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Very First Material Handling Network - January 1982



Welcome to Material Handling Network’s 40th year in publishing! I’m Kip Krady. Over the last several months the Material Handling Network staff has been reading the Network archives and commenting on the many changes throughout our 40-years, the people and innovations that have formed our world of material handling the way it is today. I think we could have written hundreds of more pages to this supplement. As you continue to read forward, I hope you enjoy some of our history that we have found interesting and possibly bring back some memories.

Material Handling Network’s Timeline January 1982 -

Original First issue The launch of Material Handling Wholesale Network located in East Peoria, IL hit the mail boxes of 7,300 new subscribers. The free monthly publication offered dealers, wholesaler and manufacturer an ideal advertising marketplace for new and used equipment. Some of the original advertisers in the first edition were Patterson Lift Truck, Dataquest, Little Giant, Crest Manufacturing, Char-Nor Enterprises, Intrupa, Anderson Industrial Parts Corp., and SCR Parts-a division of Flight Systems. The first issue was 16 pages printed on newsprint as a broadsheet publication. Michaeleen Hawkins and Nola were the account executives from the start.

January 1985 From 1982 – 1985 the MHW Network was rebranded to Network – “For the Material Handling Industry”. The advertisers in each issue grew to over 130 and pages 4 Material Handling Network 40th Supplement

increased to over 60 pages. In the January 1985 issue promoted ProMat 85 located in Chicago, IL sponsored by Material Handling Institute Show and Forum (now MHI) located in Pittsburgh, PA. Advertisers in this issue include SMH, Equipment Company of Los Angeles, Container Bins, Inc., Hawthorne Lift Systems, Warfield Electric, Clarklift of Arkansas, Attachment Network Inc., Stallion Tire Company, Grindstaff Engines, LiftRite, United Network Wholesale, Arrow Forklift Parts, Voss Lift Parts, and Interthor to name a few advertisers.

May 1986 The Material Handling Institute, Inc. (MHI) conducted a six-month study that was part of the planning process for LOGISTEX 86 to be held on May 6-8 in St. Louis, MO. The finding included all kinds of information which was presented during the show. Many of the findings told MHI the show should focus on productivity improvements like better information flow, improvements in space or cube utilization to reduce inventory, deregulation in the trucking industry, public warehousing and vendor markings of goods for retail shelves as told by MHI’s Director of Marketing William Clayburg. April 2022


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March 1990 Dubuque-based Woodward Communications, Inc. acquires Material Handling Network on March 27, 1990.

January 1991 The masthead changed to more of an international look to show the global view of material handling. In addition to the front cover changes Mike Hawkins, General Manager of Network announced their offices were expanding plus Network was getting a new phone system to better serve its customers.

March 1991 As seen in Material Handling Network August 1986 Health - Letting go of leanness

October 1987 Andra Stephens was hired as a Material Handling Network Creative Designer. Andra Stephens

October 1988 In this issue the byline on the front cover changed from “For the Material Handling Industry” to “For International Material Handling”. Joseph Industries celebrated its first year as an Employee-Owned Company on October 1, 1987. The ownership changed from a family-owned business to a 100% employeeowned business. 6 Material Handling Network 40th Supplement

Tony Martin joins the staff as an Account Executive on March 13, 1991 Network General Manager Michaeleen Hawkins announced that this issue had over 165 advertisers with many more in the classified advertisers. The issue was 124 pages. The issue also announced the 1st North American Material Handling Show & Forum that was taking place in Detroit, Michigan March 30 – April 2. This eventually called the NA Show which is now MODEX that is held in Atlanta, Ga. The show was sponsored by MHIA (Material Handling Industry of America which is now MHI.) Tony Martin

January 1992 Nancy Gudat joins Material Handling Network as an Account Executive.

January 1994 Andra Stephens transitions into an Account Executive role at Material Handling Network.

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January 1996 In this issue the name of the publication changed from Network to Material Handling Network with a new larger look on the front cover. The front cover pages upgraded from a newsprint cover to a brighter heavier stock of cover paper. This made the issues go through the USPS sorters better so readers didn’t get a ripped publication when it appeared on their desk. The mailing label began stating Material Handling Network is a division of Woodward Communications, Inc., based in Dubuque, IA which still owns this publication.

