January 15, 2021

Mfg-Supplier/Associate: High Performing Culture, Moorestown, New Jersey;  Legacy Platform, LLC, St. Francis, Wisconsin; Sunlight Batteries USA, Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina.

East Penn Manufacturing Co.,
CIT Group
Convention Focus
Due to the continued threat of the Covid-19 virus, MHEDA is delaying the opening of registrations and booth sales for the April 24-28, 2021 convention. We will continue to monitor the situation through the month of January and will keep you posted in early February as to whether we will move forward with an in-person event in April, potentially move to a later date or offer an alternate, virtual solution. Our primary goal is the safety of our members and the MHEDA team. We are extremely grateful for your support and thank you for your involvement in MHEDA.
News You Can Use
If you’re a small business looking for an incredible financing deal, regardless of whether you’ve been affected by the pandemic, then pay attention. Why? Because the new stimulus bill now forgives up to eight months of principal and interest payments on Section 7(a) and 504 Microloans from the SBA.
By Gene Marks, For The Inquirer, Posted: Jan. 5.
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!
Diversity and Inclusion Webinar Series
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
Monthly Series with ITR Economics
Jan. 20 - Managing in an Uncertain Economy - FREE monthly interview-style presentation series to help plan during these unpredictable times.
Learning Management System
MHEDA’s LMS platform offers career tracks that include access to multiple courses focused on a specific area of your business as well as conference videos, archived webinars, and business skills modules as individual courses.
Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Mitek Mezzanine Systems
MHEDA Talks: Andy Levin on Corporate Social Responsibility
Host Shari Altergott, Chief Experience Officer of The CX Edge, interviews Andy Levin, Co-Owner of MHS Lift. They discuss the importance of social responsibility and activities within a corporation, and Andy gives examples of his company's programs.
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 Mourns the Passing of Chuck Leone
Flight Systems Industrial Products (FSIP) President Barry Bowman Retires
NOBLELIFT North America Welcomes Don Hwang
Hytrol Announces Fort Smith, Arkansas as Site of Second Facility
Yale Earns Multiple Honors for Robotic Lift Trucks, Telemetry and Sustainability
Greg Bennett Joins HBS Systems to Lead Equipment Dealership and Rental Software Sales
Tri-Lift, Inc. Acquires Vantage Equipment LLC’s Material Handling Group, Expanding Territory and Offering
Tiffin Metal Products Announces New Facility in Switzerland
Equipment Depot Expands to 50 Locations Coast to Coast
Noblelift® Introduces Lithium Forklifts
Steel King Industries® Launches New Industrial Platform Group
TGW Sells US Conveyor Assets to MHS
MVP/MVS Awards
MHEDA is proud to announce that five companies have received the 2021 MVP Award.
National Lift Truck, Inc., Franklin Park, Illinois (8 years MVP)
Quality Material Handling Inc., Rancho Cucamonga, California (2 years MVP)
Tri-Lift NC, Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina (3 years MVP)
W.W. Cannon, LLC, Dallas, Texas (7 years MVP)
Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp., Brookfield, Wisconsin (10 year Award) - “We are proud to receive MHEDA’s Most Valued Partner Award. We exist to provide superior value to our customers. We can only accomplish this goal through maintaining excellent supplier relationships and a motivated and educated workforce. MHEDA is a big part of our engagement and training in the industry.” Jerry Weidmann, President of Wolter Group
We would like to congratulate all 59 companies who earned the 2021 MVP/MVS Award for their excellence in customer service, supplier relationships, employee training, and their exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees and their community. Congratulations!
Spotlight on MHEDA
After 40 years in our Vernon Hills, Illinois office, MHEDA has moved! With the MHEDA staff primarily working from home in 2020, we realized that a smaller office would not only work well for us, but would also save the association money. We have the tools in place to continue to provide you with the value you expect for years to come. We’d love a visit from you when you’re in town. Our new address is: 118 S. Main Street, Suite 11, Wauconda, IL 60084.
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.
If you have a question for MHEDA’s Board of Directors, please contact Rebecca Hein at or 847-637-5215. Your question could be featured in The MHEDA Journal.
First Quarter Issue Online Now
The First Quarter, 2021 Economic Forecast issue of The MHEDA Journal is now available on a fully interactive platform optimized for mobile reading. This issue is filled with articles from Distributors and Manufacturers speaking out about the economy. Also, meet the new Board and MBOA members as they describe what they are most excited about in 2021.
On the Bright Side
Aryana Chopra spent two weeks making cards for seniors at a nursing home in New York state. They say creativity takes courage. And sometimes courage means finding the self-discipline to sit down and handcraft hundreds of cards by yourself, even if you're only 5 years old.

That was the task burgeoning artist Aryana Chopra set herself. Her goal was to hand design New Year's cards for residents of a nursing home in Vestal, New York. Aryana, whose father is a doctor on the front lines of the pandemic, is well aware of the virus and the seriousness of quarantining, so this was her way to spread a little holiday cheer. "I got an idea of making cards for the people in the nursing home who can not go out and meet their friends and family because of the coronavirus," said Aryana. Once her mother, Shachi Chopra, saw that her daughter was hard at work designing the cards, she called a local nursing home and asked how many residents lived there.

"They told me the number was 200. I went back to Aryana and asked, 'Will you be able to make 200 cards? She was like, 'Yes, Mommy, I can do that." "For her, at a little age, to be thinking this way, my heart totally melted." Dedicated and determined to meet her end-of-year deadline, Aryana crafted the cards whenever she had time -- and took the project very seriously. Instead of just signing her name, each card features unique drawings: rainbows, snowmen, kids holding gifts and special New Year's messages.

The whole project took her almost two weeks to complete but like any striving artist, once the 200 cards were finished, Aryana wanted to take her project further so she went for broke -- literally. She broke open her piggy bank and spent the money she had collected over the course of the year to buy a gift for the nursing home. "She wanted to get a cake but the cake was not allowed because of the pandemic," Shachi said. "So we got a Santa Claus statue and a big vase." The cards and gifts have brought a lot of joy to the residents of Willow Point. One resident wrote a thank you letter to Aryana saying, "It sure put a smile on my face and a tear or two in my eyes."

Aryana hopes one day soon, "once the coronavirus goes away," she will be able to visit the nursing home and its residents. For now, she's counting her own blessings. "Kids, they think about what do they get in return, but she was like, 'No, mommy, you know what blessings are, they work wonders. If 200 people are going to bless me, that would be the biggest New Year's gift for me.'" Source - CNN.