We service and sell what we rent.
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O’Tools Rent or Buy is excited to be part of the Lambton Shores community and intends to provide value and service to fit the needs of home owners, yard and garden hobbyists, cottagers, and the local tradesmen and business community.
Offering mini-barns and golf cars, parts, accessories will be continued.
New will be a full-service facility for small engine repairs headed up by Fred Devine.
Operating as Proof Line Rent-All at this location for over twelve years, former owner Lyle Stewardson made the decision to retire last summer. One week prior to his announced October closing, Donald Brooks of Port Franks stumbled onto the scene.
“I was two hours away from finishing my own home renovation project on a Friday afternoon, and the borrowed air nailer I was using died. Upon arriving at Proof Line for the first time ever, I saw Lyle’s closing announcement on the sign, and although finishing my project was foremost on my mind, that business opportunity kept tugging at me.”
Having several years experience in business management and consulting, his extensive research of the industry and the community convinced Brooks to jump in.
“The more I looked, the more intrigued I became. Tool and equipment rental is a very unique and interesting business model. The industry has an excellent support group in the Canadian Rental Association, which is closely associated with the 7000-member American Rental Association. Thus, an abundance of information was available, and the conditions presented here were all very favourable; the location, the happenings within Lambton Shores and the current economic conditions all contributed to my decision. Of course, my wife, my family and my accountant were very integral, and supportive.”
Formerly a London resident, Brooks purchased a cottage in Port Franks in 1986, renovated and became a permanent resident in 1988. He has been active in the performance vehicle industry for years, having been media and sponsor relations manager for three-time CASCAR Champion Dave Whitlock of Wyoming, and an original owner and general manager of the Grand Bend Motorplex. Brooks is also active in a family land development company directing a current project in the Bruce peninsula. He previously manufactured replica classic cars and travel vans, has had retail / wholesale operations in the motorcycle and snowmobile industry, and from Port Franks was a service provider to Ford dealerships across Canada, with a western office in Canmore, AB.
New staff at O’Tools Rent or Buy - all Forest folk.
Heading up the rental and sales side is
Steve George, a volunteer firefighter and father of four.
“Don has purchased many new items for our rental fleet and we have the Honda Power Products line of mowers, trimmers, generators, pumps and of course the famous Honda engines. We also have an excellent product line of chain saws and blowers from Shindaiwa, which are not that well-known around here but very high quality and the choice of most landscapers in major metro locations. I’m excited to be part of this and look forward to helping serve so many people I already know in town.”
“Pre-owned golf cars are an exciting part of the venture, and I plan on using our web marketing experience to sell parts, accessories and complete golf cars.”
“I purchased two dozen Club Cars within two months of
opening. ... if I was going to sell golf cars - I had to have some to
Brooks experienced such a growth in the golf car and
accessory segment that it became a major part of the business immediately.
Year two highlights include being named Official Golf Car supplier to the
Fleetwood Country Cruiz-In near London in June where several O'Tools
prepared golf cars will be supplied to the entertainers and then sold as
autographed souvenirs in the big Sunday Collector Car Auction - all for
The Wagler Mini-Barn lineup is simply great value. Custom made-to-order
and delivered to your exact spot, these Mennonite-made mini-barns come
in many colours and carry a 10-year warranty These gentlemen are true
craftsman, so flexible in design, in floor plan changes and with so-many
options and such accommodating delivery and setup.
"People tell us 'you can't build 'em cheaper'... I really look forward to
continuing that growth and working as their agent in this area." said