Lloyd and Mary Mitchell founded Taylor Rental-Muskegon in 1968. The store was one of the earliest franchises in the Midwest granted by Taylor Rental Corporation. The Mitchells successfully operated the business for over ten years at 1250 Getty Street, Muskegon. Reaching retirement age, Mr. Mitchell and his wife decided to sell the business in 1978.
Jim VanderWier, in his position as lead mechanic at East Shore Chemical, was familiar with the Mitchells and their Taylor Rental operation. He expressed his interest in purchasing the business. The final papers were signed January 2, 1979 and Jim VanderWier became the new owner. The store continued to operate with family members as key personnel.
Taylor Rental-Muskegon experienced steady growth as a result of excellent customer service and a continually increasing inventory. In January of 1988, Jim purchased an additional store in Grand Haven. The second rental store opened on April 1, 1988, on the corner of Beechtree and Grant in Grand Haven.
In order to meet the increasing demands of party supply rentals, many changes had to occur within the corporation. One of the biggest decisions was to drop the Taylor Rental franchise. On January, 1 1991, the business was named Rental Investments, Inc. or Redi Rental and started to focus more of its attention on Event Rentals.
With the desire to meet the rental needs of the Norton Shores area and due to an internal need for additional space, a building was purchased at 2232 Glade Street, Muskegon. The vision for the Glade Street store was that of a general rental store which could encompass both general tool and party rentals. The Redi Rental store at Glade Street was opened in the fall of 1992.
Today, Redi Rental comprises of two stores, the Grand Haven and 2232 Glade, Muskegon locations. Both locations are for tool rentals but our Muskegon store is the main location for Party Rentals for all of West Michigan.
Thank you for your business since 1979. We are continuing to grow and we excited for new opportunities to serve our Grand Haven and Muskegon communities.