September 15, 2017
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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.

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Due to the hurricanes impacting both Florida and Texas, MHEDA postponed the 2018 Exhibitor Showcase booth sales by one week. The NEW dates are as follows: 

September 19 - Online Reservations Form Available at 10:00 am CT
September 20 - MHEDA Staff will call interested exhibitors.

We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time impacting many MHEDA Members. If you have any questions, please contact the MHEDA office at 847-680-3500 or email

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MHEDA hosted two conferences in Chicago on September 14. The Parts & Service Conference and the inaugural Engineered Systems and Storage & Handling Conference. These two exciting conferences features a who’s who of industry veterans addressing all kinds of common business issues and challenges, including: Aftermarket Sales and Marketing, Key Metrics for Parts & Service, Safety, Project Management as a Competitive Advantage, Engineering after a sale is made. Each conference also had a Member Panel Discussion, and a General Session entitled “It’s No Joke! Improv for Leaders.” In addition to the educational opportunities, attendees also convened for roundtable discussions and networking with likeminded professionals. Afterwards, attendees came together for a group dinner at Gibsons Steakhouse.

You ​are ​invited ​to ​join ​the ​U.S. ​Chamber ​of ​Commerce ​Foundation ​for ​America ​Working ​Forward, ​a ​premier ​national ​workforce ​conference ​that ​will ​showcase ​employer-led ​solutions ​to ​closing ​the ​skills ​gap—solutions ​that ​are ​benefiting ​workers, ​companies, ​and ​the ​communities ​where ​they ​live ​and ​grow on Monday, October 16, 2017 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)  in Washington, DC.

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

Daifuku/Wynright announced that on October 1, 2017, Bryan Duncan will transition from the Daifuku/Wynright East Solution Team to the position of Senior Account Executive, responsible for Sales to Integrator Partners in the Mountain and Western Sales Regions.

MHEDA Congratulates MVS Awardee Worldwide Material Handling Products, LLC on earning their 3rd MVS Award. Worldwide has demonstrated a high level of commitment to their dealers, employees, community and to MHEDA. “We are honored once again to receive the MVS Award for our 3rd consecutive year,” said Vic Kedaitis, President & CEO of Worldwide. “It’s only due to the efforts and dedication of our incredible staff that Worldwide can be recognized for this honor, as this award really belongs to them and they have earned it well. My appreciation also goes out to MHEDA for providing us the opportunity to serve and support the absolute best distributors in the industry. It’s just great to be a part of that.”

After the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey to the people of Southeast Texas, Hannibal Industries is grateful to announce that their Houston, Texas Hannibal South facility was fully operational again on September 5.

Komatsu America Corp. announced plans to provide a $250,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross, to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Komatsu America will also match, dollar-for-dollar, all contributions made by Komatsu America Corp. (KAC) and subsidiary-company employees. Subsidiary companies include Komatsu Financial, Komatsu Mining Corp., Modular Mining Systems, Inc., Hensley Industries, Inc., NTC America Corp., Komatsu America Industries, LLC, Gigaphoton USA, Komatsu Forklift USA, Komatsu Equipment Company, Komatsu SouthWest, F&M Equipment, Ltd., Komatsu do Brasil Ltda., Komatsu Cummins Chile Arrienda S.A. and Komatsu Holding South America Ltda.

Riekes Equipment is pleased to announce that Christine Hunt has joined the Omaha-based business as Director of Operations. In her new position, Hunt will provide leadership for the Parts and Service Teams across all six Riekes locations and is responsible for the planning and execution of a service strategy that positions Riekes for continued growth.

Flight Systems Industrial Products (FSIP) located in Carlisle, PA is pleased to announce that it has acquired ARS Solutions, LLC located at 80 S Fairbank Street in Addison, Illinois.

Attracted by its dedication to creating jobs in Illinois and the premise of essential people creating essential products, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) visited UniCarriers Americas on August 21st. Senator Durbin toured the manufacturers facility, met with senior staff, and gave a company-wide address followed by a townhall Q&A

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MHEDA Education

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

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

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.

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.

Hangcha Group China
Bolzoni Auramo, Inc.
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: 

  • Rack Builders, Inc. - Member since 2014
    Rack Builders Inc. designs and manufactures Structural pallet racking solutions to suit the wide scope of needs and distributors, product manufactures and warehousing professionals have. Utilizing our damage-resistant cornerstone base, robust anchoring and bolting solutions, and unique connection types, RBI has the solution to any warehousing difficulties. Rack Builders has as an industry exclusive seven deep push racking system that can increase productivity and reduce damage to a large percentage of racking, ensuring that our pallet racking systems will withstand the test of time while not sacrificing pallet positions.
    Visit their website at
  • Ambaflex Inc - Member since 2015
    Manufacture of Spiral Conveyor. Our SpiralVeyor® is used in a wide range of markets and applications for vertical transportation, temporary storage and the accumulation of single goods and packed products. We are an independent global company that has developed, produces and also maintains the SpiralVeyor® system to ensure that our customers receive the most cost effective solutions available today. Users all over the world already appreciate the level of quality we deliver and our proven experience in their markets. To maintain this leading and trendsetting position, we continuously invest in product innovation and the development of functional solutions in close cooperation with our customers.
    Visit their website at

Mark Your Calendar! May 5 - 9, 2018 - for MHEDA's Convention and Exhibitor Showcase at the 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.

Advertise in the 2018 MHEDA Membership Directory and promote your products and 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 April 2018 MHEDA Magazine and one Newsletter.
  • 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.