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Chuck Frank Nears End of Term

2011 MHEDA President Chuck Frank, president of AHS, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH), ends his term as MHEDA President on December 31. Frank presided over the association as it felt its way through the third year of a difficult economic climate.   Frank accomplished much during his term as MHEDA President. He says, “The association’s board was focused through these tough times on ...

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National Safety Council Honors Crown

New Bremen, OH — Eight of Crown Equipment Corporation’s facilities have received the Lift Truck Operator Award from the National Safety Council for outstanding safety practices. The award recognizes forklift operators for operator excellence in lift truck operations by operating lift truck fleets without recordable or lost time injuries. The seven manufacturing facilities and one distribution center are all located ...

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Hyundai Relocates to Georgia

Elk Grove Village, IL — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. (HCEA) is relocating its headquarters from Elk Grove Village, Illinois, to Norcross, Georgia. The project represents a $10 million investment in the community. Hyundai President John Lim says, “Our decision to move to Georgia was an easy one. We needed a facility that was strategically located not only for access ...

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Truck Drivers Face Cell Phone Ban

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new final rule that specifically prohibits interstate truck drivers from using handheld cell phones while operating their vehicles. The joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is the latest action by DOT to discourage distracted driving by all operators of commercial motor vehicles. ...

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Smith Named Coordinator

 Lexington, KY — Rob Smith was named product marketing coordinator for Clark Material Handing Company. Smith has 8 years of forklift sales and marketing experience, and has been recognized with various awards for sales excellence. He reports directly to Bo Maslanyk, vice president of sales & marketing.

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Two Most Valuable Partners

Vernon Hills, IL — AHS (Cincinnati, OH) and Cardinal Carryor, Inc. (Louisville, KY) were named MHEDA Most Valuable Partners (MVP), bringing the total to 18 distributors that have earned the prestigious distinction in 2011. To become an MVP, dozens of criteria must be met within 5 areas: industry relations, customer relations, peer-to-peer networking, training and best practices. In addition to ...

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TIEM Noted for Environment

Irvine, CA — The Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM) plant in Columbus, IN, received the Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for Five Years of Continuous Improvement. This is the third time TIEM has been given this award for implementing exemplary environmental projects with measurable results. “By seeking out and utilizing innovative environment practices, TIEM has reduced waste, saved ...

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MVPs In 2012

In May, MHEDA announced the MVP, or Most Valuable Partner Program, to members with an invitation to all distributor member companies to apply for the status and show their valued partners, customers, employees and suppliers that they are among the best in the industry.   To date, 33 companies have begun the application process and 19 have achieved MVP status for ...

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Board Readies For Change

MHEDA would like to thank the following Board Members whose terms of service end on December 31, 2011:  Jack Phelan, president of TriFactor Distribution Solutions (Lakeland, FL); Steve Johnson, vice president of Nashville Wire Products (Nashville, TN); and Steve Strifler, president of Cisco-Eagle (Dallas, TX). The Board accomplished much this year, including the development of the 2012 Critical Impact Factors, ...

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Nissan and Hitachi to Integrate Forklift Businesses

Tokyo (Kyodo) — Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. and Nissan Motor Co. will integrate their forklift businesses to enhance their competitiveness amid expectations for strong demand growth in emerging economies. The two companies’ operations run by subsidiaries will be integrated and operated by Spring 2012 under a new company to be set up by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, an ...

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