MH Equipment Blog

  • MH Equipment Celebrates 500 Employed Service Technicians


    MH Equipment, a material handling solutions provider in the Midwest, is celebrating a notable milestone after employing its 500th service technician. MH’s certified technicians specialize in all types of material handling equipment repair and maintenance and are entrusted to be good stewards of customers’ resources.

    John Wieland, the current CEO, purchased MH Equipment in 1994. Then a small company of 25 service technicians and 50 employees based out of Peoria, Illinois, the company has grown into an enterprise employing more than 900 people in 33 locations across 10 states.

    John said, “It is humbling to have 500 technicians choose MH as their work family. We want our technicians to know they work for a company that is most interested in their safety as they work in all kinds of environments and on all types of heavy equipment.”

    MH Equipment showed the importance of loyalty to their employees during the pandemic by keeping everyone fully employed. John said, “When our technicians didn’t have customer work, we sent them to food banks and other charities across our footprint to serve our communities. Our employees invested more than 11,000 hours in charitable organizations at this critical time.”

  • MH Equipment Receives Prestigious Hyster-Yale Group Awards


    MH Equipment recently received two major awards from Hyster-Yale Group for its focused leadership and drive for success, despite the worldwide uncertainty last year – the 2020 Hyster Dealer of Distinction and 2020 Yale Dealer of Excellence awards.

    MH Equipment had a record-setting year with seven recognitions being awarded across its regions. MH’s Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio South, and Indianapolis regions were recognized as 2020 Hyster dealers of distinction, and the Ohio North region was awarded the 2020 Yale Dealer of Excellence award. MH Equipment’s Iowa region was recognized with both awards.

    To achieve the prestige of these recognitions, dealers must meet rigorous business practice standards and performance criteria that are modified regularly to ensure alignment with ever-evolving customer expectations and heightened industry demands. They must also demonstrate excellence in a variety of areas, including new unit sales, aftermarket options, customer satisfaction, and more.

    To make those accomplishments even more significant, MH Equipment is also one of only two dealers to have received both a Hyster Dealer of Distinction and a Yale Dealer of Excellence award for its work in 2020.

    “We are grateful to earn such recognitions and are proud of all of our employees,” said Woody Hartwell, President of Sales and Marketing at MH Equipment. “The standards to be a Hyster Dealer of Distinction or Yale Dealer of Excellence are very high and challenging to reach in a normal year. To have seven of our regions achieve this special accomplishment in such a challenging year is amazing – and we feel blessed.”

  • MH Engineered Solutions Receives Industry Award for 8th Consecutive Year


    MH Engineered Solutions has been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award for 2021 for their accomplishments in 2020. For the eighth year in a row, MH Engineered Solutions has earned an MVP Award from the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association).

    Award recipients must satisfy a rigorous set of criteria with less than 10 percent of the association’s membership earning the award. As a 2021 MVP, MH Engineered Solutions has successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism, and good stewardship.

    To qualify for the annual MVP Award, companies are required to provide evidence of their commitment to their partners in business, including their customers, employees and suppliers. They must satisfy criteria in the following important areas:

    •        Industry Advocacy

    •        Customer Service & Safety Practices

    •        Business Networking

    •        Continuing Education

    •        Business Best Practices

    “This award is difficult to achieve without a companywide commitment to excellence in education, networking, and community service. The companies that earn this distinction from MHEDA are the premier materials handling providers in the industry,” said Mike Wall, 2020 MHEDA Chairman of the Board and President of CSI Materials Handling in Westmont, IL.

    In response to receiving the award for the eighth consecutive year, Scott Hennie, President of MH Engineered Solutions, said: “We are grateful to receive the MHEDA MVP distinction again, as this award supports our company Vison, Mission, and Values by providing the opportunity to support our clients by being consultative in nature and good stewards of their resources. Being an MHEDA MVP also supports our commitment to our employees by providing a safe and encouraging environment that recognizes integrity, inspires passion, and enables personal growth.”

  • MH Equipment Receives Industry Performance Award for 6th Consecutive Year


    For the sixth year in a row, MH Equipment has been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award for 2021 from the material handling industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association). The award is based on various accomplishments in 2020.

    To earn the award, recipients must satisfy a rigorous set of criteria – so rigorous, in fact, that less than 10 percent of the association’s membership receive the award. As a 2021 MVP, MH Equipment has successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism, and good stewardship.

    To qualify for the annual MVP Award, companies are required to provide evidence of their commitment to their partners in business, including their customers, employees, and suppliers. To be eligible, the company must participate in a “give back” program or activity, as well as satisfy specific criteria in the following areas:

    • Industry Advocacy

    • Business Best Practices

    • Customer Service & Safety Practices

    • Continuing Education

    • Business Networking

    Having met and exceeded that criteria in 2020, the recognition has MH Equipment looking forward to another year of delivering responsible, quality solutions to customers, growing relationships with suppliers, and supporting employees in both personal and professional growth endeavors.

    “We are always thankful to be recognized as an MHEDA MVP Award recipient. This honor is made possible because of our employees and their commitments to providing innovative solutions, as well as our strong customer and supplier relationships. This year is especially gratifying, as it helps us celebrate the 11,000 hours of voluntary work our employees invested back into their communities during this challenging year. We look forward to earning this award next year,” said Woody Hartwell, President, MH Equipment.

  • MH Equipment’s Decatur branch moves to new facility


    New location offers room to grow, expanded service

    After outgrowing our old facility, MH Equipment’s Decatur branch has upgraded to a larger space! You can find us at our new address:

    MH Equipment
    2440 N Woodford Street
    Decatur, IL 62526

    The facility features a larger shop area to accommodate more service and repair work, as well as a new showroom to showcase new, used, and rental equipment. With some much-needed room to grow, the MH Equipment Decatur branch is looking forward to increasing our staff of qualified technicians, adding additional equipment to our rental fleet, as well as housing an even larger parts inventory.

    “We are very excited to expand our material handling operations in the Decatur area,” said Amy Bailey, Director of Operations for MH Equipment’s Central region. “We believe the additional space in our new facility will give us more room to grow our services while helping us meet our customers’ equipment and service needs more effectively. This move was made possible because of the hard work and dedication of our Decatur branch team members, as well as the continued support of MH Equipment’s leadership team.”

    MH Equipment is a full-service material handling dealership. In addition to providing the highest quality equipment from many of the industry’s top brands, MH Equipment offers a variety of comprehensive solutions, from simple routine maintenance to all-inclusive fleet management programs. At MH Equipment, it’s our belief our customers’ focus should be on their core business. Our team stands ready to deliver unparalleled value and service so you do what you do best.

    We are excited to continue offering full-service material handling solutions to our customers in the Decatur area from our new location!

  • Happy National Forklift Safety Day

    National Forklift Safety Day is June 9th, 2020. To celebrate our CEO, John Wieland, and COO, Coit Edison, wanted to share the value our employees bring to MH Equipment and how we make it our goal for every employee to go home safely at the end of every day. Safety is important to think about every day - Do your part to Stay Safe in the Moment!