First Quarter 2009 Contents

Distributors Positioning For Success In 2009
2009 is shaping up to be one of the most uncertain years in recent memory, but MHEDA Members plan to make the most of it.

A Glimpse Of What’s To Come
MHEDA Members look at trends to watch in the next decade.

How’d We Do?
Economic downturn impacts business forecasts.

ProMat Exhibitors Forecast 2009
New products and solutions will help suppliers to rise to the challenge.

ITA Predicts Stable Market For 2009
The year ahead will be different than the last half of 2008.
By Stan Simpson

Storage Sector Facing Challenges
Mixed results expected across industry segments.
By Hal Vandiver

Conveyor Industry Cautiously Optimistic In 2009
Material inflation and market dynamics leave CEMA members poised for uncertainty.
By Dan Fannin


MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE

A Mix Of History, Legacy And Innovation
Led by MHEDA’s new president, Riekes Equipment Company builds on its roots.

PRESIDENTIAL SPOTLIGHT

Hail To MHEDA’s New Chief!
Meet Duncan Murphy, MHEDA’s 55th President.

MEET THE BOARD

The Real Deal
Get acquainted with the 2009 MHEDA Board of Directors.

More Board of Directors! What’s on their iPods?

YOUNG LEADER PROFILE

Positively Charged
Process Manager Jennifer Link practices what she teaches.

CONVENTION PREVIEW

Powerful Positioning
Schedule of events for MHEDA’s 54th Annual Convention

MONEY MATTERS

Managing Discontinued/Isolated Product Liability Risks
Insurance and risk management may remain necessary after your business is sold.
By John Cavanaugh

Expense Leveraging And Gross Margin Management
Focusing on the big two will reap rewards.
By Albert D. Bates, Ph.D.

STORAGE & HANDLING

Warehouse Safety
Choosing and maintaining the right racking system for your clients
By Dany Dion

Do You Want Labels With That?
A classic add-on sale opportunity
By Kevin Marrie

GREEN INITIATIVES

Green Buildings
What you need to know

Green Building Checklist

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Outlook Good For Material Handling Students