Superior Rents' owners, Dan and Steve Wohnoutka, trace the genesis of their business back to their own childhoods spent on a modestly equipped farm. With an appreciation for how proper tools and equipment can make projects run smoother, they decided to stock three locations with plumbing, construction, and lawn-care equipment for homeowners and contractors to rent on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Their online catalog hosts a roster of rental equipment, from power drills for household projects to forklifts for hanging Do Not Disturb signs on asteroids. Customers can arrange for equipment to be delivered to their work site or drop by one of three locations—including a newly opened site in Springfield—to pick up gear.
Sam's Club works with a worldwide network of suppliers to find in-demand products and premium food items, and then purchases them in large quantities to cut down on costs. The result is an average 33% savings over traditional retail prices. To date, the club counts more than 47 million amongst its ranks, spread across more than 600 club locations.
Sam's Club members often find something surprising in club?with values on anything from holiday decor to diamond earrings. The festive savings carry through all departments, as a trip through a typical Sam's Club reveals home decor, Energy Star?qualified TVs and computers, and pet supplies. In other aisles, associates hand out samples of food from name brands and the club's proprietary grocery lines. In-club pharmacies and optical centers fill discounted medications and fit members with eyewear.
Perhaps most surprising about Sam's Club is that, despite the ever-growing number of clubs, the company stays tied to its local communities. In 2012 alone, Sam's Club donated $106.4 million to various causes, such as helping small business owners secure loans. The clubs also host free health screenings and the occasional special event, such as weight-loss seminars and business boot camps. But the company also tackles some of the global issues on its members' minds. As of 2010, Sam's Club began offsetting 20% of its energy use from wind power?only a small step towards its ultimate goal of harnessing 100% renewable energy, just like an extension cord plugged back into itself.
With 20 years of experience as a self-employed handyman, Charlie Potter could handle most home-improvement jobs, but he possessed enough humility to know he couldn't do everything himself. So he and his wife had an idea: develop a network of specialty contractors ready to take on any job, no matter how specialized. This strength-in-numbers approach launched Contractors Just 4U, and today, more than 34 licensed-and-insured contractors serve home- and small-business owners with services that range from complete remodels to basic handyman services. Roofing, flooring, and painting jobs are just a few examples of the services within Contractors Just 4U's repertoire, which also includes landscaping, ghost busting, and interior design.
PureLife Wellness Solutions' staffers dedicate themselves to helping their patients further their individual health goals, coaxing toxins from bodies, battling cellulite and stretch marks, and working to help relieve stress and discomfort with aesthetic and wellness services. After complimentary initial consultations, staffers deftly perform noninvasive body-contouring and facial treatments that aim to tighten skin and shed inches so that patrons can more easily hide behind telephone poles. IV treatments further guide patients toward health, with cocktails designed to boost energy, provide assistance to flagging immune systems, or assist with struggles with addiction, depression, and chronic fatigue.
Hadrian?s Wall boasts stone battlements as tall as 20 feet. The formidable Badaling section of the Great Wall tops out at out 26 feet. Both of these engineering wonders are trumped by The Block Doc?s masons, who have built walls up to 30 feet high. More par for the course is a vast portfolio of mosaicked patios, retaining walls, driveways, and stairs. Not only masters of grand scale, the stonemasons also showcase attention to detail in their work, whether they are matching the stone of garden walls to existing structures or sealing each block with a smooth layer of mortar and a kiss.
Since 1987, General Rental Center has matched do-it-yourselfers with the correct rental products and equipment to complete an array of projects. Rentable wares from the company?s vast catalog assist their operators with digging trenches, demolishing walls, and surveying land. At General Rental, customers can also rent necessities for weddings and corporate events from the Eventful Rental showroom.