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Welcome to Material Handling Wholesaler’s 40th year in publishing! I’m Dean Millius, General Manager & Publisher of Material Handling Wholesaler. Over the last several months my staff has been reading the archives of Material Handling Wholesaler and commenting on the many changes, the people and innovations that have formed our world Dean Millius 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. AUGUST 1979

Tom Wardian from Owings Mill, Maryland formed a company named Wardian Corp. and published the first issue of Material Handling Wholesaler. Having been in the forklift industry he saw a void in the industry. “It felt a lot like we were missing a piece of equipment we really needed, something Tom Wardian that would move information around so that everyone could know about it. Something that would help industry members keep in touch. Something that could help us find the equipment we needed and help us to sell equipment we didn’t need. I looked hard and couldn’t find anything that fit that description.” Tom Wardian said in the August 1982 issue of Material Handling Wholesaler. The first issue was just eight pages and had the following advertisers following the dream of Mr. Wardian. They were Flight Systems/SCR Parts., Modern Handling Equipment (PA), East West Company, Roach and Associates, IMMS Fork Truck, Voss Electric, Wales Equipment, Harlan Corporation, Materials Transportation Company, Triple “R” Service and Design Systems. Material Handling Wholesaler had a nationwide circulation which consisted of ITA members and dealers of over 5,300 subscribers.

AUGUST 1985

Tom Wardian and staff celebrate a milestone of 76 pages, 253 classifieds and 118 display ads in the August 1985 issue. At this time Material Handling Wholesaler reached over 14,000 in circulation and touts that 75% of Wholesaler advertisers in the first issue, six years ago, are still active advertisers. In October 1985, Material Handling Wholesaler expanded to offices on 110 Painters Mill Rd. located in the Painters Mill Professional Building in Owings Mill. Each issue increased in size from company’s we still know today like Grand Rock, Systems Material Handling (Now TVH), Flight Systems, CBI Attachments, Arrow Material Handling, Ohio Lift Truck, Atlas Companies, Grindstaff Engines, Hader Industries, Toyotalift of Minnesota just to name a few. JANUARY 1987

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In January 1987, Material Handling Wholesaler debuted the “Source.” It was the beginning of an annual directory listing printed in a digest size that was mailed to 15,000 material handling dealers, manufacturers, repair shops and service companies. This was one of three other media Wardian published at this time including Material Handling Wholesaler and Material Handling News.

FEBRUARY 1987

The February 1987 front cover highlighted three material handling shows to be held that spring. MAY 1987

In May 1987, Material Handling Wholesaler changes the front cover design to become even more news intensive with the addition of monthly columns which are featured on the left hand column of each issue. Please note MHI’s (formerly MHIA) own John B. Nofsinger on the front cover when he became the vice president of administration of MHI. AUGUST 1989

The August 1989 issue of Material Handling Wholesaler celebrates 10 years in publishing. It also celebrated Hugh Ayers 40th year in the industry selling lift trucks. He was employed at Yale & Towne (now Yale Materials Handling Corp.) Mr. Ayers was also a MHEDA president.

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MAY 1990

The May 1990 issue of Material Handling Wholesaler receives a total front cover makeover and the new owners located the publication on the west coast. After more than a decade of nurturing Material Handling Wholesaler, Tom Wardian sold the industries oldest shopper to IW Publications based in May 1990 Seattle, WA. Due to Tom’s poor health and a surgery on the near horizon he feared his absence would hurt the publication so he sold it to IW Publications. During his watch the industry grew from only a dozen wholesalers in the country to over 100. Material Handling Wholesaler was now under new ownership and lead by Publisher Doug Canfield. His background was in construction publications, part of which was at Dataquest. Along with Canfield was advertising manager, Sterling Weiss who came from a lift truck background selling lifts and cranes at Genie Industries. The editor was Dave Neibart. “Our charge, as the original and largest-circulated shopper in the business, is to be a positive, responsive force in the wholesale material handling distribution chain.” said Doug Left to right: Gisela Miles, circulation manager; Canfield in the June Katherine Bush, receptionist; Doug Schwarts, 1990 issue of Material classified ad coordinator; Doug Canfield, publisher; Sterling Weiss, advertising manager; Handling Wholesaler.

