August 15, 2017
New Members

Mfg.-Supplier/Associate: Alfacon Solutions, LLC, Orangeville, ON Canada; Fix Your Lift, Glendale, MO


MHEDA and MHI are proud to present the 2017 Women in Industry Conference. Don’t miss out on this chance to enhance your career with engaging workshops, innovative leadership techniques, and great networking opportunities. To learn more about the Women in Industry Conference, check out MHEDA TV's latest video by clicking here.

Featured Articles

The Third Quarter Issue of The MHEDA Journal is online now. The 3Q issue is the "Celebrating Success" issue of the magazine, where MHEDA members who are celebrating milestone anniversaries or who have been recognized as top dealers by their manufacturers are recognized. All of this and much more in the 3rd Quarter Issue of The MHEDA Journal. Read the full issue by clicking here

East Penn Manufacturing Co.,
RICO Equipment, Inc.
Member News

MHEDA's Summer Regional Networking Summit was held on Wednesday, August 2 at Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc. in Columbus, Indiana. MHEDA would like to thank Brett Wood and Shelley Bramlett and the entire Toyota Material Handling team for opening up your factory to host and sponsor this event.

MHEDA would like to congratulate the following member recipients of the 2018  MVP and MVS Award. Each have demonstrated a high level of commitment to their dealers, employees, community and to MHEDA.

Distributor MVP Awardee

  • Eastern Lift Truck Co, Inc., Maple Shade, NJ has earned their 6th consecutive MVP Award. Dan Pruitt, Eastern Lift Truck president, said “This is a very prestigious award and I am excited to share the good news with my co-workers, vendors and customers” upon earning the award.

Supplier MVS Awardee

  • Vestil Manufacturing Company, Angola, IN has earned the 2018 MVS Award. Said Jeff Stanner, Director of Sales, “Vestil Manufacturing is proud of its partnership with MHEDA!”

TVH in the America’s (TVH) announced that Antonio Velez has been promoted to General Manger for TVH Parts Mexico. Antonio joined TVH in March of 2016 as the Operations, Technical Information Services and Human Resources manager. In his new role of General Manager, he will be responsible for Sales and Operations for the Mexico location.

KION North America Corporation announces the appointment of Bravo Montacargas to its dealer network effective immediately. “We are committed to significantly increase our footprint and become a major provider of industrial truck solutions in this region,” said Gordon Riske, CEO of KION Group. “The addition of Bravo Montacargas is a substantial step towards achieving this goal.”

Advance Storage Products is proud to announce and welcome Ingo Dohrendorf as National Accounts Manager. Ingo brings with him 20 years of experience in the materials handling industry, most recently with Engineered Products, and will be providing pallet rack system solutions to customers nationwide Ingo holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University.

"Electro Mechanical Services Ltd. is a family business founded in 1976. Since their founding, they have been committed to providing excellent support to the communities they serve.", comments Dale Guckian, CLARK's Director of Dealer Development.

Hänel Storage Systems has been named as a Tech 50 Awards Finalist by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in the Manufacturing Innovator of the Year category.

MHEDA Education

Parts and Service Management Conference
Engineered Systems/Storage & Handling Conference

Same Date, Same Location, Two Customized Events Serving Different Industry Segments. Join MHEDA on September 14 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare for two new conferences designed for different segments of the material handling industry: Industrial Truck, Engineered Systems, Storage and Handling.

The sales profession has always been changing…but current conditions often make even the seasoned pro feel powerless. The customer seems to have almost unlimited options while the salesperson sees an often diminishing customer base.

MHEDA and MHI are partnering to present the first ever Women in Industry Conference on November 2, 2017 at theWit hotel in Chicago. This dynamic and interactive learning and networking opportunity is designed for women who want to fire up their leadership and communications skills, connect with other women in the industry and maximize the multiple learning opportunities offered in one-action packed day.


