Confidence Abounds As Dealers Expect Strong Growth in 2014

By Steve Guglielmo
Coming off of record sales in 2013, MHEDA dealers in all segments forecast growth in 2014.

1Q 2014 Milestones

MHEDA Members Donate Equipment and Services to State of the Art Lab The Toyota Production Systems Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a nationally recognized facility made possible, in part, by donations of equipment and services from MHEDA and MHEDA members such as UNEX, Toyota, Hytrol and Conveyor Solutions. Today, the Toyota […]

The 2014 MHEDA DiSC Report

By Robin Currie  It’s time to prepare for this year’s MHEDA DiSC Report for the Industrial Truck, Engineered Systems and Storage & Handling industries. Let’s take a quick look back at some of the highlights from last year’s industry report. The Currie team places substantial emphasis on the Return on Assets measure, especially in the […]

CEMA Sees Slight Decrease

By Robert Reinfried, Executive Vice President, CEMA The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) tracks new orders and shipped sales volume in nine classes of unit handling equipment and four classes of bulk handling equipment. The executives representing CEMA member companies who attended the Fall Meeting expressed cautious concern for the remainder of 2013 noting that […]

MHI Predicts Double-Digit Growth

By George Prest, CEO, MHI  The material handling industry has seen solid recovery since the recession and that growth should continue into 2014. Using MHI’s Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing (MHEM) forecast as a proxy, material handling equipment orders are forecasted to grow 7 percent in 2013 and 11 percent or more in 2014. Risks certainly […]

ITA Forecast: Economic Activity Sustains Industrial Truck Sector Growth

By Brian Feehan, President, ITA The element of a U.S. government shutdown and the recent fiscal debate in Washington on the debt ceiling added some uncertainty to the markets — although we have yet to accurately measure the exact level of uncertainty we do believe that there will be some negative impact in the fourth […]

MAPI Business Outlook: A Sense of Optimism for Manufacturers

Widespread improvement in a number of indexes suggests optimism for the manufacturing sector in the next three to six months, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Business Outlook. The survey’s composite index is a leading indicator for the manufacturing sector. The September 2013 composite index advanced to 66 from 58 […]

Don Chance Retires from NMHG

By Steve Guglielmo The Yale-gold lift track is ubiquitous in the material handling industry. Even people outside of the industry are familiar with Yale forklifts. It is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. The company, founded in 1844 and now part of NACCO Material Handling Group, is known for its outstanding product […]

MHEDA: 60 Years of Moving Members Forward

Association evolves over six decades to consistently deliver progressive, relevant programs to meet member needs. By Chris Powers The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) of today is a thriving association of more than 600 members representing the finest distributors, suppliers, factory-owned branches and manufacturers’ representatives in the material handling industry. The association holds an […]

Uncertainty Clouds 2014 Forecast – But Optimism Prevails

By Mary Lou Jay
The consensus is that the economy will remain relatively flat and the material handling industry as a whole will have only modest growth (if any). But companies have varying expectations about their own sales.