July 1996 Material Handling Network debuts the bi-annual Network Directory of Material Handling. This is a staple in the industry which appears in the July and January issues of Network.

January 1998 Material Handling Network debuted its new website www.MHnetwork.com

April 1998

April 1999 Michaeleen Hawkins, General Manager leaves Material Handling Network. Heidi Landes joins Material Handling Network as a Graphic Artist.

June 1999 Tony Martin retires from Material Handling Network on June 31, 1999.

March 2000 Robert “Bob” Behrens replaces Michaeleen Hawkins as General Manager of Material Handling Network.

April 2000 MHN starts a new column to let readers know about how they can benefit in doing more business online with their website. The new column is called “Web Watch”. Katie Cain joins the Material Handling Network staff as a Graphic Artist.

June 2000 MHN issue celebrates a 156-page issue. Many thanks to our loyal advertisers; many have been with Network since the beginning.

November 2002

Roxie Cain joins Material Handling Network as the Office Coordinator/Circulation.

January 1999

Material Handling Network publishes its 250th edition.

March 2003

The masthead of this In this edition Material Handling Network issue changed it look introduces “The Parts Market Place of MHN”. from its larger Material April 2004 Handling Network to the publications initials In this issue, MHN introduces “MHN’s boldly displayed as Industry Link. A resource for readers to find MHN. products and services by category.

February 1999 The impact of the new OSHA regulations. 8 Material Handling Network 40th Supplement

August 2004 As Material Handling Network celebrates 22 years in publishing, the masthead changes April 2022

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In this issue a new column began as Michael Creamer started “Creamer’s Corner” that focused on the world of sweeper/scrubbers.

August 2006 Mitzi Mitzelfelt joins Material Handling Network as production lead.

October 2006 Material Handling Network debuts its first digital magazine to its readers.

January 2009

March 2011 Material Handling Network exhibits at ProMat 2011 in Chicago, IL for the first time.

December 2011 This month we congratulated two more industry leaders on their retirements. Material Handling Industry’s John Nofsinger and William (Bill) Montwieler. John marked 45 years with MHI and Bill served 28 years with the Industrial Truck Association.

January 2012

Material Handling Network debuts a new column called “Tech Talk” written by John Gelsimino Jr. from All Industrial Engine Service, Inc. This issue also began the “Safety Corner” with articles written by Jeff Ord from Forklift Safety Training Services.

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George Prest is MHI’s new CEO. Material Handling Network exhibits George Prest at the first MODEX 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Network was also a media sponsor for the 2012 Georgia Logistics Summit held during the same time as MODEX.

March 2010 Material Handling Network publishes the last cover story and supplement devoted to Material Handling Industry’s (MHI) NA 2010 Show in Cleveland, OH. The show was replaced with MODEX Show in March 2012 in Atlanta,GA. Prsrt Std US Postage PAID Wholesaler

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Atlanta, GA. Network is also a media sponsor of the Georgia Logistics Summit going at the same time.

April 2014 Mitzi Mitzelfelt leaves Material Handling Network. In this issue a new health column makes it debut called Health Nudge written by TVH’s Bonnie Steer.

May 2014 Material Handling Network debuts a new digest size which is the current size of the magazine.

August 2012 This issue celebrates the “Dog Days of Summer” which displays the pets in the Material Handling Industry.

TVH celebrates 45 years as one of the most respected names in the industry.

January 2013 Material Handling Network exhibits at ProMat 2013 in Chicago. Co-founder and president of American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) Jock Menzies died unexpectedly on August 16. After witnessing the breakdown of relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina he organized an effort and engaged supply-chain professionals and trade associations to come together to form ALAN.

November 2014 Drones are introduced to warehousing and a new concept of drones delivering packages was being talked about in material handling.

December 2014 Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) enters into a definitive agreement to acquire Tailift Company, LTD which manufactures forklifts in Taiwan and China. Advertiser’s Index/Table of Contents 52

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Raymond celebrates their 75th anniversary with two inventions that revolutionized the material handling industry: the hydraulic hand pallet truck and the double-faced wooden pallet.

