June 1, 2018
New Members

Distributor/FOB: BoxLogix, Prairie du Chien, WI; EKKO Material Handling Equipment, Pomona, CA

Mfg-Supplier/Associate: ARI Network Services, Inc., Milwaukee, WI


The perception is that everything digital is automatically less secure than it's analog counterpart. But electronic payments from your mobile phone are actually more secure than those from a physical credit card, and here's why. Check out the latest Sileo on Security video on MHEDA TV by clicking here.

Featured Articles

MHEDA and MHI are proud to present the 2018 Emerging Leaders Conference, “Star Performance.” Join us July 12 at The Gwen Hotel in Chicago, IL for a one-day conference for material handling professionals. Gain tools and insight to propel your leadership skills to star status. Enjoy out-of-the-box thinking, personal stories, case studies and interactive activities. Don’t miss the hottest event of the summer, register today and save!


The MHEDA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Lori Zarling who joined the MHEDA team on May 29 as Director of Information Technology. Lori brings over 24 years of association experience having previously worked for ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

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

Now in its 30th year, Plant Engineering’s annual Product of the Year award recognizes the latest manufacturing innovations that help businesses achieve greater performance. The durable, versatile Yale GP040-060MX pneumatic tire lift truck emerged as the ultimate solution in the materials handling systems category, taking home the gold.

Shoppa’s Material Handling is proud to announce the addition and promotions of several strategic people to meet the needs of customers as the company continues to grow alongside the phenomenal growth of the DFW Metroplex and surrounding counties.

UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) celebrated its top dealer personnel during UCA’s annual Pack for the Sun sales trip last month. An estimated 50 dealer personnel and their guests traveled to sunny Punta Cana, Dominican Republic where they were recognized for top sales performance.
Pack for the Sun winners are selected based on the number of new units and aftermarket parts sold. To qualify for the trip, UCA sales representatives were entered into contest groups determined by their dealership’s market size.

Mariotti USA has increased its presence in the North American market with the appointment of two new dealers. Orlando, Florida-based JAMCO Inc. and Westminster Lift of British Columbia will both serve as exclusive dealers of Mariotti forklift products.

EKKO Material Handling Equipment is proud to announce that it has appointed CFE Equipment Corporation, as an exclusive authorized distributor of EKKO products in the VA., NC., MD., and Bluff City, Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City TN. markets.

Buying equipment and services from a MHEDA member assures that you are buying from one of the best!

Ralph-Pugh Co., Inc. - Member Since 2000 - Conveyor Roller & Component Specialists. Ralphs-Pugh products are made to customer requirements. They excel at matching the product to specific operating environments resulting in optimal conveyor performance. They serve a broad market spectrum. Visit their website at

Tractel Inc., Griphoist Division - Member Since 1998 - Tractel designs, manufactures and markets lifting & handling material, load measurement devices, temporary & permanent access solutions and antifall safety equipment. Visit their website at

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

Understanding risks and opportunities for permitting requirements, licensing and safety. Presented by Sal Fateen, CEO, Seizmic Engineering.

In case you missed the webinar last month, enjoy a Free On-Demand version with power point slides to follow along. 


Keynote Speaker - Brian Beaulieu, ITR Economics

MHEDA & MHI are proud to present the 2018 Business Planning Conference September 12-13, 2018 at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare. This is your opportunity to participate in a facilitated strategic planning session where you will roll-up your sleeves and work on your organization’s Mission/Vision/Values; gain management tools and define your short and long-term goals. Keynote speaker Brian Beaulieu (pictured) from ITR Economics will kick the event off with an economic forecast followed by time for Q & A from the audience. Details and online registration available soon – so save the date! Questions? Call 847-680-3500 or email

It is undeniable that the demand for talent across the business world has been picking up for the past few years, and the things employees value most have shifted as well, partly because of generational attitudes and partly because new technologies redefining the workspace. How can HR departments effectively respond to this challenging business environment?

Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Targit US

By Christine Corelli

There are no secret handshakes; no passwords; and no dues into the club of what I call World Class Dealer Service. Nor are there guarantees, but the odds of success as a material handling distributor improve among the dealers who not only acknowledge but embrace and practice these fundamental principles – which I offer more as reminders than lessons. If gone are the days of easy, effortless sales (and for most manufacturers and dealers they are), then present are the days of service excellence and that includes the service a customer receives from the salesperson.

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

For Memphis Material Handling (Memphis, TN) President/CEO Russell Caldwell trust is earned, not given. And when a 3PL Provider in Memphis required a single selective storage system utilizing reach trucks, Caldwell was in an ideal position to capitalize on the project because he had earned that trust over the course of a long and fruitful relationship.

Hangcha Group China
Bolzoni Auramo, Inc.
MHEDA Online

The second quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal is online now. This is the annual Convention issue, which will be handed out at the Convention in Miami in May. See articles from Convention speakers and read up on all of the Exhibitors at this year's Exhibitor Showcase. All of this and much more in the latest issue of The MHEDA Journal

News From MHEDA

Save the date to join us on August 2, 2018 for a one-day Regional Networking Summit hosted by MHEDA Member, DACO Corporation. 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 soon. Questions? Contact Rebecca Hein at 847.680.3500 or

Mentors 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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