Kurt Barker Appointed Executive Vice President - Corporate Services for United Rentals

    GREENWICH, CONN., April 24 /CNW/ - United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE:   URI) today
announced the appointment of Kurt Barker as executive vice president -
corporate services. Mr. Barker has over 15 years of senior management
experience with public companies, including nearly 10 years with United
Rentals. He joined the company upon its founding in 1997 as vice president -
east region and subsequently served as vice president for the aerial, midwest
and highway technologies regions.

    In his new role, Mr. Barker assumes the leadership and oversight of the
company's core operations of sales and marketing, fleet management, service
and maintenance, strategic sourcing and information technology.

    Michael J. Kneeland, chief operating officer for United Rentals, said,
"We are fortunate to have the benefit of Kurt's strong analytical skills in
his new role. His considerable industry experience and management expertise
will continue to be an asset to our company."

    Prior to United Rentals, Mr. Barker was a region vice president with
United Waste Systems, Inc., and held various operating positions with Chambers
Development Corp., Chem-Nuclear Systems, Inc. and Silver King Mines, Inc. He
holds a bachelor of science in engineering from South Dakota State University.

    About United Rentals

    United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the
world, with an integrated network of nearly 700 rental locations in 48 states,
10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 12,000 employees serve
construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners
and others. The company offers for rent over 20,000 classes of rental
equipment with a total original cost of $3.9 billion. United Rentals is a
member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index(R)
and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. Additional information about United
Rentals is available at unitedrentals.com.

For further information:

For further information: United Rentals, Inc. Chuck Wessendorf,
203-618-7318 VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
cwessendorf@ur.com or Nicole Salas, 203-618-7246 Manager, Corporate
Communications nsalas@ur.com

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