July 1, 2018
New Members

MHEDA & MHI are proud to present the 2018 Business Planning Conference. 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 business plan; gain management tools and define your short and long-term goals. Learn more about the BPC by clicking here.

The leakage of vast amounts of data out of Facebook has many people thinking about deleting their account. Before you proceed, think about these things first. Check out the latest Sileo on Security video on MHEDA TV by clicking here.

Featured Articles

MHEDA is pleased to announce that all member companies now have access to a fully customizable On-Boarding template. The template, a $2,500 value, is available at no cost and was created for the internal use to help members train and maintain the best workforce possible. Additionally, Andy McNulty of Communication Performance Management Associates, the author of the template, has agreed to provide our membership with basic-level support to ensure a smooth introduction and formatting.


Applications for MHEDA’s two annual award programs are now available on the MHEDA website. The MVP, Most Valuable Partner, Award is for distributor members and the MVS, Most Valuable Supplier, is for our manufacturer and associate members. Both awards require companies to demonstrate a commitment to business excellence by meeting criteria in five key areas in addition to meeting a set of minimum requirements and submitting letters of recommendation. This is an annual recognition program exclusively for MHEDA Members.

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

Yale Materials Handling Corporation announces its donation of a Yale® YA55-PT manual hand pallet truck to the Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina. Prior to the donation, Pet Food Pantry accumulated significant operating costs by regularly renting pallet trucks to process deliveries. Yale’s contribution enables them to completely remove that expense and dedicate more resources to their mission.

VARGO is expanding its footprint in central Ohio, and leasing office space in Dublin, Ohio, to house its growing software engineering team.

KION North America was recently awarded the KION Group Safety Championship for 2017. Gordon Riske, CEO of KION Group, presented the award to KION North America employees during an open house event on May 24.

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

Hawker - Member Since 2001: Hawker not only offers the industry’s broadest product range of batteries and modular, high-frequency, smart chargers in the motive power industry, but they provide the people and expertise to turn those products and power systems into real cost savings for each operation. Hawker is your one-source system solution for motive power savings. Visit their website at

Material Handling Network - Member Since 1990: Publishers of Material Handling Network and bi-annual Directory of Material Handling. Each issue of Network is read by over 27,000** executives and professionals who are Manufacturers, Distributors, Dealers, Warehouses, Distribution Centers and/or provide Rental & Repair services for material handling equipment. Visit their website at

Several key sales people have been hired and promoted at Shoppa’s Material Handling in order to meet and exceed the expectations of customers at the company’s nine locations in Texas and Missouri. Shoppa’s continued growth is reflected in the constant expansion of the DFW Metroplex and surrounding areas.

MH Equipment is proud to announce and welcome John Judd as a Regional Sales Manager for MH Equipment. Judd will be responsible for sales team leadership and driving revenue at MH Equipment's Evansville, Indiana location.

Avoid Lost Time if Something Falls
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MHEDA Education

MHEDA and MHI are proud to present the 2018 Emerging Leaders Conference, “Star Performance.” 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.

Learn about seismic maps, R-mark certification, required testing, rack sway allowances, anchoring issues, slab and soil challenges, necessary inspections, permitting and more. Presented by Sal Fateen, CEO, Seizmic Engineering.

You’ve also probably encountered a lot of bad press about this age group, to the degree that there’s apprehension regarding how different generations can function in the same work environment. The aim of this article is to get past the negative connotations and discuss how to successfully hire and manage twenty-something employees.  

Join MHEDA on August 2 for a one-day Regional Networking Summit hosted by MHEDA Member, DACO Corporation. The Summit includes: Breakfast, Business Presentation, Lunch, Guided Facility Tour, Interactive Networking, and Raffle Prizes. Only $99 per person.


Keynote Speaker - Brian Beaulieu, ITR Economics
MHEDA & MHI are proud to present the 2018 Business Planning Conference September 12-13, 2018 in the Chicagoland area.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.


Hawker Powersource, Inc.

By Steve Guglielmo

Your brand is your most important asset in business. It is your identity. In today’s digital world, it is vital to protect that brand online. And today, that means that using social networking sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram are no longer optional. Using these sites not only allows your company to control the message, but having a presence on those pages ensures that nobody else is using your company name and likeness to purport to be you. Social media used to be a luxury. Something that companies could do if they had the time and resources to devote to it. But in 2018, it’s now necessary.

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

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

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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