January 1, 2018
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Fitness devices collect a substantial amount of private data on your health, exercise and sleep habits. It is important that you are aware of exactly how that data is being shared with marketing, insurance, and health companies before you allow it all to leak away. Check out this Sileo on Security video on MHEDA TV by clicking here.


Did you realize that you can have your credit card company and bank notify you anytime there is activity on your account? This tool makes it very easy to catch fraud before it stings your wallet. Find out more by watching this video on MHEDA TV here.

Want to take your mobile security a step further? Turn on mobile device tracking so that you can see where your phone is if it gets lost or stolen. Your smartphone is a tracking device anyway, so you might as well use the technology to your advantage. Find out how by watching this MHEDA TV video here.

Featured Articles

As we turn the corner on 2017, MHEDA is grateful for your continued support and involvement. Let's make 2018 a successful and prosperous year together! 






Small businesses and individuals are looking to lower their premiums, but the AHP model will have to be significantly strengthened first. A separate bill has been approved by the House Education and the Work Committee to expand AHPs. Hear what ASAE's Chris Vest has to say about restructuring healthcare for associations. Reprinted with permission. Copyright, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, April, 2017, Washington, D.C.


Registrations Now Open!
2018 Convention and Exhibitor Showcase
May 5 - 9, 2018 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel - Miami Beach, Florida.

MHEDA's 2018 Convention and Exhibitor Showcase details are now available online. Technology, Automation and e-commerce are dramatically changing the way material handling companies do business. Are you ready for what’s ahead?

Join us for MHEDA 2018 Convention, What’s Your Vision? featuring dynamic speakers, action oriented presentations and numerous networking forums to help you prepare for the future. 

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He's jolly, jovial and dressed in red, and can teach you something about your work ethic instead! Check out career advice from Santa himself. Eric Tinter, from The Job Network, sheds light on a fictional character who you might not have guessed as your role model this year.




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RICO Equipment, Inc.
Member News

MHEDA would like to congratulate ten members who have been awarded the 2018 MVP Award. Distributors who attain MVP status have demonstrated their commitment to business excellence, professionalism, and good stewardship.
Read the full list of winner below, and hear what they have to say about their achievement.


MHEDA is proud to announce that eleven companies have recieved the 2018 MVS Award. The MVS, Most Valuable Supplier, is an annual recognition program exclusively for MHEDA's Supplier member companies. Achieving the award will give your company a tangible method to brand your excellence in material handling supply chain.
Read the full list of winner below, and hear what they have to say about their achievement. 

To meet the highly specific needs of its freight customers, UniCarriers Americas (UCA) is increasing the number of standard options on its Platinum II®, Nomad® and BX Cushion series lift trucks. Over 21 new options, previously only available as custom orders, will become part of UCA’s inventory, resulting in lead times shortened by over five weeks.

Hy-Tek Material Handling’s Integrated Systems (IS) Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Talarico as Business Development Manager. Talarico joins Integrated Systems’ nationwide team of experienced engineering, sales, logistics, and project management professionals. Based in Greater Cincinnati, Hy-Tek’s Integrated Systems Division has offices in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Talarico’s appointment was announced by Hy-Tek Integrated Systems Division President Tom Mann.

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) raised more than $250,000 in funds to assist Houston-area employees impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The funds were used to assist more than 40 employees, who sustained damage to their homes and vehicles, with many still on the road to recovery.

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

MHEDA’s education calendar has been developed based on the 2018 Material Handling Business Trends. You can look forward to sales, leadership, strategic planning and communications training. The 2018 Calendar is available on MHEDA's website at

Learn how to prevail in price negotiations and how to persist when buyers resist. Webinar focus is managing price-sensitive customers and protecting margins. Presented by Paul Reilly, Reilly Sales Training. 

Dayton, OH - This one-day conference will help you develop skills on how to manage salespeople. We will help you build structure, tools and disciplines into your department. Presented by Don Buttrey, Sales Professional Training, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN -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. 

Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Noblelift North America Corp.

By Steve Guglielmo

At the July Executive Committee Meeting of the MHEDA Board of Directors, the decision was made to rebrand MHEDA’s Critical Impact Factors to “Material Handling Business Trends.” After all, these are emerging trends that will affect the way all of us do business in 2018 and going forward, and the name should adequately reflect that. Many of the trends are specific to our industry but others are trends that transcend business and are reshaping the entire world.

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

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) is the second largest distributor of wine and spirits in the U.S. The company outgrew their current distribution center and built a new 242,500 square foot warehouse in the town of Ashland, Virginia. RNDC distributes over 3 million cases per year of wine. This facility processes more bottles relative to the other 18 states where the company is located, nearly double the amount of full cases. They wanted to add more automation to the DC in order to meet the requirements of their growing customer and supplier base and accommodate long term growth.

Hangcha Group China
Bolzoni Auramo, Inc.
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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

Join MHEDA on March 8, 2018 for a one-day Regional Networking Summit hosted by MHEDA Member, Atlas Toyota Material Handling. This is a unique opportunity to network and learn with others who live and work in the same area of the country. The Summit includes: Breakfast, Business Presentation, Lunch, Guided Facility Tour, Interactive Networking, and Raffle Prizes. Registration will be available early January 2018. Questions? Contact Rebecca Hein at 847.680.3500 or


Mentors & Mentees wanted for MHEDA's Women in Industry Mentoring Program. Benefits? Gain satisfaction in sharing expertise with others and giving back to the industry. Receive honest feedback and advice in key areas such as communication and leadership skills.

Interested in participating in MHEDA's Mentoring Program? Contact Rebecca Hein, or call MHEDA directly at 847.680.3500


MHEDA is delighted to be attending MODEX 2018, April 9 – 12 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Plan to attend MODEX 2018 and visit MHEDA at Booth #5010 to pick up a MHEDA Member ribbon to affix to your show badge, visit with Board Members and MHEDA Staff members and learn about all we have planned for 2018. You’ll also be able to relax in the MHEDA Lounge! You are also invited to attend a Free Networking Reception on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Georgia World Congress Center, room B 206.

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