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Sunstate Equipment Overview

Phoenix, AZ
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Commercial Equipment Rental
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Sunstate Equipment provides construction, industrial, and special event companies with top quality construction rental equipment and tools. Our reliable service and dedication to our customers continues to help them get their job done efficiently and ... Read more

Mission: Our success stems from providing the highest level of service in the construction equipment rental industry. Everyone in the Sunstate family works collectively to ensure your order is completed and delivered on time, all the time. This level of excellence permeates the entire ... Read more

Company Updates

  • When your projects take you underground, trust your safety to Sunstate. Our new Trench Safety Division brings top quality below ground and confined space equipment to your jobsite to keep crews safe and projects OSHA compliant. Discover Sunstate’s trench safety options by calling our underground specialists today at 346-335-9001.

  • Sunstate is making a splash by bringing exceptional equipment and our renowned superior customer service to the northwest. Come see us in Portland to meet the friendly professionals who are ready to bring top quality equipment to your projects today! 5413 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland. Or give us a call at 888-456-4560. #SunstateEquipment #RentalPeopleYouCanDependOn #SunstatePortland

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    Sunstate Equipment provides a wide variety of construction equipment rentals, including heavy equipment rentals, forklift rentals, generator rentals, tool rentals, and lift rentals.

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Sunstate Equipment – Why Work For Us?

Since 1977, Sunstate Equipment has been operated on one premise – people come first! From the first days when we were a single mom-and-pop shop in Phoenix, Arizona, to becoming the sixth largest construction equipment rental company in the U.S., we’ve maintained a culture rooted in integrity, fairness and teamwork that is found at every Sunstate branch and in every department from coast to coast.

We believe in treating people right, plain and simple. To us, this includes things like competitive pay, generous benefits, and a good work-life balance. This also means we provide our employees with the tools and opportunities to build a long-lasting career with a company that truly values their contributions. And, it’s why nearly 20 percent of our team has been with us for 20 years or more.

Sunstate’s commitment to our people and our culture is unsurpassed in the industry, earning us multiple awards and recognitions for innovative leadership, customer service, and top employer rankings. Join a team that cares about your future. Join the Sunstate team by applying today.

The Sunstate Core Values represent the guiding principles and beliefs that have created our distinct business culture. Although advocated and espoused verbally by Mike in the early years, by the late 1990’s, the rapid geographic expansion required Sunstate to put those Core Values in writing to spread the word about what has made Sunstate such a successful company. They are posted in every branch and are a constant focus of teaching and coaching, no matter what level or position an employee is in.


Our people come first. Focus on their needs and they will take care of quality, service, and customer needs.


Never commit to anything without follow through (it starts at the top).


Don't accept something because that is the way it has always been done. Challenge the company, as well as yourself, to change and improve. Suggest a better way.


Make decisions and grow from mistakes.


Find solutions, not fault. Long-term relationships with employees, customers and suppliers are essential to our success. Communication is the key.


If you are not enjoying yourself and having fun - determine the reason. Make every attempt to change what you can. Give us the opportunity to change what we can. If this fails, make a change.


We place the utmost value on your well-being. No job is so important that we should not take the time to perform the work safely.

With PEOPLE as our first Core Value, it is our priority to invest in them – our most valuable asset.  We offer a wide array of benefits to help our employees and their families live their best lives.  We offer a competitive suite of benefits including multiple health plan options to choose from, a focus on wellness and 401(k) retirement plan with generous match.  We include paid time off including vacation, holidays, personal days, sick, disability and baby bonding.  We also offer unique perks to our employees including weekly pay, daily vacation overtime averaging, uniforms, work boot programs, apprentice tool programs, discount programs and our own giving program called our Sunstate Foundation.

Our people come first. Focus on their needs and they will take care of quality, service and customer needs. - Sunstate Core Value - People

Create your own career path at Sunstate Equipment! Our philosophy to promote from within provides employees with the opportunity to work their way up through the Sunstate ranks. We are proud of the fact that many of our Operations Managers started their Sunstate careers at Entry Level positions.

At Sunstate Equipment, the training and ongoing personal development of our employees is paramount to ensure our customers receive the best service in the construction rental equipment industry.

Online Training

Sunstate provides e-learning training courses to all employees. Our online university is designed to provide job-specific training as well as information that is essential to all positions.

Management Training

All Operations Managers and Managers-in-Training participate in Sunstate's Management Development Program.

This fine tunes the skills needed to coach a team and handle the extensive responsibilities of operating a successful business.

Sales Training

Sunstate's Sales Development Program outfits our Outside Sales Representatives with the skills necessary to grow and develop their territories through building effective business relationships.

Inside Sales Training

All Inside Sales Employees begin their training and education by working through an on-the-job training program at their branch.

Mechanic Tech

To ensure excellence in construction equipment maintenance that sets the industry benchmark, Sunstate hosts service schools where equipment manufacturers provide technical training for our mechanics.

Through the years, Sunstate has been the recipient of many awards and has been recognized by community and industry related groups. In recent years these included:

Best Practices Award by Suggestion System Development.

Sunstate was recognized by RER (Rental Equipment Register) as the largest privately held rental company in the United States.

Ranking Arizona’s Platinum Hall Fame.

Mike Watts was inducted in the American Rental Association Hall of Fame.

Sunstate Equipment Co. was ranked #1 in our category by Ranking Arizona, in addition to being an IMPACT award nominee and a finalist for the Industry Leaders of Arizona Award.

Sunstate Equipment was just named the #1 Construction Rental Company by Ranking Arizona. In fact, Sunstate has been ranked #1 sixteen times since 1999. In addition, Ranking Arizona listed Sunstate Equipment as one of the best places to work. We are very proud of this honor because from our start in 1977, we have always believed that great employees are the key to our success.

Sunstate Equipment has been named a 2016 Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites recognition program. The award distinguishes employers who champion the health and fitness of their employees by creating a culture of physical activity and health and wellness in the workplace.

The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change. Worksites across the country are recognized for making the health and wellness of employees a priority. The American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life.” initiative recognizes employers for:

  • Offering employees physical activity support
  • Providing and increasing healthy eating options at the worksite
  • Promoting a wellness culture
  • Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture

The Sunstate Equipment Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charitable foundation, was recently formed as a way for Sunstate Equipment and its employees to give back to the communities in which they live and work.

The Foundation will receive half of its funding through voluntary employee contributions; with Sunstate matching those employee contributions, dollar for dollar. Employees can “sponsor” grant requests from their local communities, and funds donated or raised by Sunstate employees in their respective regions will stay in their region. This is designed to give Sunstate employees a greater impact on local charities with which they may be involved.

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    Sunstate is a very good company to work for! Everybody including upper management makes you feel like family! I also love how everyones one job is equally important and everyone is treated with the same respect wether you are at the bottom or the top! I highly recommend joining the team!!


    There are no cons working here!

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to keep up the great work and keep listening to your employees advice.

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Sunstate Equipment (Phoenix, AZ) in January 2019.


    Apply online, they will call you if you qualify for the position. Then you do an in person interview with bosses (who are friendly). After they will call you later to tell you if you are a candidate for hire.

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Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Fair Chance Pledge

Maintain hiring/training programs for those with criminal records as an opportunity for a second chance

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