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December 15, 2011
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Material Handling Equipment Distributors
In This Issue
•  More MVPs
•  Chuck Frank Nears End of Term
•  wikiMHEDA Terms

wikiMHEDA Keeps
You Connected

Where do you go for in-depth information on the equipment, services and practices you use every day? Now you can go to wikiMHEDA, available to all association members. Located at, the website features a comprehensive collection of industry terminology, videos, white papers, spec sheets, news and even a searchable buyers guide. wikiMHEDA is your one-stop source for material handling information.

Customer Corner

End-users discuss their partnerships with material handling distributors.

“Service and safety far outweigh cost when it comes to our material handling equipment; honestly, I don’t even look at the price.”

James Bradley, safety coordinator, Cumberland Packing (Brooklyn, NY)

Sales Success Story
AK Racks Up a Sale
A large hardware supplier was nine weeks away from opening a 260,000 sq. ft. home center and warehouse store when the company that provided its rack went out of business.
5 Wiki Terms
1. Consignment inventory
2. Packaging bench
3. Arm conveyor
4. Stevedore pallet
5. Air curtain
See the top 100 keywords to wikiMHEDA here.
Add your term @
Executive Dialogue

“A younger generation seeping into the workforce is putting a new spin on how sales are done.”

— Luigi Marinoni

Join the Conversation
Membership Advantage

MVPs In 2012

In May, MHEDA announced the MVP, or Most Valuable Partner Program, to members with an invitation to all distributor member companies to apply for the status and show their valued partners, customers, employees and suppliers that they are among the best in the industry. Read More...
Most Viewed Content

Making Five Become One

By Bob Schermer, Equipment Depot (Houston, TX)

It has been said that there is no such thing as too much communication. In today’s ever-challenging business and economic environment, this statement has never been more valid. A strategic decision was made to merge five material handling operating companies in the United States into one under the Equipment Depot brand. Read more...
Welcome New Members

Distributor: Cromer Material Handling (Oakland, CA)

Factory-Owned Branch: Southwest AGRI-Plastics, Inc. (Dallas, TX)

Supplier/Associate: New Age Industrial (Norton, KS)

Featured Articles
Truck Drivers Face Cell Phone Ban

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new final rule that specifically prohibits interstate truck drivers from using handheld cell phones while operating their vehicles. The rule is the latest action by DOT to discourage distracted driving by all operators of commercial motor vehicles. Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Additionally, for drivers in interstate or intrastate commerce, states will suspend a driver’s commercial driver’s license after two or more serious traffic violations. Read more...

Chuck Frank Nears End of Term
  2011 MHEDA President Chuck Frank, president of AHS, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH), ends his term as MHEDA President on December 31. Frank presided over the association as it felt its way through the third year of a difficult economic climate. Read more...
Board Readies for Change
  Thank you to these individuals for their terms of service on the MHEDA Board of Directors. Read more...
Member News

  Nissan and Hitachi to Integrate Forklift Businesses

Hyundai Relocates to Georgia

Smith Named Coordinator

National Safety Council Honors Crown
  TIEM Noted for Environment
MHEDA University

2012 MHEDA University Schedule


January 19 – Material Handling Business Trends for 2012


February 7 – Social Media Boot Camp: What You Need to Know


March 5-8, 2012 – University of Industrial Distribution


New This Fall, On-Demand Training Webinars!
The 10 highest-rated webinar programs from 2010-2011 are now available for streaming playback or in a downloadable version.Give your team the training they are looking for: convenient, relevant and on-demand 24/7. Read more...


2011 Webinar Recordings Winter Sale

News From The MHEDA Office

Two Most Valuable Partners

Vernon Hills, IL — AHS (Cincinnati, OH) and Cardinal Carryor, Inc. (Louisville, KY) were named MHEDA Most Valuable Partners (MVP). Read More...

MHEDA Events at Modex 2012 in Atlanta

Stop by and visit the MHEDA Booth #5404 in the Industry Resource Village.
All Members will be encouraged to stop by the MHEDA Booth to pick up a MHEDA Member ribbon to affix to their show badge.
All MHEDA Member Exhibitors will be provided a “Proud to be a MHEDA Member” sign to display in their booth indicating their membership in MHEDA and inviting questions about their association involvement.

Find out more information regarding MODEX

Save the Date!

Free Networking Reception Monday, February 6, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center!

RSVP is required for the Networking Reception.

More information regarding MHEDA’s Events at Modex or Register for the Networking Reception

Networking through MHEDA

Check out all of MHEDA’s Networking Information Now Online

Looking for ways to Connect & Network with MHEDA Members, check out MHEDA-NET

Existing groups looking for new members

Recruiting for new groups

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MHEDA Social Media

Take advantage of the power of online networking by joining the MHEDA Group on LinkedIn, “liking” us on Facebook or following us on Twitter. Read More...

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The MHEDA Connection is distributed on the 1st and 15th of each month to all MHEDA members. As the official newsletter of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA), a non-profit organization, this publication carries authoritative notices and articles in regard to the activities of the Association. In all other respects, neither the Association nor the publisher of The MHEDA Connection, Data Key Communications, Inc, is responsible for the contents thereof or the opinions of the contributors. Copyright © 2011 Data Key Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this newsletter may be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission of the publisher.