JANUARY 1991

In the January 1991 issue of Material Handling Wholesaler creates a new tag line. “Tool of the Trade” This slogan is used on the front cover and in self promotion ads throughout the industry. SEPTEMBER 1991

The September 1991 issue of Material Handling Wholesaler introduced two major changes to the look and feel of the publication. The front and back September 1991 September 1991 Covers are printed Debut of Source pages were printed on glossy paper Directory on glossy 60 pound enamel paper and the Source Directory (formerly the “Source” mailed directory) premiered inside the pages of Wholesaler. With being in the midst of a recession these moves were considered bold knowing that glossy paper was more expensive than newsprint and repositioning a mailed directory to a monthly feature inside the Wholesaler. It worked. We continue to do both today. OCTOBER 1991

The October 1991 issue premiered the first Battery Tech column from William (Bill) C. Shumay, Jr. Bill retired his column in 2009.

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Material Handling Wholesaler introduced the Return Response Card program. This advertising feature consisted of three 3x5 cards bond in each month’s magazine saving advertisers money on direct mail costs. AUGUST 1993

The August 1993 issue premiered the first Bottom Line column from Garry Bartecki. Garry continues to write his monthly column in print and on-line.

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The May 1995 issue premiered the first “themed” issue. The cover story focused on industry replacement parts and services written by John R. Walker. This parts and service focused article continues today but has been moved to the July issue. With a great reader response John started writing his own column each John Walker month in Wholesaler. That column continues in print and on-line today. In order to project more of a magazine image, Material Handling Wholesaler, in its July 1996 issue, stopped placing news articles on the front cover and started using industry photos or illustrations to compliment that issue’s cover story. JULY 1996

In order to project more of a magazine image, Material Handling Wholesaler, in its July 1996 issue, stopped placing news articles on the front cover and started using industry photos or illustrations to compliment that issue’s cover story. JANUARY 1997

Hillary Hawley becomes the new editor of Material Handling Wholesaler. AUGUST 1997

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Material Handling Wholesaler launches a web site that includes monthly articles, industry news and the Source Directory on-line. www.MHWmag.com JANUARY 1998

The January 1998 issue premiered the first Marketing Matters column from Dick Barnes. JANUARY 1999

Material Handling Wholesaler introduces an annual award to industry leaders called the MaHP award. Two annual awards were given out. The “Material Handling Dick Barnes Professional of the Year” and “Aftermarket Professional of the Year”. The Aftermarket award became the “Unsung Hero of the Year” a few years later. APRIL 1999

Sterling Weiss becomes the Associate Publisher of Material Handling Wholesaler. Sterling remains in that position until January 2000.

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Material Handling Wholesaler is acquired by Specialty Publications International, Inc. in Dubuque, IA. MARCH 2000

Material Handling Wholesaler is moved to the Midwest in Dubuque, IA. Dean Millius becomes the General Manager and Publisher. A position he still holds today. OCTOBER 2000

Material Handling Wholesaler premiers the first “Women in Material Handling” issue. This themed cover story acknowledges the many accomplishments and salutes the many women in the material handling industry. JANUARY 2001

Material Handling Wholesaler introduces a weekly e-newsletter called the “Wholesaler Weekly.” The newsletter features late breaking news, industry links and classified advertising. At this time January 2001 - Weekly debut Wholesaler has three media’s to reach the material handling industry. Print on a monthly basis. The Wholesaler Weekly on a weekly basis and a website available 24/7. AUGUST 2001

The August 2001 issue premiered the first Human Element column from Sid Scott focusing on human relations issues such as hiring, training, safety and retaining key employees. JANUARY 2002

Material Handling Wholesaler re-designs the original website with expanded industry news and new products. JANUARY 2003

Material Handling Wholesaler introduces the current Wholesaler logo on the front cover to kick of its 25th year in publishing. The interior pages received an eye pleasing font style and size change that is currently being used in this issue. SEPTEMBER 2003

To celebrate the 25th anniversary in publishing Material Handling Wholesaler and Marketing Matters columnist Dick Barnes publishes a book entitled, “Marketing Matters! Winning Strategies for Wholesaling”. The book is still available for sale for just $19.99. While supplies last, send your check to Material Handling Wholesaler, P.O. Box 725, Dubuque, IA 52004-0725.

