MH Equipment Blog

  • MH Equipment Announces Acquisition of Louisville Switching Services, Inc.

    The new acquisition will allow MH Equipment and Louisville Switching Services, Inc. to expand its customer base, product offering and service capabilities in the Kentuckiana material handling market.

    Peoria, Ill. (May 2, 2019) - MH Equipment (MH), based in Peoria, Ill., announced yesterday it will be acquiring Louisville Switching Services, Inc. (Louisville Switching) effective immediately.

    As a licensed, authorized motor vehicle dealer, Louisville Switching is focused on selling and servicing only the highest quality trucks. The family-owned business has an extensive relationship with Kalmar Ottawa Trucks which resulted in receiving a Premier Kalmar Ottawa Dealer designation in 2018. The award is another testimony of the company’s dedication to superior service and values.

    The transition will allow MH Equipment to expand its customer and employee base in the Louisville community as the company continues to be a leader in the material handling industry. With 28 servicing locations across the U.S. and over 900 employees, MH is committed to adding quality organizations to its family of companies for growth, and has eagerly anticipated this acquisition.

    “It's clear Louisville Switching Services, Inc. means what they say about focusing on the customer. Their experience, passion, integrity and vision will certainly fit well into the MH values. We are thrilled to welcome our new customers and employees and look forward to what the future holds,” stated MH CEO John Wieland.
  • PRESS RELEASE FROM HYSTER-YALE: Hyster Announces End Rider Series with Industry-Exclusive Features

    The materials handling industry is ever-changing with new technologies being introduced in increasingly shorter intervals. The new Hyster® End Rider series embodies the future of warehousing and materials handling, integrating innovative technologies, forward-thinking design and revolutionary features so customers can be better prepared for the changes of the future.

    Some of these features include:

    • Extended operator platform – an optional extended platform provides 30% more usable space than the leading competitors (the most usable foot space in the industry), allowing operators to adjust stance to provide postural relief. The Ultra Cushion reduces shock and vibration by 30% to improve operator comfort and provide steady footing while accommodating up to a size 13 shoe.
    • LED lights – industry-exclusive LED platform lights provide operator awareness in low light or congested areas and the LED fork lights offer in-trailer illumination, help raise pedestrian awareness, can reduce product damage and help increase the bottom line.
    • Precision Pick – industry-exclusive and patented; allows the operator to precisely place the truck where you want it, controlling the speed and coast functions, in both directions, with the simple press of a button.
    • Shift Assist – software bundle designed to improve efficiency and increase productivity of the operator. A shortcut to increased functionality, the features are all driven by the shift button. Includes Intelligent Lift/Lower, Intelligent Acceleration, Intelligent Slow DownTM and Intelligent Cruise.
    • Reduced total cost of ownership – with reduced service times and increased service intervals, this truck can be serviced faster and as much as 50% less often, meaning less time out of service and more time moving product.

    The Hyster B60ZAC2 and B60-80ZHD2 End Rider series is available in single-, double- or triple-pallet 6,000 and 8,000 lb. capacity. These lift trucks are engineered to take on demanding applications in a multitude of operating conditions, including home centers, food distribution and food processing. These pallet trucks are equipped with operator-focused features and durable components that allow operations to run faster, leaner and more efficiently.

  • MH Engineered Solutions (formerly Elite Supply Chain Solutions) Announces Re-Branding


    Name change and re-branding reaffirms commitment to shared values with parent company, MH Logistics.

    Scott Hennie, President of Elite Supply Chain Solutions, based in Hudson, OH, announced on February 1, 2019 that the company is changing its name to MH Engineered Solutions in a re-branding initiative. In addition to the name change, the re-branding includes a few simple modifications to the company's logo, colors, and graphics. Together, these changes act as a final step in integrating what was previously Elite Supply Chain Solutions with its parent company, MH Logistics.

    "The re-branding of Elite Supply Chain Solutions to MH Engineered Solutions will solidify our integration into the MH Logistics family of service companies”, Hennie explains. “This alignment will better position us with our value statement of being Consultative in Nature, Transparent in Practice and Good Stewards of our Clients’ Resources.”

    “We will continue to bring a complete portfolio of solutions, services and products to our clients - and this re-branding will make it easier for our clients to understand the relationship between MH Equipment, MH Engineered Solutions, MH Fleet and MH Resales. Our clients will benefit from the synergies of our companies and our ability to be a One-Stop-Shop, Turnkey Solutions Provider and a Trusted Advisor to their organization."

    "We will continue to build on our foundation of working with our clients to develop solutions that meet their goals, at a fair price, and are executed in a timely fashion. Our focus will continue to be Automation, Material Handling and Storage in the Order Fulfillment, Distribution and Manufacturing sectors. We will continue working with the most respected Supplier Partners in the industry and represent them with diligence and professionalism."

  • MH Equipment Receives Industry Award: MHEDA MVP


    MH Equipment has been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award for 2019, based on accomplishments in 2018. This is the third consecutive year that MH Equipment has earned an MVP Award from the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association).  

    Award recipients must satisfy a rigorous set of criteria with less than 10% of the association’s membership earning the award. As a 2019 MVP, MH Equipment has successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism and good stewardship.

    To qualify for the annual MVP Award companies are required to provide evidence of their commitment to their partners in business including their customers, employees and suppliers. They must satisfy criteria in the following important areas:

    • Industry Advocacy
    • Customer Service & Safety Practices
    • Business Networking
    • Continuing Education
    • Business Best Practices

    “We appreciate receiving this 2019 MVP Award and the acknowledgment it represents with the relationships we enjoy with our Customers, Suppliers and Employees. This truly is a great honor,” states Fred Metzger, President, MH Equipment.

    “MHEDA MVP winners are among an elite group of distributors that have reached a pinnacle of the best service to customers combined with industry-leading business practices,” said Doug Carson, 2018 MHEDA Chairman of the Board and VP of Marketing & Sales for Fallsway Equipment Company in Akron, OH.

  • MH Equipment Announces Territory Acquisition from Torrance Equipment


    Acquisition Makes MH Equipment the Dual Brand (Hyster & Yale) Dealer in the Iowa and Northwestern Illinois area.

    MH Equipment announced that it has assumed responsibility for Yale brand forklifts in the Iowa and northwestern parts of Illinois from Cedar Rapids, Iowa based Torrance Equipment. The acquisition makes MH Equipment Hyster-Yale Group, Inc.’s dual-brand dealership representing both the Hyster and Yale brands in the Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, and Quad Cities markets.

    “Torrance, under Steve Gallagher’s leadership, has been a successful Yale dealership for more than 20 years and has built a large and loyal customer base by providing integrity, outstanding value and unique solutions which aligns well with MH Equipment,” said John Wieland, CEO of MH Equipment. “Today’s acquisition allows us to expand our dealership and product offering while developing new customer relationships within the Iowa and northwestern Illinois market.”

    With this transaction, MH is buying all assets of Torrance and will become the Yale dealer for the territory. Joining MH Equipment will be more than 90 employees of Torrance including almost 50 technicians. This acquisition puts MH Equipment at over 900 employees and almost 500 technicians, making them the largest Hyster and/or Yale dealer, in terms of technicians, in America.  

    “Our company is based on three principles: People Matter, Passion Inspires, and Purpose Unites,” continues Wieland. “We look forward to demonstrating these principles by establishing trust with our new customers and new employees, and by demonstrating they can count on us to provide high-quality customer service and employment.”