MH Equipment Blog


  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    FOR SALE: 2005 Hyster H45XM

    If interested, please call our Cincinnati Branch at 513-681-2200 or fill out an online contact form for more information on the equipment. For more new and used material handling equipment, visit our website.[slideshow]

  • No Injuries, No Sweat

    The summer season is upon us and it’s time to think about preventing dehydration and heat-related illnesses.  Did you know that over 300 Americans die every year of heat-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease and Control?

    While pouring water over your head might feel good temporarily, it doesn’t have any actual effect on your core body temperature. Make sure to put plenty of water and other healthy fluids into your body.

    Tips for preventing heat-related illnesses at work:

    To help you or yours from heat-related illnesses:

    You can learn more about heat related illnesses and how to keep your cool in hot weather by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Also, NIOSH and OSHA released a heat stress prevention fact sheet and listed recommendations on how to avoid heat stress and heat illneses in indoor and outdoor work environments.

  • Branch Highlight Answers

    (1) Which branch has moved 4 times?

    Eldridge

    (2) Which branch is connected with an Industrial Supply company?

    Des Moines is connected with Iowa Machinery.

    (3) The Soybean Capital of the world is home to which MH Equipment branch?

    Decatur

    (4) How many employees does the Dayton Branch have?

    32

    (5)  John Wieland purchased this branch in April of 1994.

    Danville

    (6) Located in the heart of Distribution Warehousing and the Sand Capital of the world is…

    Ottawa

    (7) This branch is located near the Amana Colonies, an area of interest near their location.

    Cedar Rapids

    (8) __________ is located in ‘beautiful Bluegrass Country.’

    Lexington

    (9) This branch has 4 employees that have 20+ years of experience.

    Charleston

    (10) During 1993 and 2008, this branch experienced the flooding in which they “narrowly escaped.”

    Ottumwa

  • Branch Hi-Lite Quiz

    How well do you know MH Equipment? Here is a short quiz that will test your knowledge about some of our branches. Comment answers below, and we will post the answers in a couple hours. Good Luck!

    (1) Which MH Equipment branch has moved 4 times?

    (2) Which branch is connected with an Industrial Supply company?

    (3) The Soybean Capital of the world is home to which MH Equipment branch?

    (4) How many employees does the Dayton Branch have?

    (5)  John Wieland purchased this branch in April of 2004.

    (6) Located in the heart of Distribution Warehousing and the Sand Capital of the world is…

    (7) This branch is located near the Amana Colonies, an area of interest near their location.

    (8) __________ is located in ‘beautiful Bluegrass Country.’

    (9) This branch has 4 employees that have 20+ years of experience.

    (10) During 1993 and 2008, this branch experienced the flooding in which they “narrowly escaped.”

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    FOR SALE: 2004 Hyster S50FT

    If interested, please call our Ottumwa Branch at 641-684-4832 or fill out an online contact form for more information on the equipment. For more new and used material handling equipment, visit our website.[slideshow]

  • Meet: Brent Eiselstein

    Brent Eiselstein, Territory Manager at our Cedar Rapids Branch, has worked at MH Equipment for seven years. Before joining our team, he worked for Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation as the aircraft mechanic and line manager. He said while he enjoyed the position, the hours didn’t work well with having small children so when he saw an ad for an opportunity; he jumped on it.

    Throughout his seven years working at MH, his most satisfying experience he’s had to date is being a part in building a team with a focus on serving. “The opportunities we have won have been due to the level of commitment and cohesiveness of this group. Through everyone’s efforts we have great relationships with our customers that will continue for years to come,” Brent says.

    His specialty, he says, is doing whatever it takes to meet a customer’s need and pulling a team together to accomplish a common goal. “I know that customers are looking for more than a product,” he says. “They are looking for a partner that can help them meet their goals now and in the future. It takes a team to meet these expectations and I am proud to work with the best group in the material handling business.”

