On June 1, the Missouri River flood reached the Sioux City area. Some businesses and home owners had to evacuate while others built levees to protect their properties. Two of our resident technicians, Jeremy Smith and Pat Anderson, decided to get involved to help out their community.
Jeremy was at the Tyson-Dakota City facility where they were scrambling to build a levee around their waste water treatment. He asked how he could help and offered to bring lift trucks in to move sand bags. Jeremy called the Omaha branch and arranged for Hyster rentals to be shipped in. He dedicated many hours of his personal time and charity time that week moving sand bags to help his community.
Pat Anderson was at the Tyson headquarters located in Dakota Dunes where they were also trying to build a levee around their facility. Pat coordinated getting a rental truck and helped them with their needs. He devoted many personal hours along with his charity time to help save this community.
On Saturday, June 4th, Jeremy and Pat along with our Material Handling Specialist, Barry Cahoon, devoted their day helping Tyson build a levee around their facility. The response from Tyson has been overwhelming with gratitude for our contribution and the efforts to save their facility and community.
In addition to Jeremy, Pat, and Barry, Service tech John Ebert has also shown his support for the community by devoting his personal time sand bagging.
The Missouri River continues to rise in the Council Bluffs and Omaha areas. With levees breaking around us, MH employees and families have to be prepared to evacuate their homes at any given time. The river in our area has reached an all time record of 36 feet.
The Omaha branch has done an outstanding job showing the community that People Matter.
It goes beyond getting the latest and greatest equipment or doing this year what your competition did last year. “Best practices” in the material handling industry encompasses the correlation between your operations and costs and how best to communicate it. It’s imperative to ask and to know: are you getting the best returns on your investments?
While making your evaluation, keep this in mind: best practices are always business-specific, even for businesses in the same industry. It begins with understanding your product and your target. Every operation – from warehouse materials to transportation systems – is incredibly unique and calls for great attention to detail.
It’s important to define mission-critical functions and project processes. For example: Who is your primary communication with? What are your client’s needs and do you possess the means to satisfy them? Are you the best solution to their problem?
A project begins at implementation, and it’s crucial to have a teamwork-mentality from the start. If an operations manager implements projects and the project manager discovers after some investigation it’s either inoperable or doesn’t fit objectives, it will hit a communications roadblock. To avoid such issues, create a robust communications plan that spells out what information gets disseminated where.
How can it be accomplished?
With technology, it places the focus on the minimization of touch labor and the reconfiguration of value-add operations and handling distribution services. And as modern day material handling solutions become more complex, the higher degree of technology ensures that solutions are logically integrated into the operations process.
Today, material handling services focus on being affordable, supportable and reliable, aiming to deliver uncompromised services and communications—from start to finish—and set the industry standard.
Thank you for the great insights Material Handling Network. Check out the MHN blog at http://www.materialhandlingnetwork.com/blog/index.php.
Earlier this week, we had a blog post highlighting Samaritan’s Purse. As you read, Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
At MH Equipment, one of our His First Foundation objectives is to provide assistant to those, through no fault of their own, are faced with hardship. That is why MH Equipment has come alongside our employees and aligned with Samaritan’s Purse to provide financial assistance to those facing famine in Africa.
If you read the news, you will know that it has been hard to ignore the widespread devastation that is happening in Africa. What is happening in many African countries is nothing short of a tragedy. As a result of the worst drought in 60 years—worsened by civil conflict and rising food and fuel prices—tens of thousands have died, and millions more are malnourished and at risk of death. The crisis in Africa is an undeniable hardship currently being faced by millions of innocent men, women, and children. These people need help from those who are able and willing to provide assistance – MH Equipment felt that calling. Therefore, as mentioned, we have come along side our employees for charitable giving to Samaritan’s Purse by establishing automatic payroll deduction for those employees willing to make monthly donations. We have also aligned with Samaritan’s Purse as a corporate charity and recently provided $75,000 to assist with their emergency relief program in Africa.
As a supporter of Samaritan’s Purse and the work they are doing in Africa and numerous other counties, we ask that you take a moment to review their website and see for yourself the great accomplishments of this organization. Visit their site at http://www.samaritanspurse.org
If you have questions regarding MH Equipment’s alignment with Samaritan’s purse, please contact Dannelle Dahlhauser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe in the Moment:
Make sure that you practice having a CAN DO attitude!
For Sale: 2000 Trackmobile 4350TM
This piece of used equipment is currently located at our Dayton Branch. For more information on the feature, please call 937-890-6800 or submit a contact form, here. If you’re looking for other used material handling equipment, visit our website and search according to your needs.
As one of our MH Equipment designated corporate charities, we are proud to highlight Samaritan’s Purse.
