MH Equipment Blog


  • Des Moines Hi-Lite

    Iowa Machinery & Supply opened for business in 1903. Our original location was in the heart of downtown Des Moines at 317 Court Avenue.  In 1953, we moved to our current location at 1711 Second Avenue in Des Moines.  Just a year earlier, we became a Hyster Dealer.  In 2001, MH Equipment purchased Iowa Machinery and finally, in 2008, the Material Handling Division took on the MH name.  The Industrial Division, to this day, remains Iowa Machinery continuing on the century old tradition. 

    The Des Moines branch has 32 employees and is quite unique in that it houses several business units of the MH Equipment Family including, Iowa Machinery and MH Distribution.

    Iowa Machinery & Supply began in 1903 by supplying products such as belting, hose, steel pipe, steam pumps and engineering equipment. Today we have expanded our offering and continue to offer expert advice on a full line of industrial products for manufacturing, metalworking, industrial woodworking, maintenance and machine tools.

    MH Distribution was established in 2006 and offers the Mariotti line of lift trucks. Touted as the “The Most Compact Electric Riders in the Market” these tiny machines can fit through a standard doorway! While the official headquarters are located in La Vista, NE several daily operations for the company, such as, accounting, prospecting, and marketing are conducted from the Des Moines office. 

    We have a great team in Des Moines and all seem to really enjoy ourselves at work.  In fact, when asked, the Des Moines employees unanimously agreed that by far the Service Department, and in particular, Kurt Martens (Assistant Service Manager), are our biggest jokesters!

    One of our favorite things to do here is eat tasty treats!  It was no surprise that Mary Johnson’s  (Accounts Payable Administrator) brownies were voted “out of this world” delicious and Ron Johnson’s (Parts Sales Representative) wife always comes through with something yummy! On that note… when asked who they would send to participate on the TV show “Survivor”, several people nominated Todd Murray (Director of Operations).  Why?  Because he will eat ANYTHING! 

    Come fall there is always a lot of “friendly” banter among the Des Moines Employees.  College football is a major point of discussion and there is a pretty even split between The Iowa State University Cyclones and University of Iowa Hawkeyes.  Every year in mid-September you’ll see plenty of Black and Gold and Cardinal and Gold around the office.  Everyone decorates their space to signify their team spirit.  We also have a “Tailgating Party” which includes a “Best Dressed Fan” prize, food, and games!

  • MH Rents

    An early spring is in the air, according to Punxsutawney Phil, and what does that mean? Spring rentals.

    Whether you have seasonal spikes, a sudden boost in volume or an unexpected breakdown; we’re ready. If you need short term or a long term rental- we’re flexible. If you need a  lift truck, forklift, or an industrial sweeper/scrubber; we’ve got you covered.

    To read a little more about our rental program, click here. And, if you’re in need of extra help in the upcoming months, check out our flyer below.

  • Driving in Inclement Weather

    With all of the snow and inclement weather we’ve experienced in the midwest these past few days, our next “Safe in the Moment” post is how to be safe when driving in snow and wet weather. We included wet weather because, well… we hope the snow will melt sometime!

    Driving in Snow/Ice

    The Weather Channel listed some great snow and ice driving tips. The best tip to staying safe while driving in bad weather is to avoid driving if at all possible. But if you need to brave the snow and ice, make sure your car is prepared and follow these tips below.

    Weather.com also has some tips on if your rear wheels skid, front wheels skid or if you get stuck. Snow and Ice tips are curteousy of weather.com.

    Driving in Wet Weather

    Melting snow can cause wet roads and risky driving situations. Taking into account these simple tips from the National Safety Council can save your life.

    While driving in snow, ice or wet weather conditions try to minimize distractions. Limit your cell phone use, adjusting the radio or anything that takes your attention off the road.

    Safe driving!

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  • Hands-on in Our Communities

    Excellent customer service is a core building block in which we operate, however, as a company we believe that it is important to fulfill the opportunities placed before us daily: to improve the communities in which we live. It’s our responsibility to join our employees in their charitable efforts to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

    Ten years ago, in 2001, MH Equipment established our His First Foundation. Our Foundation was created to support our employees with their charitable efforts in the areas of faith, secular good works and acts of kindness. In addition to support and financial assistance given to charities through His First Foundation, in 2008 we added chartiable time as an employee benefit. Through charitable time, an employee can donate 8 hours a year of paid time off to a non profit charity of their choice.

    This year, we will continue to invest in our communities by supporting our four corporate charities through hands-on volunteer work and donations.

