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  • 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


    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.

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  • 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!

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    2005 Hyster S50FT


    This feature is currently located at our Cincinnati Branch. Call 513-681-2200 for more information or fill out a contact form, here.

  • Best of the Best!

    Three of MH Equipment’s divisions have been honored as MHEDA’s Best of the Best!

    MHEDA is proud to recognize its members who have been identified by their manufacturers and suppliers as Top Distributors. MHEDA distributors are routinely ranked among the best in the material handling industry.” (

    Congratulations to all those honored and especially to our MH teams located in Des Moines, Peoria, and Cincinnati!

    Check out the entire list!

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    For Sale: 2003 Hyster H50XM-C

    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.


  • Meet Jim Willis

    Jim Willis is our Material Handling Specialist at our East Peoria,Illinois Branch where he has successfully managed the East Peoria, Ottawa, and Decatur area for the past 14 years. Before coming to MH, Jim marketed industrial engines for Ford Power Products, a division of Ford Motor Company. “I sold some parts to MH at the old Peoria branch one day and the parts manager at the time told me that MH was recently purchased and was looking for an aftermarket rep. I put in my application and the rest is history!

    When asked what he likes most about working for MH Equipment, Jim said “I really enjoy my colleagues at work especially the sales team. I work with a group of people that you can count on. We have a really good camaraderie among the sales group. We really support each other. Being at MH for 14 years, it is so awesome to have been a part of its growth. I think MH is really passionate about the communities and the people it serves!”

    On a personal side, Jim is happily married with a son from a previous marriage who is 16 and two step daughters and step grandkids. His son is very active in sports, so Jim attends a lot of football and basketball games. “Until recently, I forgot just how fun attending high school sporting events was!” Jim also likes to spend time with his family, especially during the holidays with Thanksgiving being his favorite. Jim is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but says that a good burger or BBQ will always get his attention!

    Something that not everyone knows about Jim is that he is a passionate musician and actually plays in several local bands in the Peoria area and his church. “I have been a musician pretty much all of my life. I started playing drums when I was 6 years old and started playing professionally in bands when I was 12. Music and drumming are a big part of my life. I enjoy it as much today as I did when I first started playing. I’m a believer that you’re never too old for learning or doing something you’re passionate about.”  When asked if there was a particular musician that Jim would like to have dinner with, he replied “I was actually asked this question awhile ago and above all of the famous musicians I would have like to have met, I still say my dad. He passed away when I was 16 and I would love just to sit down with him and have a long talk. We have some catching up to do.”

    Jim says that although he hates to admit it, he’s been a pathetic Cubs fan all his life. Apparently when you’re born into his family, you cheer for the Cubs. He loves Wrigley Field and attending games at the friendly confines! He also enjoys Bears football and Illini basketball.

     Please join me in thanking Jim for his years of service to MH Equipment! Keep up the good work!

  • Prevent Fatigue!

    Thousands of people each day feel the effects of fatigue while at work. Fatigue in the workplace is a genuine concern because  it can cause so many accidents to occur. 

    What Are the Possible Causes of Fatigue?

    Fatigue can be caused by a number of things. Below is a list of the most common causes for fatigue at work.

    How Does Fatigue Effect Your Ability To Work?

    What Are The Symptoms of Fatigue At Work?

    Preventing Fatigue At Work

    There are certain things you can do to help prevent fatigue at work. The list below will help you prevent any accidents from fatigue while you are at work.

    Always remember to Be Safe in the Moment – Prevent Fatigue!

    Thank you Workplace Safety Experts for the Preventing Fatigue in the Workplace tips!

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    The past two weeks, we have been featuring a piece of used equipment on our Facebook Fan Page. Here is today’s ReSale Feature of the Week:

    2008 Hyster S40FTS

    If interested or want more information, fill out a contact form or call our Davenport Branch at (563) 381-9989. For more ReSale options, visit our website. Please consider subscribing to our blog if you’re interested in learning more about our used equipment. [slideshow]

  • Meet Erik James

     Erik James is our newest Material Handling Specialist at our Columbus,Ohio Branch. He just recently joined us in February of this year, so I guess he can technically still be considered a ‘newbie’.  Erik was recruited to MH Equipment by Brian Wolfe, our Construction Equipment Specialist in the Cincinnati area, from Hilti, Inc. where he was a Civil Specialist selling civil engineering equipment to the construction industry.

