b'New ARA Forecast Reflects a More Positive Outlook ARA Launches For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic adverselyTraining impacted the equipment and event rental industry last year, the latest forecast from the American Rental Association (ARA)Program calls for more positive growth in 2021 and beyond. The ARAto Help Keep Guests is an international trade association for owners of equipmentand Employees Safeand event rental businesses, and for manufacturers and suppliers of rental equipment in three segments: construction/ The American Rental Association (ARA) industrial, general tool and party/event. launched the Clean. Safe. Essential training The previous forecast, released on Nov. 12, projected acertificate program for party and event rental modest uptick of 0.3 percent in equipment and event rentalcompanies. The online training program for revenue in 2021, but the new forecast, released Feb. 16, showsThe equipment and event rental industry often recovers from ARA members is designed to help keep the an expectation of more than 1.5 percent growth in 2021, toadversity more quickly than the industries it serves, and it & Hospitality Show, sponsored by the California Restaurant surpass $50.2 billion. This comes after a difficult 2020, whererental experience safe during and after the Association, is scheduled for Aug. 22-24, 2021, at the Anaheimlooks like this is happening again, says John McClelland, total industry revenues dipped 11.7 percent to just under $49.5Ph.D., AROVIce presidedemic. The mentulffaicovnd such Convention Center (the 2020 show was canceled due to COVID- CA viD-19 pannt for governmod aes rs aer chief billion, with party and event showing a decline of 49 percent. economist. Even the party and event companies that were 19). The next Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, sponsored bytopics as supplies needed, preparations to The party and event segment is expected to grow 37 percenthit so hard by cancelations starting last March are beginning the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, is scheduled formake, safety considerations and a cleanliness in 2021, with all three segments expected to surpass peakto see a glimmer of hope ahead while ARA continues to work Sept. 19-20, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center inchecklist. For more information, visit revenues of 2019 by the end of 2022. hard to bring more relief to that segment through additional Orlando (the 2020 show was canceled due to COVID-19). Forararental.org.With the government stimulus programs and the rolloutgovernment stimulus programs.more information, visit foodandbevshows.com. of the vaccine, people are beginning to have more confidence.For more information, visit ararental.org.ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESSThrough Take-Out Packaging!NEVER WASTE an opportunity to promote your business, your specials, your take-out menus, etc.Foodservice To Go is your one-stop shop for CUSTOMIZED TAKE-OUT PACKAGING.customerservice@foodservicetogo.com | 940.220.9213 | foodservicetogo.comFood Service To Go is a division of R&M PackagingCATEcateG, FOODSziRVIcomEVENTS c 1 5RINringmagaEne.CE &CATERINfeG- MneAwGsA.ZcoINmE 11'