"In an average month we rent 25 to 30 generators," Canterbury said. "During this storm we've sent out in excess of 60 generators in less than seven days.
"We've utilized four freight carriers and two local electrical contractors to provide delivery and installation. We provide 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week sales, rental and service to these customers."
Canterbury said there was a major difference between the June 29 derecho and superstorm Sandy.
"The derecho was here and now - the storm came, it hit, and people were without power immediately. People had no time to be proactive.
"With Sandy, there was an opportunity for people to be proactive, call in and reserve generators for their business."
Canterbury was asked what he tells his wife when he goes home with the headline news from his day at work. He thought carefully and replied, "The 'Oh, wow!' story is the dedication of my employees when, without power at home themselves, they are willing to stay and work around the clock to help customers get their power back on."
The generators Walker sells, rents and services are bigger than the small portable units some homeowners use. To illustrate the capabilities of its Caterpillar-brand equipment, Walker had a large generator on display Thursday outside of its headquarters in Belle.
"This is a 400-kilowatt generator, trailer mounted," Canterbury said. "It is a multi-voltage machine. It will provide between 120-volt single phase and 480-volt three-phase power. It has a fuel tank capacity to run the machine for 32 hours. It's in a sound-attenuated housing so you can hardly hear it."
The model "is very popular for use in wastewater treatment plants and water pumping stations," Canterbury said.
"It would probably run 40 homes."
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.