NORTH MIAMI– Two equipment rental businesses, both in North Miami, are under new ownership and will eventually fly the True Value Rental flag.

Grand Rental Station, which has been in business for 16 years, and Route 66 Rentals, in business for eight years, have been sold to Clayton and Lindsay Shumaker and Jack and Debbie Shumaker.

The businesses are located across the highway from each other at 418 North Main and 515 North Main.

Both sites will continue operation and sport the familiar red True Value color scheme.

“Our goal is to grow exponentially in the next couple of years,” stated Clayton. “We hope to be one of the largest in the area.”

The business caters to both the casual do-it-yourselfer who may need to rent an item of lawn equipment or a specialty tool to the professional contractor whose project may require the lease of a piece of heavy equipment such as an excavator or bulldozer. The heavy equipment operation is where Shumaker sees the greatest potential for the company's growth.

The business also offers party equipment, from chairs, tables and tents to cotton candy machines. Inflatable bounce houses are also popular items. Customers can currently choose from nearly 50 of these.

Sewer snakes have been in high demand lately, an employee reported.

Grand Rental Station was founded by late businessman, Ray Curtis who operated Curtis Building Supply in Miami. Route 66 Rentals was established by Jack Dalrymple, who also owns an engineering firm.

The new owners are keeping normal operating procedures.

“We are excited to be a part of this area and are pleased to keep both locations open, due to the amount of the equipment and the growth we expect to see,” stated Shumaker. “These are two very powerful, productive businesses, and we are pursuing a third location in the area.”