MHEDA offers an online self-study learning management system (LMS) to provide you with affordable education in one convenient location. MHEDA’s LMS includes: Eleven career tracks, archived webinars, conference videos and modules. Also included is general business and soft skills video courses to supplement our industry-specific training. It's affordable training for any budget. Price ranges from $20 to $399.

Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Bolzoni Auramo, Inc.

By Joe Gerstand

How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the best-selling self-help books of all time. Written by Dale Carnegie and published in 1936, the book has sold over 30 million copies, has been translated into dozens of languages, and is still frequently named to most influential book lists.

Sales Success Story

The nation’s network of frozen and refrigerated distribution centers forms a logistical supply chain that is vital to our food safety. Yet because of the high operational costs of freezing or cooling pallets of product within confined areas, every square inch of storage and every movement of product must be efficient. A challenge occurs, however, when frozen storage must be expanded across an irregular landscape that makes traditional, space-efficient, rectangular warehousing impossible.

Hangcha Group China
MHEDA Online

MHEDA is proud to recognize its members who have been identified by their manufacturers and suppliers as dealers of distinction. MHEDA distributors are routinely ranked among the best in the world. The MHEDA-endorsed service partner programs, education and networking opportunities, publications and more that the association offers are valuable resources for material handling distributors. With MHEDA’s resources at their disposal, these already great distributors have become even better. The 2016 award winners are listed below. (This list reflects the manufacturer lists we had received as of press time. MHEDA members are bolded.) Congratulations to the honorees!

News From MHEDA

MHEDA’s annual MVP and MVS Award programs are a tangible way for member companies to demonstrate their commitment to business excellence. Using the MVP or MVS logo on your marketing material helps set you apart and is recognized throughout the industry. For more information on the 2018 Awards or to begin your application, go to: MVP Award or MVS Award.

Featuring MHEDA members who advertise in the Annual Membership Directory. Buying equipment and services from a MHEDA member assures that you are buying from one of the best! This week we thank: 

  • Tennsco Corp - Member since 2008
    Manufacturer of Quality Steel Storage Products, including Boltless Rivet Shelving, Industrial Clip Shelving, Bulk Storage Rack, Steel Lockers, Storage Cabinets, Shop Equipment, Office Storage Products and High-Density Mobile Storage Solutions.
    Visit their website
  • Lift Products, Inc. - Member since 2014
    Manufacturer of lift tables, lift carts, up enders, electric carts, stackers, pallet trucks, skid lifters, work positioners, and custom designed equipment
    Visit their website at

Mark Your Calendar!

May 5 to May 9, 2018 - Loews Miami Beach Hotel - Miami Beach, Florida

This is MHEDA's premier industry event where hundreds of industry professionals will gather for four days of endless networking and quality education. Click here for a quick overview or call 847-680-3500.

The Booth Reservation Process will begin on September 12. Members who are interested in reserving a booth for the 2018 Exhibitor Showcase in Miami Beach will have to complete an online booth request form and send to MHEDA. The final booth selection process will take place on September 13 when a MHEDA staff member will call each company in the order they were received to confirm a booth loocation.

Note: If you are a first-time 2017 MVS Award recipient, you will be contacted by MHEDA prior to September 12.  Questions? Contact, Cindy Thoren at or 847-680-3500.

Want to network with and learn from women who work in the Material Handling Industry? Be part of MHEDA's Women in Industry Initiative. Mission: To inspire and draw women to the material handling industry by offering resources and a network that foster professional success while furthering the mission of MHEDA.

MHEDA members have the opportunity to promote their products & services for a full year to over 600 member companies. The Membership Directory contains key information on MHEDA Member companies including: Company Name, Location, Key Contacts, and a description of their products and services.

Benefits for Advertisers:

  • Your company’s name will be printed in red bold face drawing extra attention to your company name and advertisement.
  • Advertisers will be recognized in the 2nd quarter MHEDA Magazine and eNewsletter.
  • Advertisers will be featured on a special Advertisers Index page in the Directory listing their company by product category.

For complete details contact LuAnn Alm at or call MHEDA at 847-680-3500.