    When talking about his family, Brent says “The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful wife Melissa and we have been married for 11 years.” Brent and Melissa have four children ranging from age 15 to age four. As a family, they enjoy camping, fishing and various sporting events together.

    Most of Brent’s free time is spent with his kids, but he enjoys participating in the many events that they’re involved in. When he has a couple moments of free time, he also enjoys basketball, fishing and camping.

    Brent claims he doesn’t have a favorite food, but he says he does enjoy spicy dishes. If he had to pick one, he would say Mexican food in general. He does have a favorite sports team, however: the Iowa Hawkeyes. “Growing up 30 minutes away fromIowa Citymakes it hard to not be a Hawkeye fan. They have a great history, full of tradition.”

    We asked Brent which person in history he would want to have dinner with, and he answered Apostle Paul. “His story and experiences are fascinating,” Brent says, “and his impact on the world was so tremendous. To hear his testimony in person would be an incredible experience.”

    “What I like most [about working for MH Equipment] is the commitment from the top down to serve our customers, community and employees with integrity. This is something I value and appreciate knowing that I am supported every day when I come to work.”

  • Seven “Sins” of Behavior

    Injuries are 100% avoidable if we are being safe in the moment. It’s important to ask yourself before you begin each job: Am I being safe in the moment? Take the necessary safey procautions.

    Here are the ‘seven deadly sins’ of unsafe behavior:

    Be weary of these behaviors and have a safe day, today and everyday!

  • East Peoria Hi-Lite

    The Peoria/East Peoria Branch is steeped in the origin of MH Equipment.  For a long period in the company’s history it has been at the root. This may always ring true as it is a part of the very beginning of the MH Equipment story. 

    In 1952 a collective group purchased what was then a Hyster Company Store located on South Adams inPeoria.  Within a short period of time the store was moved to 309 N.E.Rock Islandwhere it remained until the fall of 2008 when it took up residency at its current location across the river in East Peoria,Illinois. 

    The current larger facility provides a much improved flow between departments and has provided some much needed upgrades because of the space and layout of the facilities.  These enhancements have provided a customer friendly layout which offers greater support and accessibility to parts and service.

    One of the other unique characteristics of the branch is its connection with the Illinois Corporate West Division.  The branch and the corporate share the facility together.  The front of the facility provides comfortable home offices that support the company’s region with Sales (New and Resale), Fleet, and Management personnel.

    Currently the Peoria/East Peoria Branch consists of one manager, one service coordinator, one parts technician and ten qualified service technicians.  Three of the technicians (Randy Ragle, Frank Christian and Del Rickena) each have over 30 years service at MH Equipment while the remaining technicians have five years or greater.  The sales department consists of two after-market and one new/resale unit salesmen.

    Julie Doubet (Service Coordinator) provides the grease and the glue which holds together the Service and Parts Departments as well as serving as the MH Equipment ambassador to the customer base.  If she’s not the face of the Branch, she is its voice. 

    Throughout the years the branch has held luncheons or picnic events (normally around the summer and fall holidays) as a means of stepping back at times to regroup and enjoy the moment together, especially in light of the daily grind in which everyone gets caught up in.  These times provide for some lighthearted amusement for everyone. 

    Birthdays are normally celebrated by donuts or other special treats.  It is traditional for the person having the birthday to be the provider of the feast.  One individual happens to always ask for his birthday off while the rest of us suffer from withdrawal.  Regardless of the guilty consequences you can expect one day in March going without the much anticipated donut.

    Like any branch there are positive and negatives, there are good times and not so good, but overall the branch maintains a good attitude and spirit and understands its part in the MH Equipment big picture of things.

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    FOR SALE: 2007 Hyster H120FT

    Call  our Louisville Branch at 502-962-6560 if interested, or fill out an online contact form. For more new and used equipment, visit our website. [slideshow]

  • Meet: Chuck Krusey

    Chuck Krusey has worked at MH Equipment for three years as a Material Handling Specialist at ourWaterlooand Des Moines Branches. Before coming to MH, Chuck worked at a Caterpillar dealership for 23 years. He went from a Product Support Representative to sales to Branch Manager.

