MH Equipment Blog


  • Employee Highlight – Meet Dave Adams!

    Dave Adams is an Aftermarket representative located in our Columbus, Ohio branch. He has been with MH Equipment a little over two years and came to us from the local Komatsu dealer where he sold lift trucks and parts and service. Once he heard there was an Aftermarket position available with MH, he was quick to apply! We’re glad he did, because he brings years of material handling experience!

    Since coming to MH, Dave says that his most rewarding experience was signing a 3-year service agreement with a major airline repair facility; closely followed by the time he won a 37” TV for an internal aftermarket sales incentive contest. As for what he likes most about working for MH Equipment, Dave says “great people, working together to solve customer problems is very rewarding and not to mention that the company’s credibility is outstanding.”

    On a personal note, Dave resides in Canal Winchester, Ohio with his wife Kristina and their two sons, Clay (16) and Colt (3). Together they like spending quality family time and just recently took a beach vacation that was a lot of fun. Dave likes to work on cars and motorcycles (which he has done for as long as he can remember) and says that he thinks the troubleshooting involved with these repairs helps him with troubleshooting when it comes to aftermarket sales as well. He also likes to spend time boating or fishing and participates in a golf league with his dad.

    We won’t hold it against him, but Dave is a New York Jets fan and has been since his mom bought him a Joe Namath poster when he was a little boy. This love of football carried on into his teen years and Dave was a part of the All City football team for 3 years!

    Please join me in thanking Dave for sharing a little about himself and for all the hard work and dedication he has shown since being a member of the MH family!

  • Be Safe in the Moment – Trash Safety!

    Emptying the trash is a common occurrence at work. We want to empty it on a regular basis so it doesn’t overflow onto the floor or block aisles. Glance to see if anything looks like it doesn’t belong in the trash. Something may have fallen or been put in accidentally. Be cautious when reaching into the trash because it may contain sharp objects. Please read through the list of other safety tips when dealing with trash.

    WHAT TO WEAR

    TRASH HANDLING

    AT THE DUMPSTER

    Whenever handling trash, remember to use proper body mechanics and protect your back!

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    For Sale: 2005 Hyster S50FT

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    This piece of used equipment is currently located at our St. Louis Branch. For more information on the feature, please call 314-567-9250 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.

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  • Lifesong for Orphans

    Have you ever wanted to make a difference in the life of a child? To help provide a child in need with the basic necessities of food, clothing, medical care, and shelter? To help provide him or her with a quality education as they learn fundamental Christian principles in a loving and supportive environment?

    At MH Equipment, we wanted to give our employees an opportunity to do just that and that is why we selected Lifesong for Orphans as one of our four corporate charities. As one of our corporate charities, our employees are given the opportunity to help support Lifesong through automatic payroll deduction.

    Lifesong for Orphans is an organization founded by Gary and Marla Ringger with the sole purpose of “bringing joy and purpose to orphans” by coming alongside people that are uniquely positioned to make a difference in a child’s life. Whether this be Christian couples eligible for adoption, indigenous orphan care leaders, churches, or missionaries.

    “Our Children” will have:

    Lifesong for Orphans is an amazing organization doing amazing things to make a difference in the lives of many children. MH Equipment is proud to sponsor Lifesong for Orphans.

    To learn more about Lifesong for Orphans, visit their website at http://www.lifesongfororphans.org.

  • Be Safe in the Moment – Watch Your Road Rage!

    Have you ever been cut off in traffic? Another driver ever ride your bumper and you were going the speed limit? Have you ever witnessed someone honking, making obscene gestures, or yelling at other drivers? Maybe you have even done some of these things?????? Did you  know that these are all signs of road rage?

    Road rage is defined as violent or visibly angry behavior by a driver of a motor vehicle which can result in crashes or other incidents on roadways. It also called an extreme case of aggressive driving.


    The following are possible signs of road rage or aggressive driving:

    Ways to Avoid Road Rage

    Road rage is a growing concern among motorists these days. It’s become so much of a danger in some areas that legislation is being considered to punish offenders with more severity than ever before. Road rage is avoidable by using common sense – and letting your ego take a backseat. So, be Safe in the Moment and practice the tips above to avoid being a road rage victim.

    http://www.flhsmv.gov/safetytips/RoadRage.htm

    http://www.foremost.com/safety/rv-safety/preventing-road-rage.htm

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    For Sale: 2006 Hyster H50FT

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    This piece of used equipment is currently located at our St Louis branch. For more information on the feature, please call 314-567-9250 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.

