• Columbus Hi-Lite



    A few interesting facts of importance surround the Columbus Operation of MH Equipment.  Columbus is the largest city in the state of Ohio; is also the State Capital; is the home to three professional sports teams (Columbus Blue Jackets NHL, Columbus Crew Major League Soccer, Clippers baseball team – the minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) but most important of all is that Columbus is the home of The Ohio State University and the 2009 Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champion Buckeye Football Team.  Columbus eats, sleeps, and dreams Buckeye football 24/7/365.  Not just during college football season, but every day of every year it is all about Buckeye Football.  We even had over 90,000 fans at the spring inter-squad football game last year.  Central Ohio is football crazy and even more so when it comes to the Bucks.  If you ever come to visit the Columbus store on a Friday during football season, you can count on seeing many of the associates wearing an Ohio State jersey, an OSU polo shirt, or an OSU sweatshirt.  It is all about the Bucks!

    The Columbus branch, actually in Grove City just on the south side of Columbus, became part of the MH family January 1, 2003.  Prior to that date it was under Hyster Mid-East for approximately 4 years and was originally part of the Bode Finn Company which started operations in 1934 and opened the Columbus store in 1972.  Way back then Bode Finn not only had Hyster for the Columbus operation, but also housed an AWP (aerial work platform) business that included over 300 AWP’s in the rental fleet the last couple of years prior to the sale to Hyster Mid-East and Nations Rent (another long story for another time!).

    Columbus still has almost a dozen people that were part of the Bode Finn operation, including Mark Murphy – 35 years Road Tech; Jim Chainey 25 years Waste Reduction Road Tech, and Tim Duty 22 years Road Tech. The management group for Columbus has some experience as well.  Mark Dacken (Service Manager) has been here for 10 years,  Kim Freetage (District Rental Manager) is a 12 year veteran and Joe Lerner (Parts Manager) is a 12 year team member as well.

     The People make the branch so visit Columbus and meet some of your friends at MH Equipment.

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