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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 T he 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 Annual Convention that draws hundreds of members, families and guests. A 17-member board of directors makes recommendations and develops initiatives in the areas of education, networking, membership and member advocacy. It is a modern, innovative organization that is the envy of trade associations across multiple industries. It's a far cry from the MHEDA of 60 years ago, which began in 1954 as no more than an idea in the minds of a small group of distributors. At that time, material handling was an up-andcoming industry that was capitalizing on the wave of manufacturing in the United States after World War II. As the industry grew, it became evident to a number of distributors that they needed to band together to improve profitability and business acumen. A handful of 60 MHEDA | themhedajournal.org distributors contacted one another to gauge interest in establishing a trade association, and on October 10, 1954, met at the Morrison Hotel in Chicago. The eight distributors at that meeting were: A.C. Andrews, A.C. Andrews Company; Robert G. Arnold, Arnold Machinery Company, Inc.; Albert Bode, The Bode-Finn Company; Art Canfield, M.E. Canfield Company; C.H. "Bud" Ellis, C.H. Ellis Company, Inc.; Harry W. Embry Jr., Embry Brothers, Inc.; George E. Furnival, Furnival Machinery Company; and L.J. Johnstone, Lewis Johnstone Company. Joseph T. King and William R. Noble, from the law firm of King, Noble & Sonosky, also attended. In what would become a defining attribute of MHEDA, the group represented a large geographic area and multiple lines of business. After a spirited discussion, the group officially formed the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association. Word of the new association quickly spread throughout the industry, and by spring of 1955, there was enough interest to hold the association's first annual Convention. The Morrison Hotel was again the meeting spot, and 60 distributors traveled to Chicago to take part in the event. Meeting attendees achieved their primary business goals of electing a board of directors and writing association bylaws, and MHEDA was up and running. Few in the room knew it at the time, but they had laid the foundation for an association that has helped the industry and its members prosper for six decades. Visionary Leadership From the very beginning, one of MHEDA's defining and most sustaining traits has been excellent leadership. The first board was made up of a http://www.themhedajournal.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2014

President’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
MHEDA’s 2014 Board of Directors and MBOA
Ask Your Board
MHEDA Member Profile
At Work
Distributor Forecast
Supplier Forecast
Manufacturer Forecast
Material Handling Forecast
Conveyor Forecast
Industrial Trucks Forecast
MHEDA: 60 Years of Moving Members Forward
Don Chance Retires From NMHG
Convention Preview
The New and Improved 2014 MHEDA Disc Report
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA University Calendar
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category

The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2014

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