January 1, 2021
As we close the book on 2020, we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for all your support and friendship during a tough year. MHEDA would like to wish all of you a safe, happy and prosperous new year! We look forward to continuing our work on behalf of members in the material handling industry.
East Penn Manufacturing Co.,
CIT Group
Convention Focus
Join us 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!
News You Can Use
President Trump signed the long-awaited COVID relief bill as well as the government spending bill into law Sunday night. After the House and Senate passed the bills last week, Trump delayed signing to ask for last minute changes including an increase in direct stimulus checks and a decrease in government spending. The president indicated he would send Congress items he believes should be removed during the rescission process, but Congress would have to vote to approve any changes.
As previously reported by the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), the parts of the relief bil in which NAW members and the overall business community were most interested have all been resolved surprisingly satisfactorily.
Data & Server Security for Spectrum
This Spectrum branch has multiple clients that use their servers, and each client needs their system separated so only their employees can have access to those servers. So, the end-user needed secure separation in their data storage server room.
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Virtual Showcase
"Walk" the Tradeshow Floor Virtually.
Connect with member companies you know and trust. Over 100 MHEDA members are exhibiting online and promoting 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!
Learn about unique challenges to employers and workers as values sometimes differ between various cultures.
* Jan. 15 – How to Be a Culturally-Ready, Culturally-Friendly Employer: Insights into Your Diverse Workforce
* Jan. 22 – How to Work With & Lead People Not Like You
* Jan. 29 – How to Market & Sell to People Not Like You
Jan. 20 - Managing in an Uncertain Economy - FREE monthly interview-style presentation series to help plan during these unpredictable times.
Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Mitek Mezzanine Systems
George Prest on Collaboration, Leadership and the Future
Host Shari Altergott, Chief Experience Officer of The CX Edge, talks with George Prest, CEO of MHI in his last formal interview before retiring at the end of 2020. They discuss Promat DX 2021, leadership, team collaboration and how to measure success. George also gives his perspective about the future of tradeshows and the business environment.
NEW Fully Customizable ResinDek® Shelving System
Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC®
The ResinDek Shelving System is a newly developed and designed shelving system that easily stores and supports case goods in rack or shelving structures inside a warehouse, distribution, or manufacturing center. The ResinDek Shelving System consists of three basic components: ResinDek horizontal shelving, ResinDek vertical dividers, and lumber supports. This system easily installs without hardware, and our ResinDek dividers are far superior to cardboard and is less expensive than steel.
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Member News
MHEDA Members Assist in Vaccine Distribution
     • RMH Systems, Inc. Provides Packaging Solutions for Coronavirus Vaccine
     • Morrison Industrial Equipment was proud to have played a small part in Pfizer’s
       historic rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine out of their Kalamazoo plant in Michigan.
Made With Love From Worldwide
CLARK Material Handling Company Earns 2020 KEMI Destiny Award for Workplace Safety
Flux Power Announces Three Patents Pending for Advanced Lithium-ion Battery Technology
A Partnership and a Pledge: Toyota Material Handling Helps American Red Cross Carry the Load
Flux Power Receives 2020 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award
Wolter Group LLC Adds BOSS Railcar Mover Product Line
Jamco Inc. Celebrates One Full Year in Tampa, FL
Raymond Receives Supply & Demand Chain Executive 2020 Green Supply Chain Award
MVP/MVS Awards
MHEDA is proud to announce that four 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 Cascade Corporation, Portland, Oregon has recieved the 2021 MVS Award for the 6th consequetive year. The MVS, Most Valuable Supplier, is an annual recognition program exclusively for MHEDA's Supplier member companies.
“Cascade Corporation is honored to be a recipient of MHEDA’s Most Valuable Supplier (MVS) award for the sixth consecutive year. It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but our commitment to our employees, customers and our community remains steadfast. Maintaining the highest level of customer service remains our top priority. We appreciate that MHEDA continues to be an important resource during a time when the supply chain is more critical than ever.” - Pete Drake, Senior Video President - Operations Americas, Cascade Corporation.
Spotlight on MHEDA
After 40 years in our Vernon Hills, Illinois office, MHEDA is moving! MHEDA purchased the building in 1980, and for several years we had been contemplating getting out of the real estate business. Our first-floor tenant was a built-in buyer, and we closed the sale on Sept. 30. With the MHEDA staff primarily working from home this year, we realized that a smaller office would not only work well for us, but would also save the association money. When anyone on our team needs the use of a traditional office, we have the tools in place. You can rest assured that we will continue to provide you with the value you expect when we officially move to this new hybrid environment on Jan. 1. We’d love a visit from you when you’re in town. You can find us at 118 S. Main Street, Suite 11, Wauconda, IL 60084.
On the Bright Side
One high school is helping fight food insecurity with a student-run grocery store that uses paying it forward as capital.
During a particularly difficult year for millions struggling to make ends meet and get food on the table, Linda Tutt High School in Sanger, Texas, partnered with a local nonprofit to ensure students and their families have the necessities that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Principal Anthony Love told ABC News the idea initially came from First Refuge Ministries, a nonprofit that approached the school with the idea "because there's been a need identified in our community." "It didn't take me long to see all the possibilities that the store could bring, especially with it being run by students," he said. "The other aspect [is] giving back to the community during these challenging times -- even if it's just a little."
The shelves are filled with food products from the pantry and dry goods to fresh produce and household items that are all delivered by truck on pallets from First Refuge Ministries. It purchases the goods using funds from Texas Health Resources, which earlier this year awarded $300,000 for the Texas Health Community Impact program to address hunger in the Sanger Independent School District.
The store, which is open three days a week, operates on a point system that gives each student and staff in the district a set number of points based on the size of their household. Students with more family members at home get more initial points to shop.
"We give our students the same points to start with, but they're able to earn extra points," Love said. "Going above and beyond in the classroom, doing more than what is asked of them, doing a kind deed or being a mentor" are all ways students can obtain more points, as well as jobs around campus, he said. 
Source: GMA