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  • Louisville Champions Fundraising Effort to Benefit Local Food Pantry

    During the recent Battle of the Branches, MH vs. Hunger,  the team in Louisville took a different approach to make the most of their donations.  Donna Petty, Service Coordinator, championed a fundraising effort for Dare to Care Food Bank.  Because of their purchasing power, Dare to Care was able to turn every quarter donated into a dollars worth of food!

    In addition to providing food to hundreds of emergency kitchens, shelters and food pantries, Dare to Care operates several programs targeting the most vulnerable in the community.  Last year Dare to Care distributed food for 13 million meals to those in need in the 13 county Kentuckiana service area.

    In addition to the 200 food  items donated, the Louisville branch also contributed $810.00 dollars, or $3240.00 “Dare to Care dollars”.

    Joe Bradley, Construction Rental Manager said “We really feel we got more bang for the buck that way!  Under the tremendous leadership of the amazing Ms. Petty, we feel that indeed we pulled together to support a very worthy cause and made a difference.”

    Great job, Louisville!


  • MH Equipment vs. Hunger 2013

    Lexington, KY – May 15, 2013:  MH Equipment held their 3rd annual “Battle of the Branches” to benefit local food pantries during the month of April.  All 26 MH Equipment branches participated in collecting over 15,000 food items for food pantries in their communities. John Wieland, CEO said “Not everyone has enough food to put on their table. We feel blessed and honored that we are able to give back to our community food banks.”

    The Lexington branch claimed their second Battle of the Branches competition in three years by collecting 2,434 items (152 items per employee) and earned the rights to another year with the Battle of the Branches traveling trophy!   More importantly, they will receive a $500.00 donation from the His First Foundation to their community food bank of choice, God’s Pantry Food Bank, which serves 50 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

    Wieland adds, “A carpenter once said ‘it is more blessed to give than receive’. This is true and I am humbled by the giving nature of MH Equipment’s employees and thank them for their contributions. Congratulations to Lexington on their Battle of the Branches win!”

    About MH Equipment 

    MH Equipment is a privately owned business founded in 1952 that today employs more than 700 workers across the Midwest. Beginning as one of the smallest Hyster forklift dealerships in the United States, MH Equipment has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing material handling service providers in the country, now with 26 locations in 10 states.

    MH Equipment offers new and used Hyster and Yale* lift trucks, aerial work platforms, floor cleaning equipment, personnel carriers, rail car movers and other industrial, janitorial and material handling equipment. (*Select locations)

    The MH Equipment family of companies also includes MH JCB which sells new and pre-owned JCB construction equipment, Iowa Machinery which sells industrial chemicals, parts and supplies, MH Fleet that provides fleet management solutions, MH Railcar Mover that offers new and used railcar movers and MH Used Equipment that features used equipment. For more information, including employment opportunities, visit

    About His First Foundation

    At MH Equipment, we believe that providing exceptional customer service is a core building block for every business. However, as a company we also believe that it is as equally important for OUR business to fulfil the opportunities, placed before us daily, to improve the communities in which we live. We feel it is our responsibility to come alongside our employees in their charitable efforts in order to make positive impacts in the lives of those around us.

    For this purpose, in 2001 we established our His First Foundation. Our Foundation was created to support our employees’ passions with their charitable efforts in the areas of faith, secular good works, and acts of kindness.

    Faith-Based Organizations
    “His First Foundation” will support non-denominational organizations whose mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ as well as meeting the physical needs of people in His Name. Local churches and national denominations are exempt from this foundation.

    Secular “Good Works” Organizations
    “His First Foundation” will support organizations that perform “good works” for a community whose values are consistent with the Foundation.

    Acts of Kindness
    “His First Foundation” will come alongside people in need that are suffering because of circumstances completely out of their control.

  • Take MH out to the ballgame!

    MH Equipment was contacted by a Producer at ESPN  to rent material handling equipment.   The equipment was needed to move in items for the coverage of the St Louis Cardinals‘  Monday Night Baseball game.   Peggy Alexander, from our St. Louis branch was on hand to get a few shots of the action!  Thanks Peggy!

