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Historical Timeline

  July Rory Kennard – Kennards Hire Board Director (2020 - current) 
  June Mount Maunganui Branch, New Zealand opens 8 June
  March Bill Whitehouse appointed as CEO
 2020 January Mornington Branch, VIC opens on 2 January
  November Kalgoorlie Branch, WA opens on 4 November
  October Angus Kennard awarded National Sustained Excellence Award at the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards™
  March Westgate Branch, New Zealand opens 5 March
 2019 August Roxby Downs Branch, SA opens on 12 August
  July Victorian Branch network expansion – Airport West, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Abbotsford (new and upgraded branches)
  January Heatherbrae Branch, NSW opens on 2 January following the acquisition of Nielsen Hire
2018   Opened new branches in QLD (Toowoomba, Caloundra, Morayfield), VIC (Ravenhall, North Geelong), NSW (Byron Bay, Tamworth), NZ (Lower Hutt, Queenstown, Invercargill, Hornby, Ashburton)
    Andy Kennard inducted as Life Member into FBA Hall of Fame
    Kennards Hire celebrates 70 years in business 
  October Acquired Power Distribution Rentals
  September AS/NZS 4801 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems certification (all 170+ branches)
  August 7th Place in Australia’s Best Place to Work Awards (over 1,000 employees)
  June Kennards Hire Foundation launches with inaugural $7million gift to children’s and environmental charities
   April Third Supplier Awards night held. JLG Industries awarded Australian ‘Supplier of the Year’, Hilti New Zealand awarded NZ ‘Supplier of the Year’
2017   HIANZ Gold Award – Hamilton Branch
    Almost 170 branches and 1,500 employees across Australia and New Zealand 
2016 October  Angus Kennard appointed as CEO (October 2016 – March 2020)
  July Kennards Hire website activates online hire bookings 
  February New Chairman Brendan Fleiter appointed 
2015   Kennards Hire Albany Branch wins HIANZ Hire Company of the Year Award
    Second Supplier Awards night held. Hilti Australia again awarded ‘Supplier of the Year’
2014   Specialist businesses now trade and are unified under the Kennards Hire brand
    Kennards Hire awarded Hire and Rental Industry Association (HRIA) Company of the Year award
    Peter Lancken awarded ARA Distinguished Service Award in 2014
    The Kennards Hire "Why" Safety program rolled out 
  November Kennards Hire inducted into the Family Business Association (FBA) Hall of Fame
  September Kennards Hire receives distinguished Family Business of the Year award from the FBA  
  September 150 branches and 1,100 employees
  July  1,000 employees
2013 November Test and Measure division commenced and Customer Call Centre rolled out 
  April  Rail division commenced and Kennards Hire expands and into New Zealand
    First Bi-Annual Supplier Awards night held. Hilti Australia awarded ‘Supplier of the Year’ 
    New QR Code technology introduced for all equipment. Allowing access to detailed product information in the field 
2012   Allen Besseling is appointed CEO (2012- 2015)
  December Acquired McEntee Hire adding Auckland CIty, Albany, Silverdale, Henderson, Papakura, Onehunga, Pukekohe and East Tamaki to the New Zealand network
2012 June  Neville Kennard passes away 
    Peter Lancken appointed Chairman (2011 – 2016)
    Kennards Hire acquires Concrete Care 
2011 February Kirsty Kovacs (nee Kennard) – Kennards Hire Board Director (2011 – 2021) 
2010   Kennards Hire acquires Lift & Shift 
2010 July Pump & Power division commences in Queensland
    100 branches and 900 employees
    Branches open in both Western Australia and Northern Territory 
2009   Traffic division commenced
    John Tolmie commences as CEO (2009 -2012)
2008 May Kennards Hire awarded  HRIA Hire Company of the Year
    Peter Lancken awarded ‘Special Service Award’ by American Rental Association (ARA)
2007   Andy Kennard retires from the board 
  May 800 employees
    Angus Kennard – Kennards Hire Board Director (2005 – 2020) 
2005 Oct Angus Kennard appointed third generation Non Executive Director
2005 June 700 employees
2004 Aug Kennards Hire major logo change and rollout
2004 Mar Concrete Care division commenced
2003   Andy Kennard inducted into the American Rental Hall of Fame and a Life Member of the HRIA 
  Nov 600 employees
  January Lift & Shift division commenced
2001 May Kennards Hire awarded inaugural HRIA National Hire Company of the Year 
  March  Kennards Hire Equity Participation Programme (KHEPP) commenced
  January 500 employees
1998   50 branches in 50 years
1996   Angus Kennard starts at Kennards Hire 
1995   Peter Lancken appointed CEO (1995 – 2009) and Executive Director (current)
    Peter Lancken starts with Kennards Hire
1994   Kennards Hire acquires GKN2 (seven NSW branches / three ACT branches) 
1992   Kennards Hire acquires GKN1 (five NSW branches / three QLD branches)
1991   Neville and Andy Kennard separate their business interests (Andy retains Kennards Hire and Neville moves over to what later becomes Kennards Self-Storage 
1984   Kennards Hire logo is updated and "Make Your Job Easy" slogan introduced 
1979   Kennards Mini Storage changes name to Easi Stor 
1976   Andy Kennard becomes president of the Hire Association of NSW (1976 - 1979)
1972   Kennards pioneered mechanical access equipment in Australia with 2 Get Smart 15' scissor lifts
    Kennards Hire logo updated 
1970   Neville Kennard becomes the inaugural president of the Hire Association Australia 
1969   Quality Control Checks commenced 
1967   Neville Kennard becomes founding president of the Hire Association 
1966   First Kennards Hire logo introduced
1965   Andy Kennard joins the business 
    Truck rental introduced - Falcon utes and Ford F350 vans
1957   Neville Kennard joins the business 
1951   Wally and the family move to Sydney and trade out of the family garage under W. Kennard Agencies 
1948   Wally Kennard starts hiring from 142 Russell Street, Bathurst, NSW under W. Kennard & Company

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