March 2015 In this issue, Material Handling Network received a major publication reduction due to changes in the U.S. Postal system distribution requirements. The larger size of Network was always a unique branding statement that made it stand out. Starting with this issue and remaining today it is the digest version that readers have become to love. The cover glossy stock is also heavier so it stands up to the mailing distribution until Network hits your desk. Crown Equipment Corporation completes construction of their new office building at its global headquarters in New Bremen, Ohio. HOLT CAT announced that its president and CEO Allyn L. Archer decides to retire on December 31, 2014 after a distinguished 43-year career with the company.

April 2015 Established over 10 years ago, West Point Rack is a fast-growing company with a competitive price and a very service oriented management team. Combilift announces $45 million new manufacturing facility over the next two-years in Monaghan, Ireland which will create 200 additional jobs. 14 Material Handling Network 40th Supplement

FSIP (Flight Systems Industrial Products) introduces the new Xtender battery regenerator to the industry. Material Handling Network and Material Handling Wholesaler introduce a joint venture in a new buy and sell equipment website www.MHconX.com.

June 2015 Forklift Simulator was named Best New Innovation from MHI at ProMat’s 70th anniversary celebration.

July 2015 Industry icon Howard Bernstein passes away at the th age of 92 on May 18 . He spent 75 years in the material handling industry building his business, Atlas Companies, in Chicago, Illinois. Most importantly he built friendships with everyone he met. He also spearheaded the Howard Bernstein Scholarship Fund contributing his own money to fund it. Howard was proactive in getting Universities and Colleges Howard Bernstein to begin courses in distribution. At this time only five Universities in the country taught this curriculum. This program is still going strong and is promoted through MHI and MHEDA.

October 2015 On August 29th, Harry Gretz from Transamerican Equipment with locations in North and South Carolina died at 73. A Harry Gretz 30-year industry veteran and selfmade man who grew his business into a nationally known forklift sales and rental company. April 2022


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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift Company LTD jointly acquires 100% of UniCarriers Corporation. Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing enters into an exclusive agreement with Toyota Material Handling USA (TMHU) to manufacture pneumatic tire forklifts under a private label agreement.

December 2015 Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Inc. (TIEM) marked a manufacturing milestone with the productions and sale of its 500,000-forklift built at the company manufacturing facility. To mark the occasion Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta president Lee Smith presented the lift truck to customer RockTenn, the second largest paper company in the world. It also coincided with their 25th year in making Toyota forklifts made in the USA.

January 2016 In this issue, Material Handling Network updated the look of the logo with a tag line. “The Material Handling Industry knows, Network Works.”

February 2016 Industry leader Gary Walter Bennicoff passes away at 72. He started as a forklift technician and worked his way up to executive Gary Walter level positions. He also secured Bennicoff the Nissan’s Lifetime Achievement Service Excellence Pinnacle award. Many said Gary was the “best there was.”

April 2016 MHconX introduces a new SMS Service to its reader. This service lets the reader text a unique code of a piece of equipment and in return gives a description of the details of a certain piece of equipment. Hyster-Yale announce agreement to acquire indirect control of Bolzoni S.pA.

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Material Handling Network and Material Handling Wholesaler announce an industry conference called MH Huddle to bring industry leaders together to network and share a day of learning in Chicago June 6th and 7th. The conference was canceled and was turned into two one-hour webinars. Michelle Stappert joins Material Handling Network as an Account Executive.

January 2017 Clark Material Handling Company celebrates 100 years. In May the company welcomes up to 50 people to celebrate this major milestone in Clark’s history of manufacturing. Clark printed a 16-page supplement in Material Handling Wholesaler in the September 2017 issue.

and built gold-painted forklift was unveiled at the milestone celebration on August 30th.

February 2018 Hyster-Yale acquires controlling interest in Zhejiang Maximal Forklift Company LTD.

March 2018 KION Group and EP Equipment mark a strategic partnership. Caterpillar moves its headquarters to Deerfield, Illinois from Peoria, Illinois. 300 people work at the new headquarters.

