February 1, 2018
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Take a minute to listen to John Sileo's story about losing his entire nest egg, his job, and his software company simply because he thought that identity theft would never happen to him. You will never think about your private data in the same way. Check out this Sileo on Security video on MHEDA TV by clicking here.


Your username and password have probably been breached many times. Think Target, Home Depot, OPM, Chase, and Anthem. But that doesn't mean your accounts have to be at risk. This incredibly powerful and simple tip will eliminate hackers from getting into your private online accounts. Check out this Sileo on Security video on MHEDA TV by clicking here.

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

Join us in Florida at The Loews Miami Beach Hotel, May 5-9 at MHEDA's 63rd Annual Convention, What’s Your Vision? featuring dynamic speakers, action oriented presentations and numerous networking forums to help you prepare for the future. Hundreds of material handling industry professionals will gather under one roof for insights to face tomorrow’s lightning speed world.

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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.

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The January 2018 ITR Advisor is now available exclusively to MHEDA members and includes important economic data to help you plan for the year ahead. To receive a free copy of this report, contact MHEDA at 847-680-3500 or email Topics covered include:

• Macro-economic outlook advice • Insight on “The Importance of Trade to the US Economy”
• Industry analysis
• US Material Handling Equipment New Orders
• Leading indicator snapshot • Canada Industrial Production


The First Quarter Issue of The MHEDA Journal is online now. This issue is the annual economic forecast issue, featuring economic predictions from MHEDA distributors, suppliers, MHI, ITA, CEMA and a Q and A with Convention Speaker and economist Brian Beaulieu. Read the full issue by clicking here.

East Penn Manufacturing Co.,
RICO Equipment, Inc.
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MHEDA would like to congratulate Hyster-Yale Group Inc., Greenville, NC who has been awarded the 2018 MVS Award for the first time. The Award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees and their community.

Written by Frank Clark and Illustrated by Lilly Scheibelhut, Frankie Forklift is the new children book series of the Material Handling industry. Frankie Forklift and friends gives kids exposure to Powered Industrial Equipment while learning simple life lessons and providing an overall safety message.

Frank Clark has been in the industry for over 25 years and has expanded that thinking to inspire children to one day explore the opportunity of a career in the material handling/forklift industry. 

J.T. Bates Insurance Group named in top 50 fastest growing private companies in central Ohio by Columbus Business First. Rankings announced October 19, 2017.

Interroll announced that production and office capacities in Thailand will be expanded within the next 15 months by moving from the existing production site in Amatanakorn Industrial Estate, Phase 8, to a new location in Phase 10. Construction on the new location will start in the first quarter of 2018 and is scheduled to be finalized at the beginning of the second quarter of 2019.

Hannibal South is hitting benchmarks and seeing growth in spite of the category five hurricane that hit Houston late last year, underscoring the company’s expansion and commitment to the area. Since opening its Houston facility in 2016, Hannibal South has grown to manufacturing and shipping more steel products per month, putting production above what it initially projected. In addition, the company is planning to hire additional employees to meet the demand of its customers.

UNEX Manufacturing, Inc. celebrates its second consecutive year of record business growth in 2017, adding dozens of new products and solution patents, major industry awards and global sales throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. UNEX now employs over 100 people, making the company one of the largest employers in Ocean County in New Jersey.

Wesco Industrial Products and Bluff Manufacturing have combined under Wincove Private Holdings. Joining together, Wesco and Bluff will expand their comprehensive material handling and warehouse safety solutions to benefit customers both domestically and internationally. Aligning the two companies will greatly enhance their offerings, delivering even greater value to their vast distribution networks. Together, they are exceptionally well positioned for growth.

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

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. 

This webinar will focus on the challenges associated with introducing new employees to your organization so their first impression is a positive one. Presented by Andy McNulty, Founding Partner, CPMA.

Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Noblelift North America Corp.

B-to-B will continue to be strong in 2018 and 2019
By Steve Guglielmo and Brian Beaulieu

ITR Economics CEO Brian Beaulieu will be presenting at the MHEDA Convention on Monday, May 7, 2018, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. His presentation, “The Winds of Change” will discuss the current business cycle status of the U.S. and North American economy and where the economy is heading. Brian was gracious enough to discuss his presentation and the state of the economy with The MHEDA Journal for this issue of the magazine.

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

Hyundai Powertech sought to optimize storage at its Georgia manufacturing facility to make room for additional assembly parts required for an 8-speed transmission product launch. As a main auto parts manufacturer of Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai Powertech specializes in automotive transmissions. The company manufactures a full line of transmission parts, from compact to full-size, that fulfill the needs of more than 600,000 transmissions annually.

Hangcha Group China
Bolzoni Auramo, Inc.
MHEDA Online

MHEDA dealers across the country expect growth, though Storage and Handling anticipates a slow down
By Steve Guglielmo

Each year in the 1st Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal, we survey the industry to try to determine what can be expected from the economy in the coming year. To do this, we solicit forecasts from our partner associations like MHI, ITA and CEMA. We also speak to MHEDA members from both the distributor and supplier sides of the industry. Taken together, these forecasts should provide some insight into where the industry is heading in 2018 and beyond.

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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.

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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.


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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, visit with Board Members and MHEDA Staff members and learn about all we have planned for 2018 or just 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. Learn More...

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