September 1, 2017
New Members

Distributor: Battcom Inc; Grandville, MI

Mfg-Supplier/Associate: Fleetmatics, a Verizon Company, Charlotte, NC; Minuteman International, Pingree Grove, ILUnited Material Handling, Inc., Perris, CA


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

3 NEW Display Choices for the 2018 Exhibitor Showcase
10’ x 10’ Premium Booth     l     10’ x 10’ Standard Booth     l     6’ Tabletop Pavilion
How to Reserve a Booth or Table
On September 12, 2017: Complete the online Booth Request Form located on MHEDA's homepage and submit to MHEDA. Forms are time stamped and booth preference is given in order of form submission. (Request Form will be available at 10:00a.m. CT on September 12)
On September 13, 2017:  A MHEDA staff person will call each company that responded in the order they were received to confirm a booth location.

As residents of Texas continue to struggle after the devastation that has been caused by Hurricane Harvey, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has been in close contact with MHEDA and other organizations helping with the relief efforts in Texas including FEMA, National Voluntary Organizations and the Red Cross.


At this time it is suggested that anyone wanting to aid in the relief efforts is urged to donate and volunteer responsibly so as not to consume supply chain capacity with items that are not needed. ALAN anticipates there will be additional not yet identified needs for warehouse space, transportation, and material handling equipment. These requests may take several days to a week to surface as damage assessments are completed and local resources are exhausted. If you’d like to offer your services in advance please contact Kathy Fulton at ALAN, 863.668.4238,


To offer product donations, please submit to National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.  Cash donations to reputable non-profit organizations allow them to purchase exactly what is needed in the right configurations and quantities, and to help restart the local economy. 


The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help provide immediate relief. They have already set up a way to donate to victims with a simple text. Text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also visit or call 1- 800-RED CROSS. 


We will continue to collect information and update you as soon as we receive needs of material handling equipment. 

MHEDA is founding member of ALAN. 

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

  • Supplier MVS Awardee - Clark Material Handling Company, Lexington, KY has earned the 2018 MVS Award. Said Scott Johnson, VP of Sales & Marketing, “CLARK is very honored and pleased to join the many great organizations that have received this award from MHEDA. This reflects CLARK’s continued efforts to support and participate in the material handling industry as a whole. Many of our Dealer partners are MHEDA members and those that actively participate in MHEDA programs and best practices are successful. The value that MHEDA brings its members goes beyond solid financial performance, it (MHEDA) makes dealerships stronger in all aspects of their business."

Linda Anlauf promoted to Director of Inside Sales at WPRP Wholesale Pallet Rack Products, a nationwide wholesale distributor of pallet rack, wire deck and accessories. Linda’s experience over the past 14 years working for a pallet rack manufacturer as well as a material handling supplier gives her a well rounded understanding of the material handling industry. Linda is a member of the Pacesetters MHEDA-NET group, has participated in three MHEDA panel presentations at ProMat, Modex and Convention, and is a member of the first Women in Industry MHEDA-NET group where she participates as a Mentor for other material handling professionals. Linda is passionate about sharing knowledge through educational programs such as WPRP’s Would You Like Fries with That video series and staying in touch with the industry through social media.

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) and and Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., celebrated the successful grand opening of a new joint venture, Industrial Components of Texas, LLC (ICOTEX®). Located at 3479 Pollok Dr. in Conroe, Texas, ICOTEX’s new 71,000-square-foot facility will manufacture industrial components.

B&B attachments Ltd, is delighted to announce the appointment of John O’Boyle as its Business Development Manager. John has an impressive background within the attachment industry. He has built up extensive product and application knowledge and gained a vast amount of experience throughout his career. His previous roles include Service Manager and Technical Manager positions within the forklift truck attachment industry.

Volvo Car US Operations, Inc. hosted an unveiling event for their first forklift delivery from KION North America. In January, KION North America announced an agreement with the global automotive manufacturer to supply the material handling equipment for the company’s first American factory located in Berkeley County, South Carolina.

Coinciding with the 4th National Forklift Safety Day (NFSD), UniCarriers Americas President and past NFSD Chairman James J. Radous III visited legislators in Washington to discuss the critical impact forklifts have on commerce and the importance of creating more Illinois jobs.

Vanessa Hinrichs, a student at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, is the recipient of the 2017 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship, funded by Dorner Mfg. Corp.

TVH in the Americas (TVH) hosted a Summer Splash Event at the Lake County Boys & Girls Club with the TVHCares program in early August. The day included a variety of fun activities including games of Twister, capture the flag, sponge launch, water balloon dodgeball and more.

Avoid Lost Time if Something Falls
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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.

Gain a timely snapshot of the economy today, where it is headed over the next three years and what it means to your business. Presented by Alex Chausovsky, Senior Analyst at ITR Economics

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.

Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Noblelift North America Corp.

By Steve Guglielmo

Every year in the 4th Quarter Issue of the magazine, MHEDA’s Critical Impact Factors for the next year are published. This is an exciting time for me, not because I’m actively working in the industry, but because they really determine the entire road map for the next year for MHEDA. Educational events are planned around them. The editorial plan for the magazine is based around them. I plan my interview questions for the next issue, which is the Economic Forecast issue, around them. It’s cool to see what everybody is going to be talking about.

Sales Success Story

A mattress manufacturer in South Carolina was moving into a new warehouse and needed help with the planning and design of the storage inside the new facility. The company called CMH Services Territory Sales Manager Chad Bouknight who they had worked with for years. Chad began working with Bill Elliott, Engineered Systems Manager for CMH Services, to begin putting together a design.

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: 

  • Lakeside Manufacturing, Inc.  Member Since 2011
    Lakeside offer a diverse product line that transports, stores, heats, cools, serves, dispenses, organizes, displays and merchandises. Lakeside is continually engineering new products and updating existing products to stay in tune with industry trends and our customers’ unique needs. As a quality-driven manufacturer, we produce our products right here in the USA.
    Visit their website at
  • BOSTONtec, Inc. Member Since 2014
    With more than 20 years of engineering and manufacturing experience, BOSTONtec is a leader in ergonomic workstations and custom solutions. BOSTONtec focus on creating quality, affordable designs that can be customized to fit your application.
    Visit their website at

Mark your calendar to join MHEDA on October 19 for a one-day Regional Networking Summit hosted by MHEDA Member, Concept Storage Solutions in Vaughan (Toronto area) Canada. The Summit includes: Breakfast, Business Workshop, Member Panel Discussion, Lunch, Guided Facility Tour, Happy Hour, Interactive Networking, and Raffle Prizes. More information will be available soon. Questions? Contact Rebecca Hein at 847.680.3500 or

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.

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.

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.