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Vickie Dagenais, left, and brother Russ hold power equipment available at their Taylor Rental store at 620 N. Colony Rd in Wallingford, Monday, March 24, 2014. Joanne Misenti, the store's event coordinator, shows a special event table setting available for rental. The store has served the community for over four decades. | Dave Zajac / Record-Journal

Wallingford rental company looks to expand

WALLINGFORD — Long known for power tools and construction equipment, a local rental company owned by the same family for 37 years is now offering items for parties and other special events.

With construction vehicles sitting in the front and side lots of Taylor Rental, at 620 N. Colony Road, one would expect to walk inside to find only equipment for construction contractors and the do-it-yourself crowd. But the business, owned by siblings Russ and Vickie Dagenais, recently added handcrafted wood tables, decorative chairs, silverware, glassware and china.

As part of an effort to grow, Taylor is renting ornamental party supplies for special occasions, including weddings. Tents, tables, dance floors, specialty linens and a wedding arch are among new items that can be rented.

“When we first came to Wallingford it was really a farming community,” Russ Dagenais said. “It’s really grown since then.”

Joanne Misenti, recently hired as an event coordinator, helps with party consultation and coordination.

When holding parties, it’s helpful to rent, Misenti said. You don’t have to throw anything away, and many of the items you would otherwise purchase and never use again can just be returned.

Taylor Rental has operated in Wallingford since 1971, Russ Dagenais said. In 1977, his father bought the business. In 1986, it moved to its current location.

When his father died in 1992, Russ Dagenais and his sister took over. Taylor Rental is a franchise name, he said, and it remains a franchise because of insurance and purchasing benefits.

“Even though the name says Taylor Rental, it’s really us,” Russ Dagenais said.

To showcase new and existing products, the business will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12.

Renting out party equipment is “an interesting business,” said Jim MacFarlane, who has operated Airbounce Amusements in Wallingford for the past eight years.

MacFarlane said he focuses on bounce houses, offering a selection of over 50.

The company has also started offering tables, chairs and other party items such as dunk tanks and grills, he said.

For a small local business, reputation is key, MacFarlane said. “Reputation creates word of mouth.” (203) 317-2224 Twitter: @Andyragz

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