MH Equipment Blog

  • 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.

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    FOR SALE: 1999 Hyster H360XL-DC

    Interested? Please call 330-425-2476 or fill out an online contact form for more information on the equipment. [slideshow]

  • Meet: Barry Cahoon

    Barry Cahoon is our Material Handling Specialist who works out of our Omaha Branch. Barry’s work history is somewhat unique compared to others, because he has just returned to MH Equipment (welcome back, Barry!). So far, he’s been back at MH for about a week (and worked here about 3 years previous to his departure), but he’s been in the material handling field for a long time.  “I was with another forklift dealer for two years after I left MH Equipment. It took me two years o come to my senses!” says Barry.

    According to our seasoned MH Specialist, his specialties are working with customers and turning them into partners.

    Getting more personal, Barry says he’s been happily married for 29 years (at least that’s what his wife tells him, he says). He has two children. His son just had a baby girl this year and made Barry a grandpa. Barry’s daughter is entering her senior year of high school next year. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and hunting. He also watches the Red Green Show (which, according to PBS is a hilarious insight to men, their dreams and their obsessions for those who aren’t familiar). His favorite food is simple: beef. Barry claims that he doesn’t have a favorite sports team, as the only sports he follows is whichever one his daughter is playing at the time. We also asked Barry which person in history he would like to have dinner with, and he answered John Candy. He said he thinks it would be a blast and that they look alike!

    Overall, Barry says the thing he likes most about working for MH is the people. “It has been great coming back!” he says.

    We’re glad to have you back, Barry!

  • Take Trips, Avoid Falls

    Falls can put you at risk for serious injuries. Prevent falls with these simple fall-prevention measures.

    Remove Hazards:

    Wear sensible shoes:

    Light up your workplace:

    Keep moving:


    Be Safe in the Moment!

  • Grand Island Hi-Lite

    Many employees are married and have children. The employees bring great diversity to the branch both with their interests and hobbies. Nebraska is home to the Huskers, the well-known competitive college football team. Besides their interest in football, most of the branch also takes an active interest in car racing. While some are avid watchers, others are actually in the races. Some other interests enjoyed by the employees are ranching, photography and bowling, just to name a few.

    The Grand Island Branch takes pride in being devoted to teamwork not only while at work, but also outside of the workplace. A majority of the employees live in the small neighboring town of Cairo. They have known each other for many years and this attributes to their ability to work closely and successfully together. The branch as a whole is successful because of their dedication to the company, their dedication with providing customers the best service possible and their dedication to teamwork. Each person makes a great contribution with their skills and personality. The branch has an excellent record of safety as well. They currently just celebrated close to three years of being accident-free with a branch lunch. Way to go Grand Island!

  • ReSale Feature of the Week

    FOR SALE: 2006 Hyster S55FTS-G [slideshow]

    For more information on this piece of used equipment, call 309-699-4024 or fill out a contact form online. If you’re interested in other used models, visit our ReSales site.

  • Meet: Chris Herrington

    Chris Herrington is our Material Handling Specialist at the Bowling Green Branch located inBowling Green,Kentucky. He’s been with MH Equipment since 1999 and currently works two markets inKentucky(Bowling GreenandPaducah) and theEvansville,Indianamarket. Before working at MH Equipment Company, Chris attended school and worked part-time for his relatives who own New Holland dealerships. He was referred to MH by a friend and took a position as Parts Manager.

     Since working at MH, Chris says that his most satisfying and proudest sales experiences have been landing new customers. “I love the challenge,” Chris says. According to Chris, his specialties within his trade are simply building new customer relationships.

    As far as his personal life goes, Chris is engaged to be married this September (Congrats, Chris!). In his spare time he enjoys drag racing, riding motorcycles, traveling, fishing and the water in general. Chris’ favorite food is seafood and his favorite sports team is the Tennessee Titans. If there was one person in history he would like to have dinner with, Chris said it would be his grandfather because he passed away when he was two years old.

     In summary, Chris enjoys working for MH Equipment mostly because of the core values MH holds such as family and faith.

  • Incident Rate Excellence Award

    In honor of our weekly safety posts, we thought it would be appropriate to share an award that we received in April to prove that our safety program, Safe in the Moment, works.