Samaritan’s Purse Mission Statement:
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Founded by Bob Pierce in 1970, Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief organization currently headed by Franklin Graham, that provides immediate, no-red-tape response to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations (Especially in locations where few others are working). Samaritan’s Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid.
Some of the ways Samaritan’s Purse provides assistance to others include:
Emergency Relief Programs offer food, water, and temporary shelter to meet people’s critical needs and give them a chance to rebuild their lives as they are faced with war or famine. Efforts include:
Community Development and Vocational Programs in impoverished villages and neighborhoods help people break the cycle of poverty and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Samaritan’s Purse impacts the lives of vulnerable children through educational, feeding, clothing, and shelter programs that let them know they are not forgotten.
Operation Christmas Child is a ‘global Christmas gift exchange’ project operated by Samaritan’s Purse. Each November it opens thousands of locations, typically at churches or schools, to collect shoeboxes filled with toys,
school supplies, personal items, and other gifts. These boxes are then distributed as Christmas gifts, accompanied by Christian literature. From 1993 through 2008, some 69 million gift boxes have been handed out in more than 130 countries.
Disaster Relief responds to emergency situations. Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes teams of volunteers to repair houses damaged by natural disasters and provide basic necessities to those affected. The organization has four tractor-trailer units loaded with emergency supplies and equipment. Each can serve as a self-contained base in a disaster zone.
Some of Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief activities include:
World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, was founded in 1977 by brothers Dr. Richard Furman and Dr. Lowell Furman to enable doctors to serve short-term assignments at overwhelmed missionary hospitals. The Post-Residency Program supports physicians as they serve two-year terms in mission hospitals and consider becoming career missionaries. World Medical Mission also operates a warehouse that ships equipment and supplies to mission hospitals and provides them with technical support.
Children’s Heart Project provides surgery for children born with heart defects in countries where proper care is not available. Children are brought to North America, where services are donated by hospitals, surgeons, and host families and churches.
HIV/AIDS Projects mobilize private, church, corporate, and government resources to respond to the AIDS pandemic. In partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Samaritan’s Purse is working in East Africa with education about the disease and abstinence-based prevention programs.
Turn on the Tap is a campaign to provide safe drinking water in the developing world. Samaritan’s Purse-Canada holds the license to build BioSand Water Filters, which can provide a family with a perpetual source of safe drinking water. Samaritan’s Purse also drills and repairs wells, sets up large-scale filters in disaster zones, and helps to educate communities in hygiene and sanitation.
As you can tell from reading the long list of on-going projects by Samaritan’s Purse, that it is an amazing organization providing assistance to individuals in need world-wide. These efforts are just a few ways that tens of
thousands of people have been assisted when it mattered most. MH Equipment is honored to be aligned with Samaritan’s Purse and to help make a difference in the lives of others.
To learn more about Samaritan’s Purse, visit their website at: http://www.samaritanspurse.org
We are proud to highlight Mark Gillis, IT Director, who has been with our MH family for the past 6 years! Mark works at our corporate location and is responsible for the management and direction of our IT team. He has over 25 years experience in the IT field including experience in design and engineering of networking systems, programming, creating innovative ways to integrate systems together, experience with IP Phone systems and overall general knowledge of computers and operating systems.
Mark came to MH Equipment from Human Kinetics Publisher, one of the world’s largest publishers of physical education, sports science and sports activity books and are based out of Champaign, IL. where he lead an IT team there for 13 years.
As for how he came to be at MH Equipment, the story is rather interesting: “I got started at MH Equipment after I met my wife to be (at the time) Angie, and decided we were destined to spend the rest of our lives together. She was rooted here (in Peoria) and she had a daughter (Alison) that was very involved in the school system. Well, since I was stealing her mother away, I did not have the heart to steal her away from her friends also, so I decided a move was in order. After five interviews with members of the executive team, I excitedly joined MH Equipment! During the process, I found that the HR Director’s aunt lived across the street from where I lived in Mahomet, IL and that my wife’s parent’s lived next door to the HR Director! Coincidence….I think not! God always has a plan.”
During his time at MH Equipment, Mark says that in addition to the rewarding accomplishments the IT team has gained over the years – from the Cisco phone system installation across the footprint to designing and implementing the MPLS network – his most rewarding experience was his charitable work creating and leading the effort of coffee mugs (over 400 mugs) and coffee drive (over 140 pounds) for our troops while in Iraq during the war. “It is when I affect people that I am the most proud!”