    During his time at MH Equipment, Erik says that the thing he likes most about working for MH is the people he gets to work with on a daily basis; and he says that his most memorable experience thus far was his first Hyster sale to a Columbus trucking company.

    When he’s not working, Erik likes to spend time with his beautiful wife Bergen Lynn and their two children, Becket who is 3 and Zoe who is 1. Together they like spending time at the pool or Buckeye Lake (Ohio’s oldest state park!). Erik is also considered the ‘get-together’ guy in his social circle – frequently organizing and planning social events. Finally, when he’s not organizing social events or spending time with family, you can find Erik snow skiing or watching his favorite baseball team, the Cleveland Indians, play ball. (When asked why they were his favorite team, Erik simply replied “Because I’m a glutton for punishment….” Ouch.)

    Erik says that Kurt Cobain is the one person in history that he would like to have dinner with. “There really isn’t a deep meaning behind wanting to have dinner with Kurt Cobain, I just grew up listening to his music and he was very influential in my childhood.  I’d like to ask him what was so wrong in his life that he needed to end it.  Most musicians love music, make good money and entertain people, or want to change the way society feels and thinks about issues at hand…he accomplished all three during and after his life.”

    Please join me in welcoming aboard Erik James to the MH family – we look forward to his many years at MH Equipment!

  • A Forklift Safety Awareness Quiz – Answers!

    How familiar are you with forklifts and their safe operation? Take this quiz and find out. (Answers below in RED)

    1.) It is very easy to tip over on ramps and sloped surfaces whether the forklift is loaded or unloaded.
    a.) True. b.) False.

    2.) When driving on ramps with a grade of 10 percent or more with a loaded forklift, you must always keep the load uphill, even if it means driving in reverse down the ramp.
    a.) True. b.) False.

    3.) Because a forklift weighs more, it is much easier to brake to a stop than an automobile.
    a.) True. b.) False.

    4.) A forklift driver must always look…
    a.) In the mirrors.
    b.) Around his/her load.
    c.) In the direction of travel.
    d.) Forward.

    5.) What should you do when you approach an intersection?
    a.) Slow down and sound the horn.
    b.) Check for hazards by leaning out of the cab.
    c.) Turn slowly and smoothly.
    d.) Get through as quickly as possible.

    6.) To lift people using a forklift, the operator must…
    a.) Lift people with bare forks.
    b.) Use a pallet to provide a platform.
    c.) Move a truck near a wall for fall protection.
    d.) None of the above.

    7.) When forward visibility is obstructed or blocked…
    a.) Look around the load.
    b.) Proceed forward slowly and with due caution.
    c.) Drive in reverse.
    d.) None of the above.

    8.) Never enter a trailer or railroad car unless…
    a.) The watchman is present.
    b.) The forklift’s fuel tank and battery are fully charged.
    c.) The trailer or railcar is locked in place with wheel chocks.
    d.) There is a spotter inside the trailer or railroad car.

    9.) A forklift operator’s first concern should be…
    a.) Increasing the speed of loading and unloading.
    b.) Making sure the vehicle is in safe working condition.
    c.) Checking shift changes for the load/unload schedule.
    d.) Stabilizing the forks on all trucks used in a shift.

    10.) Which of the following is a warning sign that the forklift may need to be taken out of service and repaired?
    a.) Leaks for the fuel system.
    b.) A brake pedal that feels spongy.
    c.) Exhaust fumes that make you feel sick.
    d.) All of the above.

    How many wrong answers are permissible? In the workplace: zero.
    Whenever forklift drivers perform their duties incorrectly, such incidents open the door to accidents, injuries or death, which in turn can lead to workers’ compensation expenses, lost productivity, raised insurance premiums, lowered employee morale, and penalties from OSHA.

    “When every forklift operator at your company has passed a training and certification program that observes OSHA regulations,” said Mr. Mangan, “you’ve taken a major step toward fostering a safer workplace.”

    Thank you to MANCOMM Video Series trainer’s instruction manual for these throught provoking questions. Call MH Equipment to learn more about our Operator Safety Training classes at 888-564-2191 or contact us at

    Remember to Be Safe in the Moment!