About Higgins Event Rentals

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About Higgins Event Rentals2018-06-07T19:13:37+00:00

Higgins Event Rentals

The founding of Higgins Event Rentals is the charming story of Denis and Peggy; high school sweethearts.

This husband and wife team who began a small and humble business in Toronto nearly 33 years ago, grew into a strong family of 4 sons and 1 daughter. And their legacy grew into a devoted family operation in Toronto with over 60 employees.

Founded as United Rent-All in 1982, their small business operated pretty much like a general rental store in Etobicoke’s Royal York Plaza. Taking over the space from a department store, they warehoused chain saws, cement mixers, baby cribs and other odd items for rent.

You may be surprised to learn that, at that time, only a fraction of their business offered dishes, glassware, cutlery, linen, tables and chairs. However, from their humble beginnings they eventually set a blistering pace focused on growth and become pioneers of the event rental industry in Toronto.

As part of their natural evolution, Denis found a buyer for the tool side of the company and the sale allowed the couple to focus on the growing needs of the “party rental” industry.

While it was their first foray into entrepreneurship, Denis had been a banker by trade and could handle operations and finance. Peggy would find herself to be the driving force, with the natural flare for design, purchasing and well harvested hospitality skills needed to deal with event planners, designers and producers.

As the company scaled up, the children became more and more involved. Mike, Dave & John worked in the family business almost from the beginning, starting with summers and weekends. They learned the business from the ground up.

Denis and Peggy consistently challenged the old model of event rentals by sourcing new designs, seeking out new products and setting new standards for the industry. When Denis & Peggy retired in 2000, the second generation of the Higgins family took over the helm of the company.

Throughout their years of growth, the company has relocated several times in favour of larger premises. More warehouse space allowed for more shipments and made way for larger items like party tents; an area of expertise for which the company has become renowned.

The Higgins business is a mainstay in the Toronto Event Rental industry. While some of the large event rental businesses in Toronto are owned by private equity firms, this family business is here to stay.

It has grown to 2 locations, 3 warehouses, 10 five ton trucks and 75 staff in the summer-time peak. Inventory now boasts over 1,800 event products.

Want to join the Higgins team? Apply here!

Higgins continues to hire newcomers to Canada, students and are equal opportunity employers. They pride themselves on reducing their corporate footprint by being “Green” conscious, and are very conscientious about supporting the local economy. They also buy Canadian whenever possible.

Owners

John Higgins
John HigginsOwner
Dave Higgins
Dave Higgins Owner
Teddy (Ted) Higgins
Teddy (Ted) Higgins Morale Officer & Security

Office

Paul V.
Paul V.Director of Operations & Quality
Laura D.
Laura D.Director of Customer Service
Andrew Z.
Andrew Z.Director of Sales & Marketing
Scott C.
Scott C.Director of Tent Sales & Operations
Alicia-Nicole F.
Alicia-Nicole F.Account Manager (Celebration specialist)
Shauna M.
Shauna M.Account Manager (Tent specialist)
Michelle N.
Michelle N.Account Manager (Festival specialist)
Wanda C.
Wanda C.Account Manager
Melissa H.
Melissa H.Customer Service
Christian P.
Christian P.Event Logistics Coordinator
Simone E.
Simone E.Accounting

Fleet

Dave C.
Dave C.Supervisor Delivery (Dispatch)
Craig M.
Craig M.Delivery (Dispatch)
Brian H.
Brian H.Supervisor Delivery (Team Leader)
Mohamed O.
Mohamed O.Delivery guy with the smile we call “Mo”
Nestor B.
Nestor B.Driver
Manolis M.
Manolis M.Driver
Dan H.Driver-Seasonal
Moe H.
Moe H.Driver's Helper
Jojo M.
Jojo M.Driver's Helper
Delmundo G.Driver's Helper
Sunder S.Driver's Helper
William R.
William R.Driver's Helper

Warehouse

Frank D.
Frank D.Large Equipment Controller
Rory H.Maintenance, Floater (Driver, Tent Division, Helper)
Sayana H.Maintenance Helper
Delcarme A.
Delcarme A.Order Picker
Harold P. G.
Harold P. G.Order Picker
Kalpisha P.
Kalpisha P.Quality Control
Emmanuel B. (Manny)Warehouse Helper
Hai M.
Hai M.Linen Specialist we call Mama Hai
Vinh M.
Vinh M.Laundry
Chau T.
Chau T.Dishwasher
Christine P.
Christine P.Dishwasher
Manjulaben P.
Manjulaben P.Silver Polisher
Ramesh P.
Ramesh P.Dishwasher
Ngo M. (Jenny)
Ngo M. (Jenny)
Zainab O. B.
Zainab O. B.Dishwasher
Loan N.
Loan N.Dishwasher
Sarojben P.
Sarojben P.Dishwasher
Zenaida R.
Zenaida R.Dishwasher
Thi Minh H.N.Dishwasher
Sam Mui V.
Sam Mui V.Dishwasher
Phan M.Dishwasher
Nanu P.Dishwasher
Alex D.
Alex D.Helper/ Part-time Working Student
Kirk F.
Kirk F.Order Picker

Tents

Andy O.Driver-Tent Division On Site Supervisor
Andre C.
Andre C.Supervisor Tent Operations
Abdalla H.
Abdalla H.General Labour-Tent Division
Joe L.
Joe L.General Labour-Tent Division

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