August 1, 2018
New Members

Distributor/FOB: American Storage and Logistics, Grand Rapids, MI; Big River Equipment Co., Inc., Bettendorf, IA

Mfg-Supplier/Associate: Access Control Group, Robbinsville, NJ


Digital assistants like Alexa make searching for information and ordering a pizza easier. But are you sacrificing your privacy for the sake of convenience. Find out the answer on the latest Sileo on Security on MHEDA TV by clicking here.



Strong company culture is paramount to attracting and retaining top talent in this competitive environment. The latest episode of MHEDA TV discusses how you can use your company culture to attract the best and brightest into your company. Watch the episode by clicking here.

Featured Articles

MHEDA & MHI are proud to present the 2018 Business Planning Conference on September 12-13. 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. Watch Video click here.

Women in Industry Conference: Passport to PowHer
Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare

MHEDA and MHI are partnering to present the 2nd Annual Women in Industry Conference. Join us for a day of interactive learning and networking with women who work in the material handling industry. This conference provides you with the opportunity to: Leverage the power of positivity in your professional and personal life; create levity in the workplace with tools that will attract new customers and retain team members; hear from an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker; and more! Details and registration available soon – so save the date! Questions? Call 847-680-3500 or email

The MHEDA Journal is currently putting together its fourth quarter issue of the magazine, which is the annual “Sales Success Story” issue. This issue features mini case studies of times when MHEDA suppliers and distributors partnered to solve a challenge for an end-user customer.

If you have a case study that you would like to see featured in the magazine, please send to
The MHEDA Journal Managing Editor Steve Guglielmo at Don’t have a case study prepared? No problem! Contact Steve and he will set up an interview to write the story for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your story shared with the rest of MHEDA! Have any questions? Email Steve or call 352-333-2741 for more information.

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

William G. Billard, president of the former W.T. Billard (Santa Fe Springs, CA) and MHEDA’s 1995 president, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2018. Bill was a leader, mentor and friend to many and helped to guide the association during a time of transition following the retirement of Dan Reilly and the hiring of Liz Richards, current CEO of MHEDA. Those who knew Bill, will remember him as a warm and caring gentleman and a successful industry professional. The family will be holding a private memorial service honoring Bill’s memory.

Springer Equipment Company Field Service Supervisor David Threadgill was awarded the Certified Forklfit Technician designation by MHEDA and the Manufacturing Skils Standards Council. David has been with Springer for more than 26 years. For more information about how to get involved with schools offering the CFT and how to certify your incumbent employees, please contact Katie Richards,, P: 847-483-5693 or visit


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

Material Handling Wholesaler – Member since 1991: Material Handling Wholesaler is published by Specialty Publications International, Inc. MHW has been serving the industry for over 35 years as the industry's premier 'buy and sell" forum. Their mission is to provide our readers with the finest and up-to-date industry news, supplier and parts contacts using their exclusive Source Directory and business related services. Visit their website at

Wirecrafters LLC – Member Since 2008: WireCrafters LLC provides their customers with creative solutions for their safety, security, and storage needs, while meeting commitments with exceptional quality by people who care. They have grown to become the nation's leading producer of wire partition products.
Visit their website at

Conveyco Technologies is excited to announce the publication of a new educational resource for supply chain professionals who seek to stay current with the latest types of automation technologies, and how they can be deployed within modern warehousing or distribution operations. The guide is available for free at

TVH in the Americas strives to make a positive impact in the community and has been a proud supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City Olathe Chapter since 2015. To help the club continue its mission of serving Olathe’s youth, TVH and the Olathe Chapter hosted a first-time culinary-themed fundraising event called Tour de Fork.

Pacline Conveyors Inc. is now a licensed distributor/integrator for UNIBILT® enclosed track conveyors. UNIBILT® conveyors are well suited for medium to heavy-duty conveyor applications such as paint lines, assembly lines and parts storage.

Autoquip Corporation announced the launch of its newly redesigned website – The new website is reflective of the companies continued expansion and focus to provide innovative lifting solutions to their customers.

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

Sales Professional Training Camp: The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession will take place on August 14-16 in Dayton, Ohio. This is your opportunity to experience two and a half days of practical sales skills, tools and fundamental disciplines that are essential for sales professionals and a productive sales team. Co-sponsored with AEA.

Unleashing your power is a journey. So much to learn and so many stops along the way. MHEDA and MHI are partnering to present the 2nd Annual Women in Industry Conference at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare. We invite you to join us for day of interactive learning and networking with women who work in the material handling industry. Questions? Call 847-680-3500 or email

Mark Your Calendar! MHEDA's 2019 Annual Convention and Exhibitor Showcase
May 4 to May 8, 2019 ♦ JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort ♦ Phoenix, Arizonia
This is MHEDA's premier industry event where hundreds of industry professionals will gather for four days of endless networking and quality education. Details will be posted as they become available.

Business leaders too often find themselves blindsided when a star employee decides to quit. In many cases, this event is a rude wake-up call to those who failed to see the warning signs of a disengaged employee.

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

A designer of high-end fashion accessories was understandably concerned about not wanting their material handling batteries to leak onto the expensive items. For years, the manufacturer had worked with Lift Power (Jacksonville, FL) Sales Manager Matt Drury for their material handling needs.

Hangcha Group China
Bolzoni Auramo, Inc.
MHEDA Online

The Third quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal is online now. This is the annual Recognition issue, which features recognition of member anniversaries, best of the best distributors and, for the first time ever, an article about Women Who Inspire us. Also, see articles from the Emerging Leaders Conference speakers. All of this and much more in the latest issue of The MHEDA Journal

News From MHEDA

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.


The Booth Reservation Process for the 2019 Exhibitor Showcase will begin on September 25. Members who are interested in reserving a booth for the 2019 Showcase in Phoenix will be required to complete an online form and submit to MHEDA. The final booth selection process will take place on September 26 when MHEDA will call each company who submitted a form. Question? Contact, Cindy Thoren at or 847-680-3500.

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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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.