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MEMBER CONVEYOR SOLUTIONS PROFILE Building Relationships One Solution at a Time Conveyor Solutions celebrates 20 years of forward-thinking solutions I BY STEVE GUGLIELMO n 2016, Conveyor Solutions, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary. The company has grown considerably since its founding. For 20 years, its core principles remain the same and have not only carried Conveyor Solutions through its first 20 years, but have it primed to grow even larger going forward. At the heart of the company's success is a forward-thinking willingness to change and evolve with the times. Before President Scott Lee co-founded the company in 1996, he had worked in a Fortune 500 company while going to school to get his MBA. "I knew within three months that this wasn't the job for me," says Lee. "I couldn't foster and grow in that environment." Lee stayed with the company until he finished his MBA and then went to work for a small distributor in the material handling industry. "I knew within a year that this was something that I had to be involved with at an ownership level," he says. "Twenty years ago, we were a very black and blue industry. The industry was slow to adapt and incorporate new technologies. The opportunities for someone just out of college with a degree in engineering and an MBA to come in and implement technology and networks and computers, were excellent. I really felt like I was getting in on the ground floor and I knew I needed to own something of my own." So, just after July 4, 1996, Lee and co-founder Joe Tholl started Conveyor Solutions in a room in Joe's house. "When we first started the company, we were focusing primarily on conveyor systems," says Lee. "We were handling projects from cradle to grave, meaning from concept, design, drawings, engineering, installation, start up, and service. We were truly a conveyor systems integrator, just at a small level, focusing mainly on the conveyor itself." Expansion and Evolution There were three major drivers that led Conveyor Solutions to expand its scope from solely conveyor systems to the full product offering they have 32 MHEDA | themhedajournal.org http://www.themhedajournal.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2016

Chairman's Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor's Note
MHEDA’S 2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND MBOA
Ask Your Board
MHEDA University Calendar
MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
@ WORK
WOMEN AT WORK
DISTRIBUTORS FORECAST
SUPPLIER FORECAST
MHI FORECAST
ITA FORECAST
CEMA FORECAST
MAPI FORECAST
A POSITIVE 2016 IN STORE FOR MATERIAL HANDLING
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word

The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2016

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