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  • Meet Josh Ford

    Josh Ford has been an Aftermarket Representative based out of our Bowling Green, Kentucky Branch for the past five years. Before joining MH, Josh worked for a nation-wide medical supply distributor. At the time, his son was only a couple of years old and his current job required extensive travel – “I really wanted to spend more time at home with my family instead of in the air with strangers.” Therefore, Josh began to search for a company that understood the family/work balance and MH Equipment was a perfect fit!  

    During his time at MH, Josh has had the priviledge of landing some significant sales, but says that even the small sales are rewarding. “I get the same satisfaction every time any customer awards me with an order”.  In addition to working with customers, Josh also enjoys working at MH Equipment because he enjoys his co-workers and appreciates working for a company that appreciates it’s employees.

    To get to know Josh personally, he is married to his wife Cara and together they have two children, Tyler (8) and Allison (3). Together the family really enjoys sports. “We’re fortunate that both our kids enjoy sports as much as we do, so a lot of sports are played at our house.” – and when asked what his favorite sports team is, Josh replied “UK Wildcats – is there anyone else???” (Obviously Josh and Marshall Karem must have great conversations on how the Wildcats are sure to get their eighth banner this year!)

    For fun, Josh also likes canoeing, golfing, fishing, playing basketball and baseball, as well as deer and turkey hunting.  I think it’s safe to say that Josh is a good ol’ southern boy with his love of the outdoors and good hearty meals. His favorite meal consists of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and finished off with blackberry cobbler and one scoop of vanilla ice cream. (YUM!) 

    We asked Josh to name one person in history he would like to have dinner with and he said, “The one person I would choose to have dinner with would be Mark Twain – given his writings, humor, and experiences, I think it would be a very entertaining dinner!” (Hopefully Mr. Twain likes blackberry cobbler!)

    Please join me in thanking Josh for his commitment to MH Equipment and his customers! You can reach Josh at jford@mhequipment.com.

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  • Why Rent from MH Equipment?

    Despite the positive economic trend of 2011, most companies are still slow to invest in material handling equipment. This means that forklift dealers are seeing an increase in both parts and service as older equipment is being used longer AND an increase in rentals since capital purchases are still (for the most part) being avoided.

    MH Equipment offers quality late model Hyster, Yale, and JCB (amongst other makes of) rental equipment as a solution to our customers that are facing these situations.  The object being, of course, to provide a temporary solution to our customers as well as introduce them to the level of quality seen in our rental units – that way when they are prepared to purchase a new unit, they know what to expect from both MH Equipment and our OEMs. Beyond that of course, our rental customers enjoy a lot of other benefits seen with rental units:

    If you think you could use some additional equipment but have questions, give our rental department a call at 888-564-2191. We’ll be happy to work with you.

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    Special thanks to Kyle Thill.

  • IT Team Highlight – Meet Brett Stevens!

    A new series on our MH Equipment blog will be to highlight members of our IT team. This week we are highlighting Brett Stevens from our Chillicothe Corporate location.

    We are proud to highlight Brett Stevens who has been with our MH family for the past three years. Brett is an important part of our IT team with his main responsibilities being maintenance of our company data center which includes the main file and mail servers, desktop support and asset management, and hardware ordering and research. This means that Brett will likely be the person to assist you should you need help or have issues with computer hardware, need to install additional software, have a new user to set up, or need access to specific files or folders.

    Before coming to MH Equipment, Brett worked as a Network Administrator for Devonshire Realty located in Champaign, Illinois until they downsized and he found MH Equipment. (We’re lucky he did!)

    Brett says that the most rewarding aspect of his position, is knowing that he is a key part of keeping all our employees up and running and working as efficiently as possible. In addition to the satisfaction he gets from helping others, Brett enjoys working for MH, because he likes working for a company that sincerely cares about their employees. Brett’s servant heart fits right in at MH Equipment!