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As the industry is more conscious of a “greener� environment, Material Handling Wholesaler creates a new themed issue. APRIL 2005

Ron Vaassen becomes Sales Manager of Material Handling Wholesaler. FEBRUARY 2007

Material Handling Wholesaler launches a digital publication. The publication is discontinued in August 2007. Ron Vaassen February 2008 Issue 1 $15.00 US

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Material Handling Wholesaler gives its reader the ability to search for equipment on the MHWmag.com. It also was indexed on the search engines each month. AUGUST 2009

Material Handling Wholesaler continued its sponsorship of MATTECH 2009 in Miami Beach, FL. The international Expo featured its first Fiesta on the Show Floor to show attendees. This would be the last year for the MATTECH Expo. AUGUST 2009

Andrea Hauser becomes the managing editor of Material Handling Wholesaler. Alva Coffman joins the sales staff at Material Handling Wholesaler. 2 O O 9

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Material Handling Wholesaler celebrates 10 years of Saluting Women in Material Handling Wholesaler with its annual cover story and individual salutes in the pages of the October 2010 issue.

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AUGUST 2008

Material Handling Wholesaler becomes a media sponsor of MATTECH 2008 owned and operated by Ian Howard at B & B Expositions. The augural show was held in Miami Beach, FL. MATTECH was an International show for manufacturers, dealers and suppliers in the material handling industry.

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Material Handling Wholesaler celebrates a retirement of a giant in the material handling industry with a multi-page section devoted to Howard Bernstein from the Atlas Companies within the pages of Wholesaler. In May, Howard received the prestigious MHEDA Distinguished Service Award. DECEMBER 2011

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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

George Prest is MHI’s new CEO. JANUARY 2012

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Material Handling Wholesaler exhibits at the first MODEX 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. The Wholesaler was also a media sponsor for the 2012 Georgia Logistics Summit held during the same time as MODEX. APRIL 2012

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Material Handling Wholesaler resumes publishing a digital issue and renames the Product Pursuit e-newsletter to the Wholesaler Digital newsletter that alerts over 2,800 Wholesaler digital readers that the new electronic issue is ready for viewing. All supplements and prior issues are available in a digital format and archived on the www. MHWmag.com website.

JUNE 2012

Material Handling Wholesaler assists the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc., MHI and MHEDA in introducing the Howard Bernstein Material Handling Industrial Distribution Scholarship. This 501(c)(3) tax exempt foundation accepts donations to fund scholarships for students throughout the Unites States who are enrolled and majoring in an industrial distribution program or a comparable engineering curriculum at a pre-qualified institution. To donate contact Donna Varner at MHI. Her email is DVarner@mhi.org. $5,000 Howard Bernstein Material

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Material Handling Wholesaler enters its 35th year in publishing news for the wholesale material handling industry.

MAY 2013

The staff at Caliper Corporation are the new columnists for the Human Element. They replaced Sid Scott as the monthly columnist. Herb Greenberg

MARCH 2014

Material Handling Wholesaler exhibits at the MODEX 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Wholesaler is also a media sponsor of the Georgia Logistics Summit going at the same time. APRIL 2014

Material Handling Wholesaler announces a publication size change to the May 2014 issue. After reader feedback and to be more conscious of the environment it will resize the monthly publication which reduces the amount of paper and fuel used to produce the monthly publication. In addition to this by reader request all monthly columns continue to the end before the next column begins. Prior to this all columns jumped throughout the publication.

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Clete Campbell is the new Your Business columnist. Mary Glindinning continues to write some of the cover stories and special assignments.

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JUNE 2015

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

OCTOBER 2014

Eileen Schmidt is welcomed as the new Your Business and Features columnist at Material Handling Wholesaler. TVH celebrates 45 years as one of the most respected names in the Industry.

JULY 2015

Industry icon Howard Bernstein passes away at the age of 92 on May 18th. 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 Howard Bernstein contributing his own money to fund it. Howard was proactive in getting Universities and Colleges 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.

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Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) enters into a definitive agreement to acquire Tailift Company, LTD which manufactures forklifts in Taiwan and China. JANUARY 2015

OCTOBER 2015

Linde Material Handling North America announced on November 14th that the new corporate name will change to KION North America Corporation, effective on January 1st.

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

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.

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Crown Equipment Corporation completes construction of their new office building at its global headquarters in New Bremen, Ohio.

Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing enters into an exclusive agreement with Toyota Material Handling USA (TMHU) to manufacture pneumatic tire forklifts under a private label agreement.

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.

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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.