  • Equipment Feature | 2005 Hyster S50FT

    2005 Hyster S50FT



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  • MH Equipment & Habitat for Humanity of Iowa

    MH Equipment Des Moines was recently contacted by Habitat for Humanity of Iowa to help with a delivery of drywall that they received to complete their new office location. Within minutes, Mike DeFrancisco, Rental Manager, had coordinated for delivery of a truck and the donation of our time and equipment to make this happen!  Mike was on hand to run the Hyster fork truck and get the delivery off the truck in a safe and timely manner.

    Thank you Mike!

  • Share your good news about MH Equipment!

    Today or any day that phone may ring and bring good news.
                                                                                                  ~ Ethel Waters 

    There are exciting things occurring at MH Equipment all the time! Our sales representatives, parts personnel, office team members, managers, owners and more are taking innovative approaches to solving material handling challenges for our customers each and every day. We want to help publicize that good news!

    Please tell us about newsworthy happenings in your area, including events, awards, honors, and interesting material handling solutions, or even human interest stories about MH Equipment helping our communities achieve excellence. And don’t forget to include a picture!!

    If your news is shared on our MH Equipment blog or intranet page, you’ll receive a $20 credit to our MH Equipment apparel store. Submit news to Dannelle Dahlhauser at

  • Equipment Feature | 1997 JLG N35 Scissor / Boom Lift

    JLG N35 Scissor / Boom Lift



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  • Equipment Feature | 2010 Yale GLP070

    2010 Yale GLP070VX-4


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  • The Story of the Forklift Truck

    Since it’s invention, the forklift has drastically contributed to the high efficiency rates of modern day manufacturing. This is the story of how this magnificent piece of equipment came to be.

    The first World War saw the first major developments in material handling equipment following Pennsylvania Railroads introduction of battery powered platform trucks for moving luggage in 1906. The early 1900?s brought United States companies Clark, Towmotor and Yale & Towne onto the scene with their versions of forklifts. The second World War brought even more advancements and by the late 1950?s Toyota had entered the market and the industry began to form itself into what we are a part of today.

    Modern forklifts are quite different than the originals. In the beginning there were only a few standard models with low capacities but now there are over a hundred design types including: hand pallet, walkie, low lift, towing tractor, stacker, reach, electric counterbalance, internal combustion, electric, telescopic handler, order picker, articulated counterbalance, narrow aisle, omni-directional, UL safety rated and many more.

    In today’s manufacturing world you will find lift trucks operating in thousands of different environments. On one end of the spectrum are forklifts from companies like Mariotti that can fit thru a standard doorway and transport items as narrow as 12 inches. On the other, fascinating big trucks from companies like Hyster with capacities that reach 200,000lbs transporting steel beams and train cars. Whether the job is big or small, the forklift of today is ready for it.

    The most important advancements in the forklift over the years have pertained to safety. While still a dangerous machine to operate, modern forklifts are far safer than those operated during our World Wars. Improved balance and counter weight technology, the addition of lights and horns as well as the construction of the overhead guard are just a few of the improvements.

    It has been quite a ride for the lift truck over the past 100 years and the future is sure to bring more exciting breakthroughs. Here at MH Equipment, we are proud to offer fleet management, parts and service for these machines. We also feature one of the largest rental fleets in the business and our selection of new and used forklifts is second to none. Call us at 1-888-564-2191 or visit one of our locations in Danville, Decatur, East Peoria, Ottawa, Illinois; Indianapolis, Evansville, Indiana; Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Eldridge, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa; Louisville, Calvert City, Bowling Green, Lexington, Kentucky; Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Missouri; Grand Island, Omaha, Nebraska; Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania and Charleston, West Virginia.

  • Equipment Feature | JCB JS220 LC Hydraulic Excavator

    LOW 253 HOUR 2011 JCB model JS220LC Hydraulic Excavator, 172 hp; Cab, Heat, A/C,  32? Tracks; Hydraulic Thumb, Warranty

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    DID YOU KNOW: Nearly 1 out of every 2 backhoe loaders sold in the world is a JCB!!!!