    When he’s not working, Brett likes to spend time with his wife of nine years, Brandy, and their three boys, Brendan (8), Austin (6), and Caleb (3).  Together they love to fish, play sports, and find new ice cream shacks to try. Brett also enjoys volunteering as a coach for the boys’ baseball teams and is the Cub Master for his son Brendan’s cub scout pack.

    When asked what person in history he would like to have dinner with (it will most likely be anything Mexican or Italian because those are his favorite!), Brett responded “Bill Gates – So I could ask him why he had to release Windows ME!”

    And finally – one unique thing that most people don’t know about Brett is that he is actually an officiator at Jr high, high school, and small college level football and basketball games. (Wow! He’s a busy guy!)

    Please join me in thanking Brett for all his hard work and dedication as a member of our IT team! Remember to enter an IT ticket for all your hardware, software, and server needs – and be expecting a phone call or email from Brett in response!

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  • Discuss Good Driving Habits

    As a part of being Safe in the Moment, it is important to evaluate how you drive on a regular basis. You need to be aware of how your mood or attitude can affect the way you drive and to be aware of potential driving habits that may be a nuisance to other drivers. Always be considerate in traffic to avoid accidents, injuries, or near misses.

    These things may seem like common sense, but it’s the little things that can be so frustrating. Read through the list and see if you can come up with other items that could become a driving safety issue.

    Things to consider:

    • Do not drive with your left foot on the brake. Your brake lights are constantly on and drivers behind you can’t tell when you are serious about braking.

    • Red lights are not a suggestion. Always look before entering an intersection in case someone is running through the red light which happens quite often.

    • Stay alert and don’t totally trust your GPS. Sometimes they do not give much warning when to make a turn.

    • Make well calculated lane changes and use your signal. Avoid crossing several lanes of traffic to exit. Anticipate the exit and change lanes well in advance.

    • Make sure your lights, horn, wipers, etc. are working properly. If you are driving a rental or unfamiliar car, check the location of these items ahead of time.

    • A red flashing stop light means stop. Be sure to stop at a red flashing light and do not enter the intersection until it is clear. It may not be a 4 way stop, but oncoming traffic may have a flashing yellow.

    • Be aware of heavy traffic or construction and slow down.

    • Maintain a constant speed and do not speed up when someone is trying to pass you.

    • Limit distractions: cell phone, eating, drinking, GPS, etc.

    Remember to Be Safe in the Moment and practice good driving habits!

     

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  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    For Sale: 2004 Hyster H50XM

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    This piece of used equipment is currently located at our Davenport Branch. For more information on the feature, please call 563-381-9989 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.

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  • Meet Jeremy McKim

    Jeremy McKim is our Operations Manager and Material Handling Specialist in our Ottumwa,Iowa branch where he has very successfully help grow the Ottumwa branch for the past 11 years. Jeremy comes to MH Equipment from Vermeer Manufacturing where he worked in the maintenance department.

    Having worked in the maintenance department, Jeremy believes that is his area of expertise when it comes to being a consultant to his customers. He understands the challenges that they face on a daily basis and therefore feels confident in the recommendations that he is able to provide. Jeremy has been instrumental in gaining numerous large accounts for MH Equipment – we all think it’s his small town charm!  

    As a majority of our employee highlights have mentioned, what Jeremy likes most about working for MH Equipment is the people of MH – the small family atmosphere of the Ottumwa branch – and the overall passion and purpose of the company. He says that his most rewarding experience since joining MH has been the relationships that have been created as a result of his business dealings – some of his customers have actually turned into friends!

    On a personal note, Jeremy is married to his lovely wife April, who also happens to be our administrative assistant at the Ottumwa branch. Together they have three children: Clayton who is 13, Kirsten who is 10, and Krissa who is 4. As a family they enjoy doing many outdoor activities such as riding four wheelers, going on vacations, camping, and boating. That fits right into Jeremy’s favorite past time which is fishing.

    If there was one person that Jeremy would like to have dinner with, he said it would have to be Albert Einstein – “I think we have the same IQ level”. (Right….) And if there was one thing that most people don’t know about Jeremy, it would be that he is an AWS “American Welding Standard” certified welder in all positions with ARC, Mig, Tig, and Submerged Arc. (That’s awesome!)

    Please join me in saying “Thank you” to Jeremy for an excellent job done in our Ottumwa branch. We look forward to working with him for many years to come!