Combilift announces $45 million new manufacturing facility over the next two-years in Monaghan, Ireland which will create 200 additional jobs. FSIP (Flight Systems Industrial Products) introduces the new Xtender battery regenerator to the industry. Material Handling Wholesaler and Material Handling Network introduce a joint venture in a new buy and sell

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CLARK appoints new authorized dealer CLARK Material Handling Company announced it has appointed Buffalo Lift Trucks, Inc. an authorized distributor of CLARK products in the Buffalo, NY APR. Buffalo Lift Trucks is a full service CLARK dealer, featuring full sales and service departments, a rental fleet, an aftermarket parts department as well as a full offering of allied products. “Buffalo Lift Trucks, a lift truck performer since its’ founding in 1985, is a great addition to the CLARK family of authorized Dealers”, commented Scott Johnson of CLARK. David Frank and his management team, including Paul, Dennis and Cathy bring a great deal of hands-on, practical experience to CLARK and the Buffalo market. Their attention to promoting and selling CLARK goods and services should yield strong and immediate results. Their energy and enthusiasm for mutual success is genuine and will be well received in the Buffalo market.” www.clarkmhc.com

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The Raymond Corporation is commemorating the 75th anniversary of two inventions that revolutionized the material handling industry: the hydraulic hand pallet truck and double-faced wooden pallet. These innovations were developed by George Raymond, Sr., founder of Raymond, and William House, the first engineer for Raymond, and patented on Nov. 7, 1939. “On occasions such as this, I reflect on the many achievements of my grandfather,” says Steve Raymond, grandson of George Raymond, Sr., and president of Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation, an authorized Raymond Sales and Service Center. “Although my grandfather was a man of great vision and ingenuity, he would be astounded by today’s technological innovations — both in the company’s broad line of products and the methods used to produce them. He also would be pleased that many Raymond products still are manufactured at the plant in Greene, New York, where he founded the company.” Originally established as Lyon Iron Works in Greene, the small foundry purchased in 1922 by George Raymond, Sr., marked the beginning of Raymond’s contributions to the material handling industry. In its 92-year history, Raymond has developed and patented technologies that have become industry standards, including the hydraulic hand pallet truck and the double-faced wooden pallet. www.raymondcorp.com

HOLT CAT® the Caterpillar® Equipment and Engine dealer for South, Central, North and North East Texas, announced that its president and chief operating officer, Allyn L. Archer, has decided to retire on December 31, 2014 after a distinguished 43-year career with the company. Archer joined the company as a service technician leadman in 1971 in Corpus Christi. He received Allyn L. Archer numerous promotions and worked in multiple sales and service roles across the company, ultimately ascending into senior management. Holt also announced that HOLT CAT executive vice president and general manager David Harris will succeed Archer, effective January 1, 2015. www.holtcat.com

Supply chain architect joins Barcoding, Inc. Barcoding, Inc. announces the addition of Chase Sowden, supply chain architect, to its team. A Six Sigma Black Belt with more than 20 years of experience, Sowden will help Barcoding create and deliver holistic, end-to-end solutions that add value to clients’ supply chains. In this position, he is tasked with analyzing how to better Barcoding’s current and potential clients’ operations with a blend of mobile technologies. Shane Snyder, president, Barcoding, Inc., said, “As Barcoding continues to grow and add more enterprise clients, we saw the need to bring on a specialist in supply chain architecture to take our solutions to the next level.

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Flux Power unveils new battery line for end rider forklifts/pallet jacks Flux Power Holdings, Inc., a developer of advanced lithium batteries for industrial applications, announced the beta version of its 500Ahe LiFT Pack lithium-ion battery for end rider pallet jacks, the newest entrant to its LiFT Pack line for Class III lift equipment (forklifts). In response to customer requests for a higher power lithium storage alternative to legacy lead-acid batteries, Flux developed and is now releasing the beta version of its 500Ahe LiFT Pack model E3 battery for end rider pallet jacks which carry a standing driver in addition to a pallet load. End Riders are larger, heavier and more powerful than walkie pallet jacks, Flux’s initial target market, requiring a more robust energy storage solution. Flux’s strategy has been to build industry awareness and adoption for its lithium-based LiFT Pack solutions, starting with smaller, widely-deployed walkies, and then to extend into larger, more complex solutions such as end riders. www.fluxpwr.com

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Material Handling Wholesaler welcomes Dave Baiocchi as the new Aftermarket columnist. Shoes he admitted would be hard to follow in John Walker’s footsteps. Dave is a leader in the forklift business. He spent 33 years in the equipment business as a sales manager, aftermarket director and dealer principal. He currently is a consultant at Resonant Dealer Services and serves on several industry boards and committees.

