This feature is the second in a series profiling associations connected to the heavy equipment industry. These important associations are the collective voice of the people who manufacture, buy, sell, rent, and finance equipment, ensuring they have the resources they need and that their voice is heard.
Name: Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)
Year Founded: 1954
HQ: Vernon Hill, IL in Chicago area
- Independent distributors of material handling equipment that sell, service or rent new or used material handling equipment.
- Factory owned branches or manufacturer representatives who sell material handling equipment only to distributors, not end users.
- Companies that manufacture or sell material handling equipment, or offer specialized services to support the industry
MHEDA members distribute and manufacture a variety of products, ranging from industrial trucks to pallet racks and conveyors.
Membership Size: More than 625 companies globally
As with any industry, keeping up to date on current trends and news, and making new connections that ultimately grow their business, are vitally important to equipment distributors. But immediate daily challenges and commitments often supersede, and it’s easy to overlook Read more »
This feature is the first in a series profiling associations connected to the heavy equipment industry. These important associations are the collective voice of the people who manufacture, buy, sell, rent, and finance equipment, ensuring they have the resources they need and that their voice is heard.
Name: North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA)
Year Founded: 1900, originally as National Federation of Retail Implement & Vehicle Dealers’ Association
HQ: Fenton, MO southwest of St. Louis
Members: Equipment dealers, including agricultural, construction, outdoor power and large property equipment dealers
Membership Size: Approximately 5,000 equipment dealers in U.S. and Canada
NAEDA’s motto is “Help Dealers Succeed.” To reach this broad goal, the association has defined a multi-part purpose: Read more »
Construction industry standards can become as cumbersome as the federal tax code, growing more unwieldy over time as incremental changes are made.
ACI 318, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete,” governs the design and construction of structural concrete members. The document is issued by the American Concrete Institute (ACI), a non-profit founded in 1904 as a standard developing organization.
Undertaking Comprehensive Reorganization
Since 1971, the ACI 318 Code has grown from 750 provisions covered in 78 pages, to 2500 provisions covered in 500 pages. These increases reflect decades of new technologies and evolution in our understanding of the behavior of structural concrete. As the current code cycle began six years ago in 2008, ACI Committee 318 members were tasked with the massive reorganization of the code with a simple goal in mind, greater ease of use.
The process has not been for the faint of heart, requiring years of meetings, ballots and public discussion. But the finish line is finally near: the publication of ACI 318-14 is planned for fall 2014, and it will be referenced in the 2015 edition of the International Building Code. Read more »