November 1, 2017

MHEDA has identified critical impact factors that are likely to affect the future of the material handling industry. This episode focuses on how material handling operations can use telematics to improve their efficiency and reduce operating costs. For more information about this important topic, check out MHEDA TV's latest video by clicking here.

It’s a terrifying prospect, but it happens to people like you and me— every single day. And unfortunately, thieves have most of the information they need to ruin your life. It’s not your fault— many of the systems that we rely on for financial and personal security have holes in them that are pretty easy to exploit. Watch the latest Sileo on Security Video on MHEDA-TV by clicking here.

Featured Articles

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.

MHEDA hosted its first ever Canadian Regional Networking Summit on October 19 at Concept Storage Solutions in Vaughan, Ontario. The event included a workshop on social media ROI, a thought-provoking member panel presentation on MHEDA's 2018 "Critical Impact Factors" and how they will impact Canadian material handling businesses, and roundtable discussions. The event also had an optional guided tour of Concept Storage Solutions and a MHEDA Gives Back Event where MHEDA collected Matchbox Cars, Books and monetary donations to donate to the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Thank you to all who attended and thank you to Concept Storage Solutions for hosting and 3D Storage Systems Limited for sponsoring!

Every year in the 1st Quarter Issue of The MHEDA Journal we run Economic Forecasts based on information provided to us by MHEDA Distributors and Suppliers. These responses provide a roadmap of what to expect in the year ahead. The more members who participate, the clearer that picture becomes. In the coming days, MHEDA Distributors will receive an email from Steve Guglielmo with a survey attached. MHEDA Suppliers will receive an email from Mary Lou Jay. The links to these surveys are also available here: Distributor Survey and Supplier Survey.

Thank you so much for your input on this important topic.



MHEDA is pleased to announce the hiring of Katie Richards, Business Development Representative effective November 1, 2017. Richards graduated Cum Laude from Bradley University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and concentration in Professional Sales. After graduation, Richards was employed by Yelp in Scottsdale and Chicago and in addition to her sales responsibilities at Yelp, qualified and participated in a Leadership Development Program. While a student at Bradley, Richards worked for Signature Marketing as a promoter and was an intern in the material handling industry working for Associated (MHEDA member) located in Addison, IL and as a Research Intern for MHI, MHEDA and the Material Handling Education Foundation.

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

MHEDA would like to congratulate the following members who have been awarded the 2018 MVP Award. They have demonstrated a high level of commitment to their customers, suppliers, employees and to MHEDA.

Distributor MVP Awardees -

  • Concept Storage Solutions, Ltd. Vaughan, ON Canada (1st year MVP Award)
    “We are very proud of this award and to be part of this elite group of industry leading companies”
    Pete Roell,
    President.  Visit Website
  • Dura Serve (formerly known as Southern Acquisitions) Farmers Branch, TX (5th consecutive year MVP Award). Visit Website

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.

  • Thombert, Inc., Newton, IA (3 years MVS) Visit website
  • TVH, Olathe, KS (3 years MVS) Visit website
    “TVH is honored to receive MHEDA’s MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) award,” said Els Thermote, CEO of TVH. “This award affirms our commitment to delivering the highest quality parts while providing a customer experience that is second to none. All of us at TVH believe that together we can do great things, and this award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees.”
  • Wildeck, Inc., Waukesha, WI (2 years MVS) Visit website
    “It is with great pride that Wildeck has received MHEDA’s 2018 Most Valuable Supplier Award. We are grateful to work with our dedicated dealer partners, systems-integrators, and end-users throughout the country. The employee owners of Wildeck truly deserve this honor as they are committed to helping our customers’ projects run smoothly every day.” Greg Larson, President of Wildeck

Associated has been recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ Largest Privately Held on their 2017 list. Tim Combs, President/CEO of Associated said, “We strive to satisfy the needs of our customers and look forward to the continued growth and development of our organization that will put us in an even better position to do so. Over the years, our success has been driven by our employee’s efforts which have earned our customer’s loyalty and dedication. We are honored to be recognized on this list with other companies in the Chicagoland area”.

Span Tech LLC®, a global manufacturer of custom built plastic chain conveyor systems, has opened a new Sales & Service center and testing facility in Waukesha, WI. Bud Layne, CEO believes the expansion is very beneficial in creating better partnerships with our clients. “We want to provide a complete testing facility where our customers can come in and test ideas.”

Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, has announced the next step in the integration of Egemin Automation and NDC Automation with Dematic by consolidating the brands into a single global Dematic brand.

Forklift dealer MH Equipment has been appointed as a dealer for Combilift. "The products from Combilift are recognised for their application innovation as well as for productivity, durability and quality, which well supports MH’s commitment to provide its customers innovative solutions and unparalleled value while striving to be a good steward of resources," says MH Equipment president Fred Metzger.

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MHEDA Education

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.

What's the US and global economy going to do in 2018? MHEDA’s "2018 Economic Outlook" webinar is now available to order on-demand for only $99 per company.

Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Noblelift North America Corp.

By LIz Richards

It’s amazing to reflect on how quickly the year has flown by and how the “winds of change” have picked up speed more than ever. It has been a busy but also tumultuous year given all that’s happening in our industry and the world around us. We hope you pay close attention to the 2018 Critical Impact Factors (page 33) and enlist your key managers and stakeholders in determining how to best address these important trends in the context of your own organization and your vision for the future.

Custom Slave Pallets – Are They Beneficial?
Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC
Custom-made slave pallets make transportation of products easier throughout the building. They are incredibly easy to use and can feature hand holes to ensure that relocation isn't a challenge. Slave pallets can contain recessed barcode notches on the edges, thus helping to immediately identify a product. Did you know that Cornerstone Specialty Wood products, your ResinDek flooring resource, can assist you with custom-made slave pallets?
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Sales Success Story

Lean practices are a priority at the Ossur facility in New Jersey, where employees assemble and distribute approximately 800 packages of cervical collars a day. Cervical collars have become one of Ossur’s most successful product lines. To meet customer demands and remain cost-competitive, operations managers must continuously implement strategies that increase productivity and eliminate waste within the supply chain.

Hangcha Group China
Bolzoni Auramo, Inc.
MHEDA Online

By Linda Larsen, CSP, CPAE

Most writers would tell you that the hardest part of writing is actually getting started, and I am no exception. When I have a deadline and absolutely have to write an article, it’s astonishing to me how many chores I can think of that absolutely, positively HAVE to be done right then. And since my office is in my home, I am constantly surrounded by projects that scream to be done immediately! Like dusting the tops of the ceiling fans, or wall-papering the bathroom, or painting my dog’s toenails. You think I’m kidding. I wish I was…

News From MHEDA

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: 

  • Caliper - Member since 1990
    Caliper is an employee-assessment and talent-management-solutions company that helps businesses align talent with strategy; hire better people faster; and develop leaders, teams, and mission-critical employees. Caliper is uniquely positioned to help companies reduce the risk of bad hiring decisions, build high performing teams, and engage, develop, and retain their employees.
    Visit their website at
  • Material Handling Network - Member since 1990
    Publishers of Material Handling Network and bi-annual Directory of Material Handling-circulated to wholesalers, dealers and manufacturers in the material handling industry. Your comprehensive resource for material handling news, new and used equipment, products and services.
    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.

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.

Lapeyre Stair, Inc.