January 1, 2019

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On December 20, 2018, a plane registered to Sunshine Enterprise Inc. CEO Wei Chen crashed in the Atlanta area. Wei, John Chen, Bruce Pelynio, Heli Americas CEO and Danielle Mitchell, Controller, were all on board and did not survive the crash. Please keep the families and employees of Sunshine and Heli in your thoughts and prayers. MHEDA extends its deepest condolences to the friends and families of the victims.

MHEDA extends its condolences to the friends and family of Emil Graeser, who passed away on December 22, 2018. He was 88. Emil was the former chairman and CEO of Bohnert Equipment Company. Emil served as the MHEDA President in 1980. 

On January 1, 2019, MHEDA officially welcomed Greg Brown, WW Cannon, Jim Hammond, Valley Industrial Trucks, Jim MacGregor, Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta and Nate Storey, Storage Solutions to the MHEDA Board of Directors and Troy Carter, Daifuku Wynright, to the MBOA. Mike Vaughan, Liftech Equipment Companies, is the 2019 Chairman of the Board, with Mike Wall, CSI Materials Handling, serving as Chairman-Elect, Ted Springer, Springer Equipment, serving as Treasurer and Tom Albero, Alliance Material Handling, serving as Vice President. Doug Carson, Fallsway Equipment Company, is the Immediate Past Chairman. MHEDA would also like to thank Mark Milovich, Mark Nelson and Milt Tandy for their years of service on the MHEDA Board.

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

MHEDA is proud to announce that ten 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 three supplier/manufacturer members achieved the 2019 MVS Award (Most Valuable Supplier.) MVS 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.

MHEDA exists to be your industry resource in all facets of your organization. We know that the amount of resources and information available can be overwhelming. Get yourself and your team engaged with MHEDA by setting up a visit with Katie Richards, MHEDA's Member Engagement Specialist. 

CSI announced the expansion of its Midwestern sales team with the addition of Matt Biell. Matt joins CSI with a proven track record of sales and distribution experience.

Greg Jaynes, CPA, has been named as Shoppa’s new Chief Financial Officer. Greg Jaynes has more than 30+ years of experience as a leader in financial stewardship and shares the corporate values and vision of Shoppa’s and Toyota.

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

Discouraged about leaving yet another voice mail? You’re not alone. Learn how leaving an effective voicemail has changed over the years with Mike Brooks, author of the bestselling book, Power Phone Scripts.

In this webinar, you will hear how two dealerships (CMH Services and RMH Systems) created a business environment that attracted top level talent while significantly reducing turnover. 

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.

A Member only resource designed to provide you with a modern way to enhance your professional career development and track your learning progress.  Enjoy affordable access to four modes of training in one convenient location. To make the most of your purchases, allow MHEDA to host a Lunch & Learn for your team and dive into a course and quiz of your choosing. 

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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

MHEDA-NET: Live! Is a new networking event for both MHEDA-NET members & MHEDA members designed to maximize industry connections. Meet face-to-face with other MHEDA-NET Members and participate in an interactive and unique networking experience with fellow Material Handling Professionals.

Join MHEDA & MHI for an afternoon of education, discussion and networking for women in our industry, on April 8, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm in Room S 102 BC.

Relax, charge up and connect with your fellow members at MHEDA's Booth, Booth # 2938, during ProMat 2019. Join us Tuesday, April 9 for an informal networking reception for MHEDA members and prospective members from 4:30-6pm in Room S 102 BC. Please RSVP if you plan on attending.

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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