May 2018 FSIP (Flight Systems Industrial Products) celebrates 50 years. FSIP have been strong supporters of Material Handling Network. They CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR are one of our original advertisers. Thank you for your trust.

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Combilift opens its new manufacturing facility in Monaghan, Ireland at a cost of 50 million Euros. The facility is 500,000 square feet and will allow Combilift to double its production. In 2018 there was a total of 38,000 Combilift’s worldwide. 38


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January 2019 MHconX and ForkliftInternational. com aka “Forklift” Hubert Muhldorfer Christoph Schmidt combined sites under one website. The website management CEO and Owner Hubert Muhldorfer and COO Christoph Schmidt launched the ForkliftInternational site in 1998 and the website began its own presence in the United States in 2017. By combining the MHconX website with Forklift produced overnight advantages such as tripling the traffic and offered many new sales tools for forklift dealers to sell and buy material handling equipment. MHconX was a combined project of Material Handling Network and Material Handling Wholesaler. Wiggins Lift family patriarch Hattie America Wiggins died. She led the company for 63 years.

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Bill Bastian Sr. retires after Hatti Wiggins 63 years in the industry. At the age of 88 his final day at Bastian Solutions was December 31, 2018.

MHI announces the formation of a new Robotics Industry Group. Dirk von Holt is named its new president at TVH effective January 1, 2019. He replaces Pat McLaughlin. Dirk von Holt

May 2019 MHI’s ProMat 2019 is the largest event in MHI history with 49,178 registrations and a 11% attendance jump from ProMat 2017.

June 2019 Material Handling Network and Material Handling Wholesaler announce a oneday conference to take place in Rosemont, Illinois on September 19th. This conference includes a full day of networking and face-to-face learning for top and middle dealer management.

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March 2019 The race between Lead Acid and Lithium batteries takes the industry by storm. Toyota Material Handling USA (TMHU) and Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) announce plans to integrate into a single business unit by January 2020.

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Toyota Industries North America acquires Hoist Liftruck effective February 8th.

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On January 31, 2020, Karen Ruden resigns her position as WoodwardBizMedia Group Publisher. Dean Millius assumes her duties effective February 1, 2020.

February 2020 Dean Millius takes on the daily duties as General Manager/ Group Publisher role of Material Handling Network. Dean Millius

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April 2020 For the first time the MHEDA Convention and Exhibitor Showcase is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MHEDA Convention and Exhibitor Showcase returns in-person to Austin, Texas.

October 2021 On October 4, 2021 Kip Krady begins his position as the new Account Executive at Material Handling Network.

September 2020 In this issue Material Handling Network contains a couple of changes. A new logo and tag line that lets its readers know that Network now covers warehouse efficiencies and automation strategies. As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the world, so do many changes in material handling making automation the hottest category in material handling. The Network focus in its monthly editorial gives dealers, distributors and warehouse leaders the knowledge they need to know to thrive in this next phase of material handling. The monthly columns include Safety First, Warehouse Solutions and Business Management.

December 2020 George Prest writes his final update as CEO of MHI. John Paxton replaces Prest as the new CEO of MHI.

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This month Network debuts two industry sales reports to monitor new warehouses or facilities throughout the United States called “SalesLeads”. There are two reports which are the Industrial Manufacturing and Distribution/Supply Chain planned industrial project reports.

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Material Handling Network celebrates it’s 40th year in publishing and the 40th issue of Network’s Directory of Material Handling.

The cover story this month responds to the Forklift shortage that everyone is talking about due to EPA standards, a supply chain crisis, worker shortage and a new COVID-19 variant.

March 2022 George Prest

MHI’s ProMat Show turns to a digital experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The experience gave viewers a chance to learn during online conferences and virtual booths with hundreds of vendors.

August 2021 On August 20, 2021 Andra Stephens leaves Material Handling Network as Account Executive. She worked for the publication for 33 years.

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It’s the return of the in-person trade show MODEX 2022 in Atlanta, GA on March 28-31.

April 2022 The MHEDA Convention and Exhibitor Showcase returns to Orlando, Fla. This issue celebrates the 40th anniversary of publishing Material Handling Network with a special anniversary supplement.

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