December 15, 2020
East Penn Manufacturing Co.,
CIT Group
Convention Focus
Join us on April 24-28, 2021 at the JW Marriott Austin Hotel, in vibrant downtown Austin, Texas. We are planning a safe, socially distant and responsible Convention designed to give you the opportunity to meet in person with your Material Handling business colleagues. While we may not be shaking hands, we will be tipping our hats to one another for surviving a momentous year in history. 2021 Convention details and registration will be available in January. We are optimistic about the future and look forward to seeing you again in Austin!
The Role of Tool Cribs in Warehouse Operations
At WireCrafters, you have the ability to build any size or style tool crib with our WireCrafters Style 840 Woven Wire Partition System. These wire partitions are easy to install and do not require special tools to build. 
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News You Can Use
Onboarding your new employees is more important than ever. With employees moving to remote work environments, companies must reimagine on-the-job training. Use MHEDA’s Member Only Resources and ensure you are effectively onboarding your new employees. MHEDA’s Onboarding Resources Include:
• Two Onboarding Templates and introductory webinar to help you schedule your new employee’s first few weeks of training, whether that be remotely or in-person.
• Basic Support, regarding the Onboarding Templates by author Andy McNulty of Communication Performance Management Associates.
• Material Handling Fundamentals Product Library
• Online Training Courses: Forklift Bootcamp & Material Handling Bootcamp
• Mentoring Program through Women in Industry
ProMatDX combines the power of the connections, solution-sourcing and education that only ProMat can deliver with the latest digital event technology in a five-day event that will be the most important week of 2021 for the manufacturing and supply chain industry. Attending ProMatDX is your unrivaled opportunity in 2021 to find solutions, connect with your peers and leading solution-providers and learn the latest trends and technologies that will take your supply chain to the next level of success.
Virtual Showcase
"Walk" the Tradeshow Floor Virtually.
Research material handling products and connect with member companies you know and trust. Over 100 MHEDA members used this opportunity to exhibit online and promote their company’s products and services. The Virtual Showcase has been well received and has recived very positive remarks. The Virtual Showcase will continue through January 2021 so please show your support and visit today!
Hawker Powersource, Inc.
New MHEDA Talks Podcast: Laurie Beth Nix on Social Media Marketing and Engagement
Host Shari Altergott, Chief Experience Officer of The CX Edge, interviews Laurie Beth Nix, Digital Marketing Specialist at Doosan Industrial Vehicle America Corp. They discuss all aspects of social media marketing including its role in the overall marketing strategy, branding, uses for different platforms, metrics to measure, engaging employees and customers, and more.
Employee Retention and Culture in the Age of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the material handling industry in many ways. From the availability of steel, to increased lead times, to an increased emphasis by customers on automation.
Easy to access educational programs that were recorded and are now available On-Demand. These are available when it’s convenient for you.
Dec. 16: Managing in an Uncertain Economy - FREE monthly interview-style presentation series to help plan during these unpredictable times.
Jan. 15-29: Learn about unique challenges to employers and workers as values sometimes differ between various cultures.
Elevated Flooring Solutions for AGVS and AMRs
Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC®
With more operations implementing robotic solutions such as autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to increase throughput and operational efficiency, it’s important to create the optimal environment to maximize the productivity of these technologies. Our NEW video explains the advantages of using ResinDek flooring panels on elevated surfaces traveled by robotic automation  
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Member News
Storage Solutions Inc. Acquired by Private Capital Investment Group, Will Expand Nationwide Services
Open Top Safety Gate Model Now Available in a Rack Supported Design for Cluster Picking Applications
EnerSys® and Hawker® Provide Premium Battery and Charger Solutions to KION North America Dealer Network Through Partnering Agreement
Loss of a Very Special Person – Steve O’Leary, former President and CEO NITCO
Raymond Donates More Than $11,000 to Breast Cancer Foundations Through Pink Pallet Jack Project
Michael Fritz appointed as Chief Executive Officer at US subsidiary of BITO-Lagertechnik Bittmann GmbH, Germany
Raymond Introduces Onboard Easy Attach Power Source for Heated Clothing Powered by Reach-fork® Battery
Caster Concepts Acquires Aerol Co., Expanding Its Services to Aerospace and Defense Contracting
Wolter Group LLC Expands to Missouri with Latest Acquisition of A D Lift Truck
Duravant Completes Acquisition of Cloud Packaging Solutions
MVP/MVS Awards
MHEDA is proud to announce that 17 companies have received the 2021 MVP Award. The MVP, Most Valuable Partner, is an annual recognition program exclusively for MHEDA's Distributor member companies. Achieving the award will give your company a tangible method to brand your excellence in material handling supply chain.
MHEDA is proud to announce that four companies have recieved the 2021 MVS Award. The MVS, Most Valuable Supplier, is an annual recognition program exclusively for MHEDA's Supplier member companies.
Spotlight on MHEDA
MHEDA staff members fulfilled the Christmas wishes of ten children and two seniors as part of the Catholic Charities annual Christmas Gift Program. Staff members donated funds and were able to purchase clothing, shoes, household items, toys and gift cards for these needy families as a part of their annual holiday Give Back program. This is the 2nd year the staff has participated in this worthwhile program. “Just as our members are committed to giving back, your MHEDA staff is dedicated to serving those in need from our local community. Now more than ever, it’s important to support families who are struggling especially during this holiday season. We applaud the hundreds of members who contribute to worthy causes throughout the year and recognize those who also support the give back initiatives that have become a mainstay of MHEDA events. We are grateful to be part of such a generous industry.” Liz Richards, MHEDA CEO.
As the new main editor for MHEDA, I wanted to introduce myself and express how excited I am about getting to know each and every member, your business, your chapter and your stories. As your editor, I’m always on the hunt for articles that would be of interest to you. Please let me know of any story opportunities or ideas you may have by reaching out to me at or by calling or texting me at 352-792-4867.
On the Bright Side
A Florida business owner who was once down on his luck is giving back by covering the utility bills of 114 families who were facing disconnection.

Michael Esmond's generosity started last year when he paid the utility bills of 36 households in his community of Gulf Breeze. This year, with both Hurricane Sally and Covid-induced economic turmoil hitting the city, he thought he needed to up the ante.

"This year to me probably is more meaningful that last year with the pandemic and all the people out of work having to stay home," Esmond told CNN. "Hurricane Sally slammed us pretty good and hurt a lot of people. We still have a lot of the blue roofs here, where they're just covered with tarps."

Esmond donated $7,615.40 to pay for the past-due bills of 114 households, according to Joanne Oliver, the city's utility billing supervisor. Holiday cards notifying the residents will be mailed this week, she says.
Source: CNN
Propane Education & Research Council