MH Equipment Blog

  • Cincinnati Hi-Lite

    The Cincinnati branch has a long history in the Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and South East Indiana markets. MH Equipment Cincinnati originally opened in 1934 when the Al Bode and Ray Finn families came together to form the Bode Finn Company.

    Prior to becoming the Bode Finn Company, the Finn family made Aluminum Ice Wagon Bodies used to deliver ice to families and businesses to refrigerate food. Al Bode’s Grandfather made wagons used in the circus and they can be seen today at the Ringling Museum of Art in Saratoga, Florida.

    The Bode Finn Company was purchased a number of times in the late ninety’s and finally became MH Equipment in September of 2003. MH Equipment Cincinnati currently has 48 employees, housing employees from the following departments Parts, Service, Rental, New, Used, Training, Railking, JCB Construction, Marketing and one President.

    Cincinnati is one of the few branches designated as a re-build center. We are equipped with a state of the art paint booth which enables us to safely and professionally prepare used equipment from a mechanical and cosmetic standpoint. It is not uncommon for a customer to comment that a completed piece of used equipment looks like new. Our used equipment technicians, Jeff Cutter and Tim Whittington, have been providing MH Equipment salesmen and customers with quality equipment for the past six years.

    The Cincinnati branch is fortunate to administer the General Motors parts contract which has helped to provide the branch and company with good net profit. Mark Hoerst and Shanell Jones have done a great job managing this account along with their other everyday duties. They process parts orders and bi-monthly invoices for 62 General Motors plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. We are currently looking forward to a contract extension with General Motors to take us into 2011.

    From a personal stand point, many Cincinnati branch employees are living a culture of giving back to their local communities. Cincinnati employees have participated in the Right to Life, Hospice of Hamilton, donations to St. Josephs Orphanage, the local food pantry, American Cancer Society, participated in building improvements at local churches, volunteering as a football director, assistant soccer coach, assistant baseball coach, and much more. It is obvious that Cincinnati branch employees believe in People, Passion and Purpose.

    When you get a chance to visit the Cincinnati branch you may also want to plan your trip around the following places of interest –

    Kings Island, The Beach Water Park, Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, Natural History Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, The Creation Museum,  Krohn Conservatory, River Downs, Riverboat Casinos and much more. After a day of fun you can dine at one of following restaurants which are well known Cincinnati eateries – Montgomery Inn Ribs, Skyline Chili, Larosa’s Pizza and Graters Ice Cream.

    There are many benefits to living and working in Cincinnati but for families with children, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital ranks right up at the top of the list. The Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center is one of only eight pediatric hospitals in the United States to be included in the Honor Roll in U.S. News and World Reports 2010 Best Children’s Hospitals. When it comes to your children’s medical care, Cincinnati is the place to live.

    We look forward to 2011 and hope that all MH Equipment employees have a safe and happy New Year!

  • Preventing Shoulder Injuries!

    A shoulder sprain is stretching or partial tearing of the ligaments and capsule that support the shoulder, specifically, the glenohumeral joint. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bones to each other. The glenohumeral joint is the meeting of the upper arm bone, humerus, and the cup of the shoulder blade.

     Causes of Shoulder injury:

    Holding any muscle in one position too long can cause muscle strain. For example:

    *If a typist’s keyboard is too high, the shoulders must be kept in a raised position. Correction: The keyboard should be low enough to allow the shoulders to be down and to be relaxed while typing.

    *While driving, if the steering wheel is too high or far away, the shoulders may be placed in an awkward position. Correction: Adjust the seat closer and lower the steering wheel to put the shoulders in a relaxed position.

    *Carrying a backpack or computer bag over one shoulder for a long time. Correction: Take time to stretch out the neck and shoulder and carry with your hand instead.


    *Muscles in the upper back (between the shoulder blades) may become strained as a result of slouching for long periods of time. Correction: Practice good body mechanics and good posture. 

    Falling on outstretched arm, forced twisting of the arm, or a blow to the shoulder

    *Correction:  Practice good housekeeping, check mats and rugs for trip hazards.

    Technician Precautions

       • Practice proper lifting techniques for lifting, moving, reaching, bending, etc
       • Drink plenty of water esp. in hot weather. Water lubricates the joints
       • Practice good housekeeping to prevent trips and falls. Cords picked up? Loose stairs?
       • Warm up and stretching exercises before engaging in strenuous activity
       • Use proper extensions on tools whenever possible to avoid straining to reach
       • Use a ladder instead of trying to reach heavy items over head

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

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

       FOR SALE: 2007 Hyster H50FT

       Call  563-381-9989 if interested or fill out an online contact form. For new and used equipment, visit our website.

  • Heat Safe, Drink Water

    A couple of weeks ago, we talked about how to avoid heat-related illness. With temperatures soaring and hot summer months upon us, it is important to make sure you are drinking enough water to avoid dehydration. The brain is composed of 85% water and dehydration causes energy generation in the brain to decrease. That doesn’t sound too good, does it? In order to think better, focus and stay sharp for the tasks at hand, you need to drink plenty of water.

    The human body is primarily composed of water. Water plays an enormous role in how well our body functions. Water increases not only the quality but the length of our lives.

    Water helps to:

    Safety check:

    Stay hydrated, stay safe!

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    FOR SALE: 2000 S50XM-4

    [slideshow] If interested, please call our Danville Branch at 217-443-6965 or fill out an online contact form for more information on the equipment. For more new and used material handling equipment, visit our website.

  • Shakin’ Things Up

    A topic that we haven’t covered yet on our weekly safety posts is vibration safety. Vibration can occur from a pneumatic drill, chainsaw, tractor seat or factory floor. In order to explain the effects of vibration on human bodies, we have split vibration safety into two categories.

    Vibration disease occurs after prolonged exposure to either high or low-frequency vibration.

    Ask yourself these questions to check for vibration issues:

    For other vibration health effects, click here.

  • Top F-I-V-E!

    You know by know that MH Equipment is BIG into safety. We talk about it a lot, around here and you might be wondering which branches have the highest safety records. You’ve seen posts about some of our branches reaching momentous milestones and achieving safety awards…so out of 27 locations, the top 5 branches as far as safety goes are:

    A big “Thank You” goes out to all employees working within these top 5 branches for being Safe in the Moment.

    [note: safe days recorded on 05-12-11]

  • 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?


    (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?


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


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


    (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.

    Cedar Rapids

    (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.”


  • 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.