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc. announced that its wholly-owned operating subsidiary NACCO Material Handling Group, Inc. Hyster and Yale brands will market globally under the corporate name Hyster-Yale Group, Inc. FEBRUARY 2016

Industry leader Gary Walter Bennicoff passes away at 72. He started as a forklift technician and worked his way up to executive level positions. Walter was the first Material Handling Wholesaler “Aftermarket Professional of the Year” award recipient in 1998. He also secured the Nissan’s Lifetime Achievement Service Gary Walter Excellence Pinnacle award. Many said Gary was the “best there was.” APRIL 2016

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Material Handling Wholesaler makes the June issue an annual safety issue to celebrate the Industrial Truck Associations (ITA) Forklift Safety Day which is a new safety recognition month for the Industry. JULY 2016

Material Handling Wholesaler monthly columnist and Industry Aftermarket icon retires and writes his last aftermarket column. Walker joined the Wholesaler magazine as its Aftermarket columnist in 1995. He wrote 252 articles consisting of 428,400 words and called us 756 times to make sure he hit the deadline. John’s followers loved his column throughout the 21 years at Wholesaler. Yes, John still calls in to make sure we are doing the best job in the industry! Thanks again John for making our magazine the best!

Material Handling Wholesaler and Material Handling Network 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. 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. NOVEMBER 2017

Toyota Material Handling USA (TMHU) celebrates their 50th anniversary of selling its first Toyota forklift in the United States to a grape farmer in Fresno, California. This forklift is displayed at their Columbus, Ohio location. To mark the golden anniversary, a custom-designed, engineered and built gold-painted forklift was unveiled at the milestone celebration on August 30th. FEBRUARY 2018

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Forklift Simulator named Best New Innovation The award winners were announced at the ProMat’s 70th Anniversary Celebration. The MHI Innovation Award pays homage to the freshest and the best in manufacturing and supply chain products. Forklift Simulator was proud to pick up the award for Best New Innovation. Recognized as a pioneering startup company, Forklift Simulator was celebrated for providing a new product set to transform the way forklift operators are trained. Intuitive 360° virtual reality headgear and realistic driver’s seats allow workers to hone their skills without using expensive real world equipment. Lowering the cost of expensive operator training and reducing the risk of accidents in the workplace are the key benefits of the simulator. And this groundbreaking product was recognized by the MHI, an international industry trade association. Andy Van Den Broeck of Forklift Simulator commented, “We’re absolutely thrilled to accept the award for MHI Best New Innovation. Our simulator offers the very best in virtual reality environments, so people can train in authentic conditions at a reduced cost and in complete safety. We’re so proud of our product and getting such recognition with this prestigious award is fantastic.” www.forklift-simulator.com

MARCH 2018

Industry veteran retires after 38 years of service Dave LeMaster, Vice President of Associated, announced his retirement after 38 years of service to the material handling and supply chain industries. Starting his career in 1977 as a Sales Representative for the company’s Central Illinois Operation Dave has played an important part in Associated’s growth and success. Throughout his career, Dave has made contributions to Associated that have helped Dave LeMaster shape the organization and have positioned them well for the future. “It is rare to find an individual who spends their entire career at one organization. It is also rare for an individual to directly contribute to an organization from the day they walk in the door to the day they walk out. Dave is an individual that truly projects the Company’s biggest asset, our ‘experience and expertise’. Any long term endeavor takes commitment. Dave was continually committed to the success of Associated throughout his career. For all of these reasons and more, we will miss Dave but wish him a happy and healthy retirement as he spends more time with his family enjoying things he never had enough time for during his professional career”, said Michael B. Romano, President/CEO of Associated.

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Material Handling Wholesaler celebrates its 40th anniversary in publishing. MHconX and Forklift-International. com aka “Forklift” combined sites under one website. The website management CEO and Owner Hubert Mühldorfer and COO Christoph Hubert Mühldorfer Christoph Schmidt Schmidt launched the Forklift-International 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. Wiggins Lift family patriarch Hattie America Wiggins died. She led the company for 63 years.

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