Mark’s favorite thing about working for MH is the people he works with. “I really enjoy working with the people and staff at MH Equipment. The staff here are really a great group of people to work with. I also think we are lucky to have a leadership group that is not only looking out for the Company’s well being, but my family’s as well. I think some people forget that MH Equipment provides us a great place to provide for our families and for that I am thankful!”
As previously mentioned, Mark is married to his lovely wife, Angie, and has two step-children: Alison who is 18 and attending Western University and Adam, who is a forklift driver. Angie and Mark live in Washington, Illinois and have 2 dogs, a miniature poodle (Jordan) and a toy poodle, Mimi, who actually rules the house because she is the cutest dog ever!
In his spare time, Mark likes to play cards (particularly Texas Hold’em) and is very sports oriented, “I try to play basketball twice a week, work out twice a week, play golf, swim, play water volleyball, take the dogs for a walks or to the dog park and keep my yard up. Angie and I also like to walk, boat, grill out and spend time socializing with friends.” His favorite sports team is the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois. Being from the Champaign, IL area for 40 years creates great loyalty – “I still get shivers going to College Sporting events and seeing the crowd’s reaction and the sense of pride they have in our University.”
When asked what person Mark would like to have dinner with and why, he replied “I would love to have dinner with Martin Luther King Jr. This is a man that believes that each person should stand on his own merits regardless of race, nationality, socio-economic status, etc. Many people do not know that he traveled over 6 million miles and spoke over 2,500 times in an 11 year period. The Black community had embraced him due to him fighting for their injustices. But there was a huge amount of white people who embraced him as well for his beliefs that everyone is created equal. Imagine what the United States would have been like today if he had not been assassinated at the young age of 39.”
And finally, something unique that not everyone knows about Mark: “I think that most people already know that I am tall (6? 7?), but what they don’t know is that I was fairly short growing up. When I was in the 8th grade, I actually was able to play on the “B” squad (younger kids and short kids) as well as the “A” squad, due to how short I was. I did not start growing tall until end of my freshman year in high School. I actually grew 2 inches in 7 days when I was a Junior.” (Holy Cow!!)
Please join me in thanking Mark for his years at MH Equipment. We look forward to many more in the future!
For Sale: 2010 Hyster W40ZA
This piece of used equipment is currently located at our Peoria Branch. For more information on the feature, please call 309-699-4024 or submit a contact form, here. If you’re looking for other used material handling equipment, visit our website and search according to your needs.
For Sale: 2008 Hyster E40HSD
This piece of used equipment is currently located at our Indianapolis Branch. For more information on the feature, please call 317-240-6300 or submit a contact form, here. If you’re looking for other used material handling equipment, visit our website and search according to your needs.
Stan Pierce is our Rail King representative located in Des Moines, Iowa. He is responsible for our western region Rail King sales including the states of Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Missouri. Stan has been with MH Equipment for the past 2 and a half years. He started here after interviewing with Darrell Randall and initially came on board as the Western Region Sales Manager promoting the Mariotti line of products before becoming involved with the Rail King line of equipment.
Prior to coming to MH Equipment, Stan spent 14 years at Cyclone Sports Properties (a division of Learfield Sports that holds the rights to Iowa State University Athletics) as a Senior Account Executive. There he sold everything from the Cyclone Radio Network, Cyclone Television Network, to
signage at football and basketball venues to gameday programs! (He got to attend a LOT of games!)
Stan’s most rewarding experience so far at MH, has been his first Rail King sale to American Crystal Sugar. Not only was it his first sale, but the fact that he was able to sell a significant piece of equipment to a customer that had only bought competitive equipment in the past was a huge win in Stan’s book. “Some of the people involved in the process didn’t even think they could buy any other brand. There were many twists and turns during the sales process but in the end we won the battle – it was an awesome feeling! In fact, a year later I sold them another new machine at one of their other plants.”
For the past 14 years, Stan has been married to his wonderful wife Jennifer. Together they have two sons – Jordan (8th grade) and Hunter (6th grade). Both boys keep them busy with their involvement in sports, 4-H, and more. They also have two dogs that keep them busy and are a big part of the family – Zoey, the miniature pincher and Magnum, the German short-haired pointer. Stan and his family like to keep busy outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing and the occasional golf outing. Jordan and Hunter took up golfing this summer, so that means more golf for mom and dad when time permits!
Stan’s favorite sports team is the St. Louis Cardinals. “They are my favorite because I grew up a Cardinals fan as my dad was a huge fan and passed it along to me. In fact, he named me after Stan Musial one of his favorite players of his generation.” The Iowa State Cyclones take a close second place as I love college football & basketball.
One person that Stan would like to have dinner with would be Abe Lincoln. “His influence on our country was dramatic and the times he lead us through had to be extremely challenging. I think his perspective on government and politics would be very interesting. Plus, I would like to see what his personality was really like.”
