THE BEGINNING OF A LEGACY
For more than half a century, LaLonde Equipment Rental has represented excellence in the Southern California building and construction market.
The company was founded in 1966 by Rudy and Mary Lou Lalonde when Rudy bought his first tractor from his father Al Lalonde, who worked as an owner-operator in the building and construction industry for over 20 years.
Growing up, Rudy developed an affinity for the industry by observing his father operate earth moving equipment at work and saw an opportunity to provide the highest quality equipment and superior service to help contractors efficiently meet their project goals.
Al Lalonde with sons Rudy and Phillip on a Ford tractor in 1947
As business grew, Rudy and Mary Lou opened an office in Long Beach, expanded their equipment fleet and began renting machines to an ever increasing number of construction and grading companies.
Company founders Rudy and Mary Lou Lalonde
GROWTH AND INNOVATION
In the 1990s, LaLonde continued its growth by concentrating on the specialized segment of heavy equipment rentals. The company was able to jump ahead in the market by investing in excavators and quick couplers that enabled one machine with a variety of attachments to do a wide range of jobs that previously required separate pieces of equipment. Due to these and other innovative methods, LaLonde was able to double production for customers.
As the company continued to prosper, LaLonde moved to its current Signal Hill location, which featured a large yard and machine shop for storage and maintenance of equipment.
LaLonde headquarters in Signal Hill
In the decades that followed, LaLonde continued to grow a strong base of loyal customers with a versatile fleet of excavators as well as other popular heavy construction rental equipment including loaders, backhoes, dozers, motorgraders and rollers. Today, the LaLonde fleet includes more than 100 different machines; the vast majority of which feature new environmentally compliant engines.
Rudy and Mary Lou didn’t expect their children to follow them into the equipment business after they retired but were fortunate that two of their children, Janelle Reusch and Brian LaLonde, were already actively involved in the day-to-day management of the company and were eager to take over the reins and continue the LaLonde legacy in the 21st century.
LaLonde Bakersfield branch office
With experienced and aggressive leadership, LaLonde Equipment is well positioned for expansion. Whether it’s taking down bridges, expanding airports, building new port facilities or assisting in emergency cleanup efforts; LaLonde continues to deliver the stellar service that long standing customers have come to expect. With its headquarters in Signal Hill and branch locations in Bakersfield and Menifee the company is able to efficiently serve clients across Southern California including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, Kern, Orange, San Diego, and Riverside counties.
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Over the years, our industry has grown and technology has changed the way we work but the corporate culture at LaLonde remains the same. We embrace the values of having a strong work ethic, integrity, trust, and respect, in a supportive family-oriented atmosphere. With a highly talented team of over 50 staff members that includes rental coordinators, field service personnel, equipment operators, shop technicians and mechanics, LaLonde continues to strive to be your trusted partner for heavy equipment rentals.