    Since joining MH, Chuck says that his most rewarding sales experience is taking a strong Caterpillar customer and converting them to Hyster. He says he has sold them 12 units since working for MH. Chuck says he enjoys meeting many different customers and using different selling techniques for each of them.

    Chuck [pic: the tall man in the red shirt] has been married to his wife, Jolene, for 38 years. They have three children. One resides inFloridawith her husband and four daughters, one lives inIowawith her husband and son and the youngest is in his last year at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). As a family, they enjoy jet skiing and doing any outdoor activities such as football or basketball games. Chuck and his wife Jolene enjoy spending time and spoiling their grandchildren.

    For fun, Chuck likes watching Iowa Hawkeye basketball and football games. He also likes to play golf and pick up games of basketball. His favorite food is barbecue ribs and when asked who, in history, he would like to have dinner with he answered John Wooden. Something unique most people don’t know about him is that his son-in-law, Brad Meester, plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Professional Football League.

    When asked what he likes the most about working for MH Equipment, he answered his co-workers and customers.

  • Check Your Co-workers

    Last week, we talked about how to safety is each person’s responsibility. This week, take a look around at your co-workers. Some co-workers are your friends during work hours and even after work. You know about their families, their likes and dislikes and what they do for fun. In addition to taking responsibility for your own safety, you can also be on the lookout for unsafe conditions for your co-workers and correct them or report them to your supervisors as soon as possible. Help your fellow workers get through each day and make it home without an accident.

    Here are some things YOU can do:

    Here’s some practice for you:

    Spot the hazard.

    Fix the hazard.

    Eliminate future hazards.

  • Dayton Hi-Lite

    The Dayton Branch was first opened in 1945 under the name of the Bode Finn Company. They were located on First Street in Dayton.  The branch then moved toWebster Street for a few years and then in 1973, moved to our current location onProduction Court.

    The Bode Finn Company was purchased by Hyster Company in 2000 and became Hyster Mideast. In 2003 John Wieland purchased the company that is now MH Equipment.

    MH Dayton currently has 32 employees from the following departments: parts, service, rental, sales, training and telemarketing.  Combined, the Dayton Branch employees have over 500 years of service working for Bode Finn/Hyster Mid East and MH Equipment.

    Some fun facts about the Dayton employees:

    Howard Waker, our road service, technician has the nickname “Howard the Duck”.  Howard first acquired the name while he was working on an AWP unit at a local GM facility that was undergoing modifications. Howard heard a pipe clinking its way down from above him and quickly “ducked” under the AWP unit just in time to avoid the pipe. Howard found the pipe sticking in the floor right where he was standing.  Later that week at the same location, while standing by a candy machine, once again he “ducked” just in time to keep from getting hit from a stray piece of metal falling from above.  Years later he still has the nickname “Howard the Duck”.

    John Lovins, our trainer, and his daughter both have Dodge Dakota pickup trucks that they enjoy working on together and taking to various drag strips across the country.  John has won several national and regional events. He has been seen on ESPN winning national events. John has been a record holder for several years in various classes of drag racing.  He is currently updating his daughter’s truck in search of better performance.

    Some local attractions around the Dayton Branch are, Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball, Dayton Gems Hockey and the Dayton Art Institute.Dayton also hosts the Dayton Vectren Air Show each year which brings in world renowned acts like the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds.  A few attractions with free admission and parking are the Wright Patterson Air Force Museum, Allwood Gardens and the Cox Arboretum.

    After a day of sightseeing or sports you can refuel at Marion’s Piazza, a Dayton tradition for over 45 years and ranked 2nd in the nation. Marion’s Piazza has several locations through out theDayton area.

