MHEDA is the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association and is the premier trade association dedicated to serving all segments of the material handling business community.

For over 60 years, MHEDA has provided material handling companies and their employees with business resources, leadership training, networking opportunities, benchmarking data, career development tools and insights on the latest industry trends. Learn more about MHEDA’s member services.

Over 600 distributor and manufacturing companies across the world representing several thousand employees utilize our resources each day to help their business stay competitive and employees stay connected. Join the MHEDA community.

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.

Our Members represent the nation’s major material handling distributors, as well as the leading manufacturers of storage and handling, lift trucks, conveyor equipment and technology.

Mission Statement

To ensure member distributors are the preferred conduit to the market and to be a resource to all industry stakeholders.

Objectives of MHEDA

Provide industry specific educational resources to improve members’ business practices.

Facilitate industry networking.

Information Services
Provide industry specific information, statistics and performance data.

Member Advocacy
Promote the industry and the value members bring to the supply chain.

Recruit and engage member companies to increase the strength of the association.

History of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association

Over sixty years ago, a small group of 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 ensure a voice for your business. Hence, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association was established on October 10, 1954 at the Morrison Hotel in Chicago.

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 is a thriving association of more than 600 members representing the finest distributors, manufacturers, and factory-owned branches in the material handling industry. MHEDA continues to carry on the tradition of the founding fathers with a dedication to promoting material handling industry excellence. After 60+ years, MHEDA remains at the forefront of the material handling industry, fulfilling its mission to further improve the proficiency of material handling distributors in order that they continue to be the most effective and efficient conduit to the marketplace.

We are your direct connection to the Material Handling Industry’s hottest trends, newest products, best management training workshops and represent a wealth of resources for all material handling businesses.