Eberhart Capital Continues to Expand in Southwest Florida

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Equipment Source Opening New Branch Outside Fort Myers, Florida

In its latest move to establish a strong presence in the equipment rental market in Southwest Florida, The Equipment Source is opening an additional branch to service customers in the greater Fort Myers area. The store, which is located in LaBelle just off Highway 80, opened November 2, 2020.

“This is the third expansion of our rental equipment presence in Southwest Florida in 2020,” said Dan K. Eberhart, Managing Director of Eberhart Capital, LLC the parent company of The Equipment Source. “With the signals for construction growth here being so strong, the rental equipment market is a natural place to invest.”

Preparing for a strong construction market in Southwest Florida makes sense. Economic indicators have continued to point to signs of growth in the area. Several construction projects are slated to begin that will eventually result in the makeover of the Fort Myers downtown area. Plans include a new amphitheater and restaurant complex, and follow the recent completion of a new 12-story, 243-room Luminary hotel.

Tourism is also showing positive signs of life after travel had slowed to the region in the spring months due to the pandemic. Metrics used to gauge the health of the tourism industry have been improving, leading many businesses to believe the economy will support continued growth.

The existing Naples location has experienced a healthy demand for their rental equipment, spurring The Equipment Source to explore expanding north to attract new customers located in other high-growth markets. With their Englewood location already covering Sarasota county, Fort Myers was clearly a logical choice. Rob Sweetland, who has been hired as the branch manager of the new Fort Myers location, believes it’s the perfect spot.

“By opening a location in Fort Myers, we can offer full coverage for our customers in the Southwest Florida area,” said Sweetland. “With our current locations in Naples and Englewood, Fort Myers can build on the diverse customer-base between the two existing stores.”

About Eberhart Capital Rentals

Eberhart Capital, LLC’s equipment rental companies are located in Florida and Iowa, serving consumer, commercial, and construction markets. Companies include Contractor Sales & Service, LLC (CSS) in Des Moines, Iowa, The Equipment Source, LLC in Naples, Florida,  and  Englewood, Florida. They provide aerial, earth moving, and small tools that customers can rent or buy. The onsite shops at each location can repair a wide range of equipment.