NACCO Materials Handling Group, Greenville, N.C., produced its 500,000th lift truck at its
Greenville plant. The Hyster Co. E80AC, an AC-powered electric rider,
rolled off the line and is seen above on the left with Hyster President
Paul Laroia sitting in the cab, along with the first truck the plant
produced, a Yale Materials Handling Corp. K58 series. Also pictured is Yale
President Don Chance, sitting in the cab.
West Chester, Pa.-based MEI’s University Quality Repair Service Training Program
for vending has marked its first anniversary as the vending
industry’s first program for payment system repair technicians. The
program is a professional accreditation that assures MEI equipment owners
that they are receiving professional service from an MEI-authorized repair
center. To date, MEI University has certified more than 100 technicians
from 27 approved service centers.
Nestlé USA has
selected Tom Zosel Associates Ltd., Chicago, to support its logistics operations and
associated storage. Beginning in January, TZA will develop recommendations
aimed at sharpening operational efficiency. The program will kick off with
a structured plan to compare processes in all warehousing stages of
Nestlé’s distribution operations, including receiving,
put-away and replenishment, case picking, pallet picking, loading and
More than 200 Peterbilt dealership parts managers met in Dallas for the 2005
Peterbilt Parts Leadership Conference, where they attended business
strategy meetings, participated in workshops and honored their peers
receiving Manager of Excellence awards. Lee Anderson, parts manager for
Peterbilt of Utah, received the highest honor, and was named
Peterbilt’s North American Parts Manager of Excellence.
Rexam, London, completed
the acquisition of Precise Technology Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer of
plastic packaging. Rexam also has secured a long-term extension of its
contact to supply beverage cans to Red Bull, for which it has been
producing cans since 1987.
Plastic Suppliers Inc.,
Columbus, Ohio, has been given the Voluntary Protection Program’s
Star Worksite status award. The highest ranking a company can hold within
the program, VPP promotes effective worksite-based safety and health in
four recognition programs that cover management leadership and employee
involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety
and health training.
Melitta USA, Clearwater,
Fla., was awarded the Outstanding Safety Performance Award from Liberty
Mutual. Matthias Bloedorn, plant manager, and Jeff Bridges, director of
operations, accepted the award on behalf of Melitta. The award recognized
Melitta’s success in continuing its safety record by achieving 365
consecutive days without lost-time accidents at its two facilities located
in Clearwater and Cherry Hill, N.J.