Finally, one thing that most people don’t know about Stan is that he won a Gold Medal in the Iowa Games for skeet shooting about 15 years ago. (Great job!)
Please join me in thanking Stan for his hard work and dedication. We look forward to working with him in the years to come.
Let’s say that it has happened, the worst possible thing at the worst possible time, and you find yourself without the forklift that you needed to move the pallets into the waiting truck at the dock. You ask yourself “What am I going to do?”
When faced with this situation, would you place your fate into the hands of someone who might not truly understand your business needs? Would you call the local equipment rental place down the street that rents anything from a snow cone machine to all-terrain cranes? Do you think you can trust them to spec your needs out properly when their focus is on hundreds of other rental items? Or would you call someone who knows forklifts inside and out and specializes in the type of equipment you need and can get it when you need it?
MH Equipment knows forklifts – in fact, we have a rental fleet of over 2,000 of them! Whether you need a small capacity truck of 3,000 lbs or a capacity of 150,000 lbs, work in a warehouse or in a rough terrain situation, MH Equipment has you covered!
Visit our website at http://www.mhequipment.com to learn more about our rental programs and equipment. Let us keep you moving!
We are proud to highlight Steve Dahlhauser who has been with our MH family for the past 14 years! Steve has had a long career with MH Equipment - in fact, this was his first job out of college! As an an important part of our IT team, Steve’s main responsibilities include managing the network and network equipment as well as internet connections and firewalls. Steve also manages our Cisco phone system and works alongside management to conduct research & development to determine what technologies and products we could implement to benefit the company. This means that Steve will likely be the person to assist you should you need help or have issues with network and internet access or have problems with your phone.
As previously mentioned, working for MH was Steve’s first job out of college. He graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa with a degree in Compter Science. Steve is married to his lovely wife Dannelle, who also works for MH Equipment as the General Marketing Manager. Together, Steve and Dannelle have three children: Chester (12), Meadow (5), and Macey (2). As a family, the Dahlhauser’s enjoy sports -particularly Iowa Hawkeye and Miami Dolphins football, going to the Des Moines Blank Park Zoo, and just hanging out with friends and extended family.
Steve says that the most rewarding aspect of his position, (other than meeting his awesome wife and asking her out on a date) is “when the IT team can implement new technologies that improve the work experience and efficiency of our employees. I like to think that my most satisfying moment is always somewhere on the horizon as I constantly strive to look for ways to improve myself and the company through knowledge and understanding of technology and how it can be used to positively effect business operations.” Steve likes working for MH, because he enjoys that every day presents a different challenge and because most of the people the IT team works with are kind and friendly and appreciate the help the team provides. He also likes working for a company that is always looking for the next opportunity and not just resting on it’s laurels.
As for hobbies, Steve likes to consider himself a connoisseur of fine beers and has, in fact, tried over 400 different beers from at least 25 different countries! He also likes to golf, although he doesn’t get to play as much as he’d like, and is the commissioner of a fantasy football league that is going on it’s 9th year. Steve says that fantasy football draft day is one of his favorite days next to Christmas and the SuperBowl which his wife thinks is ridiculous!
Good health can aid in reducing injuries. Flexibility and strength can prevent strains and sprains. Exercise can help you sleep better during the night so you’re more aware on the job. Choosing healthier foods can help you avoid that afternoon energy slump. You don’t have to diet, or start some exercise program- just try adding some activity and healthy switches into your routine.
Consider these healthy choices.
Walking: Walking is one of the most effective ways to improve your health. Mayo Clinic website is a great resource to learn more about health and the importance of walking. Among many benefits, a few of the top reasons to walk are:
Still not convinced? Walking an extra 20 minutes a day will burn off 7 pounds of body fat in a year without even dieting! No gym membership or diet plans involved.
Weight lifting: More muscle means a higher metabolism. Studies show that a pound of muscle burns between 30-50 calories per day; whereas a pound of fat only burns 2 calories per day. Increasing your muscle mass also improves the efficiency in which your body uses sugar (which decreases your odds of getting diabetes) and can decrease your blood pressure (a risk factor for strokes). For weight training 101, click here.
Fast Food: By now, everyone knows that eating fast food for lunch every day is not very healthy. The majority of fast food offered is very high in calories, fat, and sodium- all the unhealthy stuff! Interestingly, even though we are aware of these facts, we still choose to grab our work lunches from fast food establishments. Men’s Health Magazine offeres some ”Eat This, Not That,” nutritional facts, but here are some of the best and worst choices we’ve found to help you out:
Sometimes, a little awareness and forethought can help you, your waistline and your overall health.