice President), Terry Welstead (Vice President),    David Welstead (President), Roy Welstead, Peter Dimitriuk (Local 793)

With A Goal To Remain the Best...

Amherst promotes the safe growth  and development of the industry & the regions they serve.  They not only provide equipment service crucial to the successful operations of their customers, they are also a teaching company whose management believes in assisting their employees to become an integral part of their industry.  In keeping with their historic visionary and entrepreneurial attitude, David, Valerie, Terry & Jonathan have encouraged the next generation of Welstead children to participate in the industry.  With the expansion of the company to new locations in Niagara, Barrie, Trenton and Brampton, Ontario, Amherst’s need for skillful new partners will be equally as critical to their continued success as the need for loyal & skilled operating engineers. The success of the Welstead family lies in their recognition of the importance of each and every member of their organization, and their knowledge of all facets of the industry.
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A winning team!