Our History

Our History

Since our beginning in 1934, Rain for Rent has matured from a one-office, three-man oilfield supplies business to an international company with specialist employees providing world leading liquid handling solutions.

Through the years we have held steadfast by maintaining our values of hard work, honesty, integrity, commitment and good stewardship.

Continual diversification, development and a willingness to embrace innovation has meant we've always led the way…

1930's

Home Base: Bakersfield, California.

1934: "Western Oilfields Supply Company" founded to provide oilfield supplies including pipe, fittings, rags, nails, hatchets, used boilers and crown blocks.

Started offering rentals of temporary water, gas and production pipelines and piston pumps for oilfield drilling operations.

1940's

Steel replaced wood derricks, and many oilfield supply products became obsolete.

Sold and rented as pipe reclaimed boiler tubes from scrapped railroad steam engines.

Manufactured and rented 2.5m-3m diameter tanks.

1948: "Rain for Rent" brand launched as the nation's first irrigation equipment rental company.

Manufactured 12" to 48" steel pipe for water well contractors.

1950's

Expanded into the sprinkler irrigation business.

Foundry was built to manufacture aluminium couplers and fittings.

1960's

New locations opened throughout California, Idaho and New Mexico.

Acquired an aluminium pipe mill and began manufacturing mainline and gated pipe.

1970's

Acquired West Side Pump.

Opened the first Irrigation StoreTM and added drip tape and micro sprinklers.

Won our first international job in the Middle East (Iran).

1980's

Acquired Crown American Irrigation, Water Flow Products and ASC Tubing.

Formed Lake Leasing Company as an alternative to sales and rentals.

1990's

Acquired Land and Marine Tank Rental, and Frac Tanks, Inc.

Started nationwide expansion and expanded our services to industrial markets.

Power PrimeTM Pumps created to develop and build portable automatic priming pumps.

2000's

Added specialty rental products like Spillguards, filtration and instrumentation.

Acquired Hinson Pumps.

FreezeSentryTM product line of blankets and glycol heaters launched.

Developed the DV600, the largest portable centrifugal pump available for rental.

2010's

Expanding rental products offering for workplace safety and environmental protection including PipeStax®, RampLox® and HoseTraxTM.

Opened the first European location in the United Kingdom.

Starting operations in the Netherlands and Germany through strategic alliances with All Liquids Piping B.V. and enlogis GmbH respectively.