November 15, 2017

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Throughout 2017, MHEDA TV will be producing a series of videos focused on the different segments of MHEDA’s material handling business trends. This episode concentrates on employees, with a focus on list items 1. And 14. Learn more about this topic 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.

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. The links to these surveys are available here: Distributor Survey and Supplier Survey.

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

Over 100 women gathered in downtown Chicago on November 2 at theWit Hotel for the material handling industry’s first ever “Women in Industry” Conference.


This one-day event provided attendees with the opportunity to network and learn from one another on a variety of topics including leadership, communications, marketing, HR and more. Event attendees also enjoyed participating in roundtable discussions and hearing from a panel of their peers.


Many attendees brought items of clothing to donate to “Dress for Success” an organization that helps women in need re-enter the workplace. MHEDA is planning another Women in Industry Conference for the Fall of 2018. Date and details will be available soon.

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.

  • All Lift Service Company - Willoughby, OH (4th year MVP Award)
  • Elite Supply Chain Solutions - Hudson, OH (5th year MVP Award)
    “We are honored to have earned our 5th consecutive MHEDA MVP honor.  Keeping focus on the criteria of MVP throughout the year provides direction and a roadmap for our organization to continually strive for improvement and excellence.”  Scott Hennie, President
  • Fairchild Equipment - Green Bay, WI (4th year MVP Award)
    “Materials handling, storage and handling, and systems integrations businesses are all in a much better situation today because of the many programs, countless resources, and strong advocacy of MHEDA. There are hundreds of great member companies and to be considered one of the best, is a true honor” Van Clarkson, President
  • Mid Atlantic Industrial Equipment LTD - York, PA (1st year MVP Award)
  • Riekes Equipment Company - Omaha, NE (8th year MVP Award)

MHEDA would like to congratulate the following members who have been awarded the 2018 MVS Award.

  • Autoquip Corporation – Guthrie, OK  (3rd year MVS Award)
    “We appreciate the recognition and being involved in MHEDA.  A great organization which Autoquip is proud to be a part of. “Louis Coleman, Dir of Sales & Marketing, Autoquip Corporation
  • Steele Solutions - Franklin, WI (3rd year MVS Award)
    “Steele Solutions is honored to receive the MHEDA MVS award for the 3rd consecutive year. MHEDA members are the gold standard of distributors in the material handling industry and this award validates Steele Solutions commitment to mutually beneficial partnerships with MHEDA distributors.” Kevin O'Neill, President, Steele Solutions

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA), the provider of Jungheinrich® lift trucks and narrow-aisle products in the United States, Canada and Mexico, announced the start of the 2017-2018 Jungheinrich Driving Innovation Roadshow. The 56 ft. branded trailer left Houston and is ready for a cross-country trip along the Gulf Coast, up the Eastern seaboard to New England and Canada, and onto the Midwest before heading to the West Coast and back home to Texas.

Noblelift North America had its first ever dealer meeting November 2nd at their distribution center in Des Plaines, Illinois. This was the first chance the dealers had to meet each other and the first time many have seen the Noblelift facility.

Wesley International welcomes Richie Neal as the new Director of Dealer Development for Pack Mule. Richie comes to the company from Carolina Handling, LLC, and brings with him an excellent reputation and successful track record within the industry. Richie has over a decade of experience working for and with heavy equipment dealers. From developing individual business relationships as a sales rep to handling corporate rentals and asset management, Richie’s unique perspective and understanding of the industry is reflected in his effective recommendations and cost saving solutions.

From growing fulfillment requirements to labor challenges, today’s operations face a variety of external pressures and require versatile, reliable solutions to get the job done. Plant Engineering recognizes the Yale® GP040-060MX as such a solution, naming it a finalist for its annual Product of the Year awards in the materials handling systems category. From manufacturing to retail and distribution, the MX combines productivity, operator comfort, dependability, simple service and low total cost of operation into a best-fit package.

Avoid Lost Time if Something Falls
Imagine this scenario in your warehouse: an employee is walking alongside an active walkway behind a large pallet rack filled with inventory. Then someone from the maintenance area accidentally pushes inventory through the pallet rack and causes an injury. This is something that can easily and affordably be prevented with WireCrafters RackBack® safety panels.
MHEDA Education

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.

Registration is Now Open! The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. 2018 marks the 25th year that UID has been serving the supply chain. UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University.

MHEDA’s 2018 educational programming will focus on the 2018 Material Handling Business Trends as outlined in MHEDA's 2018 Critical Impact Factors. Watch your mail and emails for topics and dates.

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.

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

“The profitability of our business is very heavily dependent upon our service department,” says Liftech CFO Mike Vaughan. “It’s half of our employees. And with the way our industry has transitioned, a lot of the equipment is the same. The only way you can differentiate yourself with customers is through your service department. It’s a really critical department in our business and our industry.”

Hangcha Group China
Bolzoni Auramo, Inc.
MHEDA Online

Advanced Equipment Company’s pillars of business will continue, even under new leadership
By Steve Guglielmo

Advanced Equipment Company (Charlotte, NC) is preparing for a major transition on January 1, 2018. That is the day that President Daryle Ogburn will officially retire from the company where he has worked for the last 39 years. Darin Boik, an account manager at AEC, will take over as President on that day. Like everything that AEC does, this was not a move made in haste. It was well thought out and strategically planned. There was a two year transition plan put in place to ensure that things continued to operate smoothly and that Darin and Brad Pearson, who was hired to take over Darin’s territory, were adequately prepared for their new roles.

News From MHEDA

If you’re looking to futureproof your supply chain, MODEX is the place to do it. At MODEX 2018, you’ll find 850+ exhibits and 100+ education sessions tailored to help you discover equipment and system solutions for your material handling and supply chain needs. With keynotes, networking, education, and product booths, MODEX 2018 is where you’ll find the best solutions to make sure your supply chain is positioned to meet your future business needs. Visit today and join us April 9-12, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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.

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: 

  • Forkliftaction Media - MHEDA Member since 2016
    Forkliftaction news has grown to be the only global online service for the independent news about materials handling and forklifts. All news editions are written by dedicated journalists and have an editorial format. Forkliftaction has become an effective advertising platform for businesses seeking to target a large and focused business audience. Every news edition has a dedicated column, separate from the news columns, with announcements from our advertisers. These are paid B2B advertorials.
    Visit their website at
  • Material Handling Wholesaler - MHEDA Member since 1991
    MHW has been serving the industry for over 35 years as the industry's premier 'buy and sell" forum. Our mission is to provide our readers with the finest and up-to-date industry news, supplier and parts contacts using our exclusive Source Directory and business related services. Wholesaler Weekly is a weekly e-newsletter that contains late breaking material handling news, classified advertising and industry links. Wholesaler Digital is a monthly e-newsletter that contains the digital issue of Material Handling Wholesaler and material handling products.
    Visit their website at
Lapeyre Stair, Inc.