February 15, 2019
New Members

Distributor/FOB: Dakota Storage Products, West Fargo, ND; Direct Forklift & Equipment, Boardman, OH; SilMan Venture Corporation dba SilMan Industries, San Leandro, CA

Mfg-Supplier/Associate: ATG, Wakefield, MA; HC Forklift America Corporation, Charlotte, NC


Recently, MHEDA partnered with the Mackay Research Group to administer and improve the DiSC Report. They targeted lacking areas of the report to make the DiSC an even more useful tool for dealers in all segments of the material handling industry. To learn more about the improved report, click here to watch video.


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Save $200 per member registration if you register by February 15th. MHEDA's Annual Convention will be held May 4-8, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. Learn business and leadership strategies to “Set the Stage for What’s Next.” We have 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!


The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that its December 2018 Booked Orders increased 2.8% when compared to December 2017 orders. December 2018 booked orders when compared to November 2018 booked orders were up 27.3%.

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

Scott Hennie, President of Elite Supply Chain Solutions, based in Hudson, OH, announced on February 1, 2019 that the company is changing its name to MH Engineered Solutions in a re-branding initiative. In addition to the name change, the re-branding includes a few simple modifications to the company's logo, colors, and graphics. Together, these changes act as a final step in integrating what was previously Elite Supply Chain Solutions with its parent company, MH Logistics.

Riekes Equipment and Bublitz Material Handling officially announce their merger. The merger will be effective immediately and the companies will combine business operations in the coming year. The combined, privately held company will operate under the Riekes Equipment name and to be headquartered in Omaha, NE.

TVH in the Americas (TVH) is proud to announce that Dirk von Holt has been named its new President, effective January 1, 2019.  Dirk joined the company in 2005, bringing with him a wealth of industry knowledge. As the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Dirk was instrumental in streamlining TVH’s organizational processes and setting up a network of distribution centers in order to ensure a positive customer experience.

UNEX Manufacturing, Inc. is a recipient of a 2018 Material Handling product News (MHPN) Products of the Year Reader’s Choice Award. This award honors the achievements of companies for advances in materials handling systems and equipment within manufacturing, distribution centers and warehouses. UNEX SpeedCell was the winning product in the Racks, Shelving and Mezzanines category.

Clark Material Handling Company, a global leader in the material handling industry, has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky for 2019! CLARK has two facilities in Kentucky, its American headquarters and manufacturing plant in Lexington, and its state-of-the-art parts distribution center in Louisville. This is the second time that CLARK has been selected as Best Place to Work in Kentucky

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. 

The MHEDA Journal profiles one supplier/associate member and one distributor/integrator member in each quarterly issue to hear more about a member company's give back efforts within the community. Whether you give back to your community, to your employees, or to other non-for-profit organization, we want to hear about it! Email Katie Richards, with your story so we can get your company exposure in the next issue of The MHEDA Journal. 

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MHEDA Education

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. 

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.

The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession Training Camp includes 2.5 days of practical skills, tools and fundamental disciplines that are essential for sales professionals and a productive sales team, training materials, a complete work binder, electronic course tools, all breaks and lunches during the seminar. Presented by Don Buttrey. Co-Sponsored with AEA.

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. 

Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.

By Steve Guglielmo
Since I began working with MHEDA about nine years ago, the association has started some really cool initiatives. From the Women in Industry MHEDA-NET Group and Conference, the Learning Management System, Regional Networking Meetings and countless other member offerings that MHEDA has introduced, I feel like I’ve had a front row seat to a very evolutionary time for the association.

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

Urban Organics is a company based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with a noble mission, “To fix a broken food system one delicious meal at a time.” For Urban Organics, this is a simple concept. “Local equals fresh. Fresh equals nutritious. Nutritious equals healthy, for people and community.” The company came up with a solution to what they say as the broken food system, to farm with aquaponics, where fish and plants help each other grow. While the concept is simple, Urban Organics needed somebody to bring that vision from concept to reality. So they contacted AK Material Handling Systems (Maple Grove, MN).

MHEDA Online

The First quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal is online now. This is the Forecast Issue, which features economics forecasts from MHEDA distributors, suppliers, MHI, ITA, CEMA and ITR Economics. This issue also is an introduction to the new MHEDA Board of Directors ands MBOA. All of this and much more in the latest issue of The MHEDA Journal

News From MHEDA

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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