796 East 140th Street Bronx, NY 10454

HISTORY

Empire Equipment Rental and Tool Repair has been providing reliable equipment and exceptional service to customers for over 25 years.

Our company was founded by a team of experienced professionals who saw a need for a more customer-focused equipment rental and tool repair service.

Over the years, we have grown to become a leading provider of rental equipment and tool repair services in the industry. We have expanded our product offerings to include a wide range of tools and equipment for various industries, from construction and manufacturing to automotive and landscaping.

We take pride in our commitment to providing exceptional customer service and support. Our team of experts works hard to ensure that every customer receives the tools and equipment they need to complete their project successfully. We are always available to answer questions, provide guidance, and offer support to our customers.

At Empire Equipment Rental and Tool Repair, we believe that our success is driven by the success of our customers. We are dedicated to helping our customers achieve their goals, whether it’s completing a construction project, repairing a vehicle, or improving their landscaping.

As we look to the future, we remain committed to our core values of quality, reliability, and exceptional customer service. We will continue to invest in the latest tools and equipment to ensure that we provide our customers with the best possible service. We are excited about the opportunities ahead and look forward to serving our customers for many years to come.

1918
Air Tool Sales & Repair Co., Inc. was founded by Waldemar Meyer as Universal Air Tool Co.
1923
1935
Walter partners with skilled machinist Alois Muller and sets up partnership in Brooklyn.
1939
1940s
ATS machine shop rapidly developed the reputation as the best machine shop in New York City with clients like General Electric and George A. Fuller Construction Co. Also helped Fuller refurbish St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
1948
1950s
Worked with Fuller to create one of the first prototypes of what became the rotary air compressor. Also invented the Boom Mounted Post hole Digger – the first automatic air tool for the installation of highway rail guards
1960s
1970s
ATS develops prototype for housing magnets used in electronic microscopes, made a prototype for the ‘Perspectograph’ allowing for automatic perspective drawings rather than manual, made the prototype for a device sealing plastic pipe at the job site, and also patented the brass skeleton for a cigarette holder, into which honeycomb filter paper was inserted, resulting in the first filtered cigarette holder.
1980s
1989
Businessmen Roger H. Lourie and Lloyd W. Milne purchase ATS and continue focusing on servicing the construction, utilities, and marine trades.
2019
2021
Empire Tool Rental purchases A2Z Equipment Rental and expands their regional footprint to include the greater Pompano Beach, Florida area.
1918
1923
Mr. Meyer passes and his 3 sons, Walter, Alfred, and Howard take over the family business.
1935
1939
Universal Air Tool Co. incorporates as Air Tool Sales and moves to Long Island and continues work in the pneumatic tools industry for military and shipping.
1940s
1948
ATS designs, builds, and successfully markets a forerunner small hand-held rock drill called the ‘RHandi-Drill’
1950s
1960s
ATS invents ‘The Stomper’ concrete breaker, a telephone wire connecting device (precursor to the Automatic Splicer, and the ‘The Klemat’ – a horizontal rock drilling machine.
1970s
1980s
ATS contribution was the introduction of the “Air Pen”. This tool was the first air operated etching tool in the industry and is a patented device. Along with the needle scaler, it is one of the two most significant new products in the modern air tool industry.
The company also created the “Erector Set Compressor” which allowed large air compressors, required in maintenance and renovation of high-rise buildings to be dismantled easily into components that fit into elevators, and then quickly reassembled at the building level.
1989
2019
Terrance Fuhrman of Empire Tool Rental purchases Air Too Sales expanding the firm’s tool rental and repair capabilities while looking to continue its legacy of innovation and excellence in the industry.
2021

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