December 15, 2018
New Members

Distributor: Lift Truck Parts & Service, Inc., Brockton, MA

Mfg-Supplier/Associate: Metalware Corporation, Mont-Royal, Quebec Canada


Have you heard about MHEDA’s best kept secret? Our learning Management System or LMS is a Member only resource designed to provide you with a modern way to enhance your professional career development and track your learning progress. Start your journey! See the full video online by clicking here.


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MHEDA's Annual Convention & Exhibitor Showcase details are now available online. Join us May 4-8, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona and learn business and leadership strategies to “Set the Stage for What’s Next.” We’ve designed an exciting agenda to help you: manage new generations in the workplace; gain digital marketing hacks and insight on tech tools; reduce corporate and individual tax expenses; maximize the value of your business and more!

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

MHEDA is proud to announce that eleven companies have received the 2019 MVP Award. The MVP, Most Valuable Partner, is an annual recognition program exclusively for MHEDA's Distributor member companies. Achieving the award will give your company a tangible method to brand your excellence in material handling supply chain.


MHEDA is proud to announce that four supplier/manufacturer members achieved the 2019 MVS Award. 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.

SpaceGuard Products, Inc. announced that John Sloan joined its team of solution providers as Director of Business Development.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems in the Americas was recently selected as “Vendor of the Year” for 2018 by Rapidparts, Inc. for the second year in a row. Based in Grand Rapids, MI, Rapidparts is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) and supplies Cat® lift trucks, Mitsubishi forklift trucks and Jungheinrich® dealers, and their customers with quality forklift replacement parts.

We had the pleasure of visiting with our valued Industrial Truck Members, Don Hune, President of Lift Power, Tim Jamal, Vice President of Jamco, and Robert Burkhead, Vice President of Ring Power Lift Trucks. We also had the pleasure of visiting with a valued Engineered Systems Member Mark Teixeira, President of South Atlantic Systems. Visiting with each of you gives us a broader perspective on each members association wants and needs. Thank you all for your time and warm hospitality! 

Komatsu Forklift U.S.A. is excited to announce that Frontier Forklifts and Service, Inc. has been added as a new Komatsu Forklift dealer in the Houston, Texas area.

Avoid Lost Time if Something Falls
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MHEDA Education

Discouraged about leaving yet another voice mail? You’re not alone. When voice mail first came out, it was the hottest thing in business, and everyone anxiously checked and even responded to their voice mail no matter who was calling. But things have changed over the years and now people tend to hide behind their voice mail.

Registration for the 2019 University of Innovative Distribution (UID) program is now open. Use the link below to review courses and register online. At the conclusion of the program, all attendees will receive an official Letter of Completion issued by the Purdue University awarding 30 hours for satisfactory completion of this four-day UID Program.

Most merchants know they need to be able to accept cards nowadays to make a transaction. However, most don’t really think they have a choice when it comes to the fees that come with processing the transaction. There’s good news actually, for business-to-business merchants, in particular. Depending on a few factors, there’s hope that interchange optimization can get the best rates every time you swipe a customer’s card. We’ll discuss exactly what interchange is and how to get those best rates below.

We’ve all heard the saying, “Leaders are made, not born.” That statement rings true when it comes to managerial roles. When organizations need to fulfill management positions, they aren’t just hiring anyone. With the added expectations and responsibilities necessary for effective management, you want to make sure that you’re finding the right fit for your organization.

Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.

By Liz Richards

I’ll let you in on a secret. When MHEDA first contemplated starting a Women in Industry initiative, I was against it. A number of years ago, an association colleague (male) contacted me to ask my opinion about whether or not I would join a “Women’s” industry group and I immediately said no. I told him I would not want to be singled out for being female and wanted to be perceived on equal footing, as a businessperson like any of my male counterparts and not considered “different” because of my gender.

Why is ResinDek® Flooring Now Available with a Steel Finish?
Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC
"We were challenged by a customer to develop a surface 'as strong as steel' that could deliver iron clad resistance to the harshest, most abusive environments," explained Greg Doppler, Founder and President of Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products. "These include areas of extremely high traffic whose floors aren't regularly cleaned, and those utilizing autonomous vehicles." ResinDek® with MetaGard® is the perfect flooring solution for drop zones, heavy wear areas, and robotic applications.
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Sales Success Story

A.T. Emery, North Louisiana Sales Manager at Nelson Equipment Company, had been calling on Mid South Extrusion as a customer for nearly three years without any luck. When the plastics distributor needed a panel replaced on their 20-year-old modular building, Emery finally got his shot.

MHEDA Online

The Fourth quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal is online now. This is the Trends Issue, which features the 2019 Material Handling Business Trends, a lookback at the last 10 years of trends and the annual Sales Success Stories. Also, see articles from the Women in Industry Conference speakers. All of this and much more in the latest issue of The MHEDA Journal

News From MHEDA

ProMat is where you’ll find the wow you need to transform your supply chain into a competitive advantage. You’ll find 900+ 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, ProMat is where manufacturing and supply chain innovation comes to life.

Experience 1,000 providers as they demonstrate the latest equipment and systems that will deliver the WOW to help you: Improve visibility & accelerate time to market; Reduce operating costs & increase efficiency; Streamline & automate your operations; Connect with solution providers & key thought leaders; Discover the latest technologies & innovations; and Learn the latest trends in over 100 educational sessions. 

On April 8-11, manufacturing and supply chain professionals will have an unrivaled face-to-face opportunity to network, learn, share, and get a sneak preview of where our industry is headed. For more information visit and join us at McCormick Place in Chicago.


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.