When it comes to rental, Boels is one of Europe’s major success stories. Established with one branch in 1977 by Pierre Boels Sr., the company is now one of the fastest growing and leading rental companies in Europe. Based in the Netherlands, Boels employs over 2,000 people and has more than 300 depots in nine European countries - the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Italy. In July 2008 Boels acquired the rental business of Belgian Bobcat dealer Vangaever, including both its CAT-Rent operation and its sister company BCL. At the same time Boels announced the acquisition of Netherlands party and events rental company, diff'Rent, one of the top five party and events rental specialists in the Netherlands.