Michael J. Kneeland Appointed Chief Operating Officer of United Rentals

    GREENWICH, CONN., March 7 /CNW/ - United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE:   URI) today
announced the appointment of Michael J. Kneeland as executive vice president
and chief operating officer. Kneeland had served as the company's executive
vice president-operations since 2003.

    Wayland Hicks, chief executive officer for United Rentals, said,
"Michael's new position as chief operating officer allows United Rentals to
further capitalize on his extensive knowledge of the equipment rental
business. His wealth of experience has been instrumental in helping our
company to shape its strategy and achieve significant growth."

    Michael Kneeland has more than 25 years of management experience in the
equipment rental industry, including key positions in sales and operations
with private, public and investor-owned companies. He initially joined United
Rentals in 1998 as district manager upon the company's acquisition of
Equipment Supply Company. In 1999 his responsibilities were expanded to
include multiple districts within United Rentals' aerial operations. Kneeland
was subsequently named vice president-aerial operations in 2000, and vice
president-southeast region in 2001, before becoming executive vice

    Prior to joining United Rentals, Kneeland was president of Freestate
Industries, Inc. from 1995 until that company was sold to Equipment Supply
Company in 1996. From 1996 to 1998 he served as general manager for Rylan
Rents dba Freestate Industries, a division of Equipment Supply. At the time it
was acquired by United Rentals, Equipment Supply was the largest aerial
equipment rental company in North America.

    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 www.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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