    Visit our website to read more about our His First Foundation,  read our Chairman’s comments about our Foundation and to see some of our employees giving back and making a difference.

  • Safety Milestones

    You may have read our first weekly safety post about being Safe in the Moment. To prove that it’s effective, we wanted to share some important  highlights within MH Equipment. This month, we had five of our branches reach injury-free milestones.

    Congratulations and thank you to all who have proved that being Safe In the Moment works.

  • Safe in the Moment: Preventing Shoulder Injuries

    Being Safe in the Moment has helped MH Equipment make great strides towards being an injury free company. Because our safety performance is well above the industry average, we received awards from the National Safety Council and the Ohio BWC in 2010. Hopefully our posts about Being Safe in the Moment will help you and yours.

    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 glenhumeral joint is the meeting of the upper arm bone, humerous, and the cup of the shoulder blade.

    Main Causes of Shoulder Injury:

    -Holding any muscle in one position too long

    -Slouching

    -Falling

    Technitions Precautions:

    There is no safety precaution too small or trivial. Take proper steps to prevent all avoidable injuries and accidents.

     

  • Hi-Lite: Danville, IL

    Amy Bailey is the Operations Manager in Danville. We talk about having an MH Campus here in Danville.  Our office is located off the street down in a holler. We have 3 different out buildings for storage and one little sales office located across the street, in addition to the main office and shop. We have been an active member of Vermilion Advantage (a local economic development organization) for the past several years.  We sponsor several youth organizations and several employees volunteer their time to those same organizations. We are a very close, hardworking group.  Everyone is a valuable member of our team and goes out of their way to help each other and make sure the Danville branch is a success.

    This past summer the Danville Parks department opened “Fetch the Dog Park” just past the branch.  It has been a huge success and sends a lot more traffic by our branch.

    Here are a few fun facts about the branch employees:

    Lynn Citizen is the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie bar maker in the World. We also receive wonderful treats from Lori’s mom, Fran, and Harl Miller’s wife, Deb.  No one will ever go hungry at the Danville Branch.

    Lori, our Receptionist, has a wonderful sense of humor and keeps us rolling all day long – she is very witty and you never know what is going to pop out of her mouth. George Haas, Field Technician, also has a wonderful sense of humor and keeps us smiling!

    Keith Stark our Shop Technician and his 16 year old granddaughter Makayla race go-karts.  Keith builds both the cars and motors and his granddaughter drives them.  This past year she won the Animal Medium Championship, which tends to upset most of the men she races.  Mike Ostrander, our Champaign Resident Technician, and his oldest son Mark, have spent the last several years in the Soap Box

    Derby circuit.  Mark had a very successful career over the past 7 years with 101 wins, 2 time National points Champion Overall, and a 3 time World Finalist.

    MH has sponsored the Cayuga Chaos softball team for the past several years. This year they took home their league championship and won the year end tournament.  They are coached by Amy Bailey, the Danville Operations Manager.

    Lori knows every zip code for a 50 mile radius – she is a fountain of useless information.  If you need to know anything, just ask Lori.

    When our current truck driver started we had 3 John’s working at the branch so he quickly received the nickname “Trucker”.  Even though he is the only John that still works at the Danville branch, he is still known by and will always be called “Trucker”.

  • Words We Live By

    People, Passion, Purpose. You’ve seen the phrase under our logo, on our websites, and on other social platforms, but what do they mean? Those three words are more than a tagline; they’re words we honor 24 hours a day.

    People Matter. We treat MH employees fairly and with respect and in turn they treat our customers, vendors and community partners fairly and with respect.  Conducting ourselves in appreciation that all people matter is a basic tenet of our vision.

     Passion Inspires. Passion is the key to living life well. We strive to provide opportunities and assistance for those who are dedicated to serve our communities and business.

     Purpose Unites. We have a purpose to serve and improve the lives of others. When we embrace that purpose, significant accomplishments are achieved.

     In addition to selling high-quality material handling equipment, we also provide personal customer service with passion , establishing MH Equipment as a trustworthy partner and an employer of choice.

    We always want to hear from you so we can continue to improve, so we encourage all customers to fill out a testimonial or take our Customer Survey located on our website.

  • Getting Connected

    Welcome to MH Equipment’s new blog!

    We’re excited to begin our blogging journey. On our blog, can expect to find relevant and useful information regarding the material handling industry, our company and more. Along the way, please offer any suggestions and/or comments you might have as to how we can make this a better ‘read’ for you.

    Stay tuned for weekly posts. Until then, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If you’d like to get to know our company a little better, visit our website: www.mhequipment.com.