What is MHEDA?

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MHEDA represents all segments of the material handling industry and offers industry specific business training and resources to help maintain and strengthen your company.

Read more about the services MHEDA provides.

MHEDA is your direct connection to the Material Handling Industry's hottest trends, newest products, best management training workshops and  represents a wealth of resources for all material handling businesses.

Mission Statement

To further improve the proficiency of Material Handling Distributors in order that they continue to be the most effective and efficient conduit in the marketplace and to be a resource to all industry stakeholders.


  • Education - provide industry specific educational resources to improve members' business practices

  • Networking - facilitate industry networking

  • Information Services - provide industry specific information, statistics and performance data

  • Member Advocacy - promote our industry and the value distributors bring to the supply chain

  • Membership - recruit and engage member companies to increase the strength of the association

History of MHEDA

Over sixty years ago, eight material handling equipment distributors recognized the need for a national organization to help distributors conduct business more professionally, offer opportunities to learn from each other, provide information relevant to business and insure a voice for your business. Hence, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association was established.

Since 1954, the association has been led by hundreds of volunteer directors, all working to make MHEDA a solid, growing national trade association with a mission to be the best resource for services and information for all material handling companies.

Today, MHEDA continues to carry on the tradition of the founding fathers with dedication to promoting material handling industry excellence. MHEDA is proud to announce that over 650 distributor and manufacturing companies from all over the world are part of MHEDA.

Read about MHEDA's 50 year history, MHEDA Profile, 1954-2004

Membership Category Descriptions                                      Membership Aplication

A company that operates its business independent from any manufacturer whose equipment it sells and is engaged primarily in the business of sales, servicing or renting new or used material handling equipment. 

Factory-Owned Branch/Manufacturers Rep.
A factory-owned branch or retail outlet of manufacturers of material handling equipment and one who acts as an independent representative for manufacturers of material handling equipment and sells only to distributors not to end users.

A company engaged in the manufacturer and sale of material handling equipment or offers specialized services to support the material handling industry.

Benefits of Membership

  • Material handling industry-specific financial reports and compensation surveys 
  • Extensive networking opportunities with industry peers
  • Educational publications and on-demand programs
  • Industry specific educational seminars conducted throughout the year
  • Discounts on business operations for members only

Join MHEDA Today and Receive...          Online Membership Application

  • Free DiSC Report (member only benefit)
  • Free Employee Compensation Survey (member only benefit)
  • Free link to MHEDA's web site
  • Discounts on MHEDA sponsored education programs and $100 off 1st registration
  • Multiple subscriptions to The MHEDA Journal
  • Multiple subscriptions to MHEDA's Connect e-Newsletter 
  • Networking opportunities with thousands of material handling professionals