    On April 28-29, MH Equipment was awarded a safety award  for Incident Rate Excellence from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council during their 58th Annual Professional Development Conference and Expo held in Bettendorf, Iowa. We were one of over 150 business, industries and government agencies in Illinois and Iowa to receive an award for promoting active safety programs and reducing OSHA recordable injuries among our employees. In order to qualify for this award, we had to demonstrate that during the 2010 calendar year, our incident rate was lower than the national average for our specific industry of material handling.

    We are very excited to share this award with you, in hopes that our safety program’s success will inspire you or yours to implement or act on a safety program. Most of the safety posts we display each week comes from our Corporate Safety Department and are tailored to you, our readers. Some topics may seem trivial or common sense, but our safety awards and milestones we have shared with you are living proof that our program works.

    Be Safe in the Moment!

    To read the full press release, click here.

  • Ottawa Hi-Lite

    Located in the heart of Distribution Warehousing, in the middle of the Sand Capital of the world, lies the Ottawa Branch. U.S. Silica, Wedron Silica and Technisand are three of the major sand mining industries in the world. U.S. Silica being the largest is located in Ottawa, IL.

    Ottawa is a small territory branch that service three counties: LaSalle, Putnam and Bureau. The Ottawa Branch began in 1984 as Illinois Valley Lift Truck (IVLT). They were part of an Allis Chalmers/Komatsu dealership before the owners decided to branch out and start the company. In 1986, the facility that they are currently in was built. MH Equipment acquired the company in 1998 and at that time they had four techs. Today, they have grown to six road techs, a service clerk and a branch/service manager. Later they added a 60? x 100? addition that now houses  the service and paint departments. It has an OSHA approved paint both that can fit some of the largest units around. They have had a H360XL and a 4250 Rail King in for painting and they fit with no problem.

    In 2000 and 2001, the Ottawa Branch received commendation for Safety Achievement from Three Rivers for working without a recordable injury for both of those years. Three Rivers is an organization that provides required safety training. The technicians are required to have this training before they are allowed to work in some customer facilities. The Ottawa Branch also received a Gold Award in 2001 from Three Rivers for achieving a 25% reduction in OSHA recordable incidence rate as compared to the previous three years.

    Fred Milby serves as the branch/service manager. Most of this team has worked together for several years. Each of them puts forth the WIT (Whatever It Takes) effort to get a job done.

    Treats are appreciated at the branch. It is agreed among all at the branch that Donna Bayer, the service clerk, makes the best pineapple upside down cake!

  • Brake for Safety

    At last, Spring has sprung and construction zone are popping up all over our roadways. Speeding and inattention are the two biggest reasons for collisions in road work zones. Construction zone accidents are most often caused by vehicles exceeding the appropriate speed in the designated zone. Not only are people inside the vehicle at risk, but the construction zone workers who are out on the road are also at risk. Also, each year thousands of farm vehicles are involved in accidents on public roads. Most of the collisions between slow-moving farm equipment and cars occur on dry, open highways during the day. With construction, farm equipment, school zones and other hazards, we have to make sure we are driving Safe in the Moment.

    Safe driving tips for…

    Farm communities:




    In General:

    We hope this post helps remind you of the “little” things we might forget while on the road. Spring weather also brings out a lot of factors that we’re not used to seeing due to colder weather. Be Safe in the Moment!

  • Cedar Rapids Hi-Lite

    Cedar Rapids was acquired by MH Equipment with the purchase of Iowa Machinery in 2001. The Cedar Rapids Branch started with two resident technicians in its early stages and has grown to eight technicians, one service manager, one parts manager, one branch manager and one aftermarket salesman. During this time of growth, we purchased a full service hydraulic shop and moved our facility to our current location in 2007. This added an exciting new opportunity in the areas of hydraulic repair and custom tube manufacturing in addition to sales and service of material handling equipment.

    Teamwork is what is emphasized at the branch. We have a caring team and through every challenge, whether business or personal, each member is willing to step up and do what it takes to get through it. It takes each of us working together to be successful and Cedar Rapids has been blessed with a great group. Our saying has always been “if you do the right things long enough, good things will happen” and we feel our success over time is a testament to that.

    An area of interest close by the Amana Colonies which is a popular attraction located south of Cedar Rapids. Amana is a historical German community established in the mid 1850?s. The name Amana means “remain faithful”. This comunity is like taking a step back in time. It is filled with authentic German restaurants, furniture store, winery, leather shop and more. The area is also known for its entertainment provided by the “Old Creamery Theater” where the staff produces several theatrical productions each year.

    The branch’s favorite team is the Iowa Hawkeye football team. Here are a few other tidbits about those who work here.