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    FOR SALE: 2005 Hyster S50FT

    Call  308-382-3585 if interested or fill out an online contact form. For new and used equipment, visit our website. [slideshow]

  • Meet: Misti Peak

    MistiPeak, an Aftermarket Sales Representative at our Cincinnati Branch, has been with MH Equipment for about 11 years (will be 12 years in January). Before coming to MH, Misti worked for Crown for seven years. After being contacted by a recruiter for Hyster Mid-East, Misti made the transition to MH Equipment.

    “There have been many milestones in my career at MH,” Misti says, “it is hard to choose one thing that has been the most rewarding, but most recently, I was very proud to pick up an account that is very high profile to the Cincinnati area: Procter and Gamble.” Misti explains that she thinks the account adds to MH Equipment’s list of recognizable and respected customers and will aid in company growth. P&G had done business with our competitor for 10 years plus before MH was awarded their business in Dec. 2010.

    According to Misti, her specialties or expertise is fleet management. “I have always been on the service side of the material handling business. I would say my specialty is fleet management, on the service end. I seem to do best when I can look at a company’s existing fleet and practices and evaluate their spending, utilization and record keeping while bringing MH Equipment’s fleet management strength to the table.”

    Misti has been married for three years to her husband, Jason. They have a daughter, Stevi, which is 22 months old. Currently, they’re in the process of building a new house which takes up most of their time along with getting used to the new edition to the family. Jason and Misti are also adjusting to Stevi’s ever changing and growing independence and Misti says it’s a great experience!

    For fun, Misti and her husband customize old cars. “A few years back we took part in the Hot Rod Power Tour with one of our vehicles we had just finished; it was a great experience and awesome trip! We were ‘long haulers’ for any of you that know what that means. We enjoy attending various types of car shows, cars of all years and styles.” In addition to car shows and customizing old cars, Misti and Jason also enjoy the dirt track. Although she claims there isn’t enough time right now between her baby and building their house, there was a time when they attended weekly to toot for a few friends who take part in the racing. Misti makes sure to mention that she also loves spending time with her three sisters whom all live away from her.

    Homemade enchiladas are Misti’s favorite dish, which her and her husband makes together. The recipe is an old recipe her mother got from a distant relative (by marriage) that still lives inMexico. “I really like Mexican food.” says Misti. “Although, I have had many, many failed attempts to perfect it in my kitchen, I always enjoy trying authentic (as authentic as it can be in Cincy) Mexican food when I get the opportunity.”

    If there was one person in history Misti could have dinner with, she would choose her grandfather who passed away when she was young. Too young, she says, to realize what a great part of history he was involved in. Besides the obvious spending time with him, she would love to hear stories of what he experienced during WWII and the invasion ofNormandy. According to Misti, he was also a part of theUStroops that aided in liberating what was left of some of the concentration camps. She says she would love to hear the real stories and accounts of his experiences. She’s always been fascinated with WWII, so coupled with spending time with her grandfather, that would be a great dinner for her!

    One thing most people don’t know about Misti is that “she gets dirty in the garage.” She says she works on their cars right along with her husband, which includes pulling an engine, installing dynamat, sandblasting, painting or whichever the task is at hand! Another thing most people probably don’t know is that her family went on a long weekend trip toOklahoma Cityto pick up her 2010 Mother’s Day gift which was a 1974 Pontiac Firebird (a model which is dear to her).

    In conclusion, Misti says she loves working at MH. “I enjoy the people I work with as well as what MH stands for and the values that is passes on to its employees and finally to the customer. This means a lot to me in my career, I feel luck to have found a home here.”

  • Let’s Talk Safety

    Why should you worry about safety? There are a lot of reasons. It also helps to remember that your unsafe behavior doesn’t affect just you, it can affect the people who work around you, too. The important thing to remember is that your actions do have consequences.

    Those who don’t concern themselves with working safely are at higher risk of being injured in an accident. Even with workers’ compensation and disability payments, most injured employees who are out of work receive less money than they’d get in their regular wages if they were working everyday. Lost time away from the job can really impact your salary and take-home pay.

    What can you do?

    Safety is important and it’s everyone’s responsibilty.