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2,500 - 5,000 employees  |  13 active jobs  |  Company Website

Overview Rain for Rent started when Charles Lake arrived in Bakersfield, California and began Western Oilfields Supply Company (WOSCO) in 1934. Rain for Rent evolved from that original company and since that time has been a leader in the irrigation, liquid, and solid handling business.

What initially started as a business selling used oilfield equipment has now grown to be an international company. Rain for Rent has offices across the North American continent. The following timeline illustrates highlights and history of Rain for Rent in its first 72 years.

During the Depression in the 1930s WOSCO dealt in used pipe, oilfield products and used boiler tubing. On the manufacturing side, WOSCO manufactured water well casing and clothesline poles in order to survive the hard times. They also handled drill pipe repair and resleeving threaded oilfield tubular products.

In 1936, WOSCO moved to its present location on State Road in Bakersfield.


During the 1940s the oilfields were booming and WOSCO's attentions focused on the thriving agricultural industry that was sweeping California. Irrigation pipe made from 30" pieces of boiler tubing was the company's first agricultural product. Hundreds of thousands were sold.

In 1948, the WOSCO Foundry began to produce its first aluminum couplers.

After World War II, Mr. Lake's sons joined the business full time and began more expansion. International markets for WOSCO products were found and construction and waste water reclamation industries were explored.


By 1969 WOSCO acquired an aluminum tube mill for the manufacturing of six and eight inch aluminum mainline and gated pipe.

The company continued to acquire tube mills to manufacture tubing from 1 1/4 to 12 inch.


In 1977, Lake received the Irrigation Association's Industry Achievement Award for developing the irrigation equipment rental industry. That same year, Lake Company was established to develop wholesale markets for quality irrigation products.

West Side Pump, a growing irrigation and pump company in San Joaquin, California, was acquired by WOSCO in 1979.


In 1980 the company sold its first major drip irrigation system composed of 13 million feet of drip hose.

Crown American, an irrigation and equipment manufacturing plant in Eugene, Oregon, was acquired by WOSCO in 1981.

In 1982, Lake International Irrigation was organized to develop irrigation projects in markets around the world.


In 1991, Land and Marine Tank Service was acquired which launched the company's expansion into the liquid storage tank and rolloff box rental business on a national basis.

During the 1990s, Rain For Rent expanded its industrial business nationally to 51 branch offices. Our product line grew to include liquid storage tanks, pipe, pumps, roll off boxes, separation and filtration equipment. The combination of top notch engineering services, application knowledge and the highest quality equipment in the industry has allowed the company to provide innovative liquid and solids handling solutions that offer customers money-saving opportunities.

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