  • Equipment Feature | JCB 8045ZTS Mini Excavator

    NEW JCB model 8045ZTS Mini Excavator 45 hp., Track Drive, Canopy, Blade, 24” Bucket, 15 Hours

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    DID YOU KNOW: Nearly 1 out of every 2 backhoe loaders sold in the world is a JCB!!!!


  • Equipment Feature | 2006 JCB VIBROMAX VM1500

    LOW 57 HOUR JCB Vibromax model VM1500 Walk Behind/Remote Controlled Compactor, 23 hp.

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  • Equipment Feature | 2009 JCB Loadall Telescopic Handler

    LOW 497 HOUR 2009 JCB model 524-50 Compact Loadall Telescopic Handler,  83 hp; 4 Wheel Drive, 4 Wheel Steer CAB/Heat/AC, Hydraulic Pin Lock Quick Attach with 48? Forks, Foam Filled Tires.

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  • Equipment Feature | NEW 2011 JCB 3C

    NEW (2 hours) 2011 JCB 3C  with General Purpose Bucket, 92 hp; 4WD Drive; ROPS Canopy with Front Windshield, 24? Bucket, 2 Year Standard JCB Warranty and JCB Low/No Interest Financing or Lease Programs available.

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  • Go Where Electric Power Has Never Gone Before

    The tough just got tougher. Hyster Company rolled out a new Environmental Package at the ProMat 2013 show that extends the range and capabilities of Hyster® electric lift trucks into applications that in the past have only been serviced by internal combustion powered trucks.

    “This new Environmental Package brings Hyster electric trucks to a new level and capability that is synonymous with the durability and reliability that our customers expect from Hyster internal combustion lift trucks,” said Jonathan Dawley, president of Hyster Distribution. “Both our ICE and electric trucks go through the same outdoor testing to ensure durability and reliability in the field.”

    The Environmental Package prepares electric trucks to handle notoriously heavy-duty industries, such as lumber, dock yards, masonry, food preparation and handling, heavy manufacturing and recycling. The package comes with three tiered options: the IP54 sealed drive axle and motors with belly pan and side shields, the outdoor protection and wash-down package and the front mud guards.

    The first option provides shielding devices on the sealed drive axle to prevent debris from interfering with operations. The second features sealed bearings and waterproof cover relays and connectors to make the truck able to work, rain or shine. Finally, front mud guards on the front fenders protect the attachment and load from drive tire-slung debris and water.

    An independent agency tested the electric trucks fitted with the special package alongside the ICE trucks for 15 days in an accelerated, harsh-environment trial. Both the electric and ICE Hyster lift trucks were fully functional after the test, which included 30 thermal shock cycles, 150 hours of high humidity soak with salt spray and 15 pressure-wash events.

    About MH Equipment

    At MH Equipment, we believe that People Matter! It is our vision to be regarded as an employer of choice, a trustworthy partner, and an ethical market leader in our communities by providing our customers innovative solutions and unparalleled value.

    As such, we are committed to providing solutions that will help you shift the focus from your material handling requirements back to your business. MH Equipment offers a vast selection of comprehensive solutions to fit your individual material handling needs…from simple routine maintenance to all-inclusive fleet management programs, our team stands ready to provide unparalleled value and service!

    We understand that you have a choice when purchasing material handling equipment and services and it’s our great pleasure to be included in that decision!

    Please contact us if you have any questions and remember, at MH Equipment… People Matter!

    About Hyster Company

    Based in Greenville, N.C., Hyster Company ( is a leading worldwide lift truck designer and manufacturer. Hyster Company offers 130 models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel and electric power, with the widest capacity range in the industry — from 2,000 to 115,000 lbs. Supported by one of the industry’s largest and most experienced dealer networks, Hyster Company builds tough, durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and advanced ergonomic features; accompanied by outstanding parts, service and training support.

    Hyster Company is part of NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and its subsidiaries employ approximately 5,300 people worldwide.