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Kemper Industrial Equipment and Midwest Pottyhouse is a second-generation family business that began in 1963. Keith and Virginia Kemper first started providing barricades, cones, highway weed spraying and other services to municipalities all over Central Illinois. With the addition of renting portable toilets, the business quickly evolved over the years, at various points even dealing in renting and selling John Deere and Bobcat equipment.

Rent-a-potty became a major focus around 1970. Not long after that came aerial reach equipment, beginning with scissor lifts. In 2006, our current CEO, Scott Kemper, added a second Pottyhouse rental location in Carbondale.


Today, our main focus is on renting equipment for aerial, dirt and other construction work, as well as portable toilet rentals. We never tire of improvement and innovation in business and products—always offering the best and the newest at affordable prices with fast, expert service.

Some of our satisfied customers include:
-Feutz Contractors
-The Hill Group (Hill Mechanical)
-Parkland College
-Pepper Construction
-University of Illinois
-Municipalities of Mahomet, Rantoul, Bloomington, Danville, St. Joe, Paxton, Arcola, Arthur, Tuscola, Le Roy, Downs, Farmer City and more

Community Centered

Though we’ve come a long way since traffic cones, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to the community.

We have donated funds and services to causes such as:
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
Boy Scouts of America
Champaign Centennial Athletics
Champaign County YMCA
Champaign Unit 4 Schools
Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club
National Kidney Foundation
Special Olympics
University of Illinois