  • NACCO Receives Carolina Star Safety Award!

    NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), Greenville, N.C., the maker of Hyster and Yale lift trucks, was awarded the Carolina Star Safety Award at a ceremony on Aug. 2 that was hosted by the North Carolina Department of Labor.

    In order to qualify for the award, a company needs to pass an initial assessment to prove its facilities are safe, healthy and productive work environments. NMHG joins a group of 135 North Carolina sites that received the award.

    “NMHG would like to express our gratitude to the North Carolina Department of Labor and Pitt County (North Carolina) Chamber of Commerce,” says John Gardiner, general manager Americas Manufacturing, NMHG. “We are incredibly honored and humbled to be named a Carolina Star Safety Award recipient and join the ranks of Kimberly-Clarke, Pfizer, Frito-Lay and Georgia Pacific, to name a few. It has been a wonderful year of safety milestones for our company, and we couldn’t have done it without our dedicated employees.”

    In addition to receiving the Carolina Star Safety Award at the ceremony, NMHG was honored with the North Carolina Department of Labor Million-Hour Safety Award and Gold Safety Award for the seventh consecutive year.

    Million-Hour Safety Awards are given to firms that accumulate one million employee hours with no case of injury or illness involving days away from work. Last year, NMHG reached three-million hours without a lost time accident in its Greenville, N.C., facility. Gold Safety Awards include cases of days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer.

    Courtesy of http://www.cdrecycler.com

  • IT Team Highlight – Meet Mark Miller

    A new series on our MH Equipment blog will be to highlight members of our IT team. This week we are highlighting Mark Miller from our Louisville branch.

    We are proud to highlight Mark Miller who has been with our MH family for the past fourteen years! Mark is an instrumental part of our IT team with his main responsibilities being for Microsoft and NACCO software. This means that Mark will likely be the person to assist you should you need help or have issues with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc), Mocha, or the NACCO dealer sites.   He is currently in the process of obtaining his Microsoft certification on Windows 7 in order to better serve his internal customers!

    Before coming to MH Equipment, Mark spent some time in the IT department of a local furniture manufacturer. He says that he actually never even applied for the job here - he had a friend that worked for a staffing company who sent in his resume. The next thing he knew, he was being called in for an interview!

    Mark says that the thing he likes most about working for MH is definitely the people! He has known several since his first day here and considers some to be almost family. When asked what his most rewarding and satisfying experience has been during his tenure at MH Equipment, Mark says that helping the former Shipping Utilities and Gammon employees join the MH family was very rewarding. A close second was then he won the closest to the hole competition at one of our company golf scrambles – on his very first game!  

    Home improvement projects and farm land management are a couple of Mark’s many hobbies along with hiking and camping on his back forty. Mark also likes to spend time with his 20-year-old son who he has raised nearly single-handedly since he was 2 – “Since my son has been 16, we’ve spent a lot more time keeping his car running than anything.” Mark says.  

    When asked what person in history he would like to have dinner with, Mark responded “Isaac Asimov – he’s probably the most prolific and diverse author of the 20th century.” (Did you know that Isaac Asimov has written or edited more than 500 science fiction and popular science books according to wikipedia?!)

    And finally – one unique thing that most people would never guess about Mark is that he used to wear an earring and ride a motorcycle! … I think I might need to see a picture of that! 

    Please join me in thanking Mark for all his hard work and dedication as a member of our IT team! Remember to enter an IT ticket for all your Microsoft and NACCO software issues – and be expecting a phone call or email from Mark in response!

  • Don’t Hurry, Be Happy!

    “It’s better to arrive late in this world than early in the next.” 

    Hurrying is a common cause of injuries and one of the main reasons we forget to be Safe in the Moment. Hurrying is the reason we:

     Whether at work or at home, it is hard to stop and take the time to do an activity safely unless we consider the possible outcome.

     For example:

     We hurry when we are trying to catch up. Feeling rushed takes up space in your brain and can lead to a mistake. The control for this easily-but-seldom-dealt-with hazard is to slow down, think about what you are doing, and do it safe in this moment.

     The reality of hurrying through any job is that it leads to mistakes. Mistakes lead to injuries and an inferior product. 

    Remember to Be Safe in the Moment – Don’t Hurry, Be Happy!