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  • Supporting Second Harvest Food Bank

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina sent out a request for loaned forklifts via Feeding America. ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network) shared the request with MHEDA and within an hour Gregory Poole Lift Systems was able to loan 2 forklifts to help with the relief effort. We thank Second Harvest for their work in helping the people affected by the flooding from Hurricane Matthew and are glad that we could assist.

    Here are some stats:

    The food bank serves approximately 200,000 people in 7 counties around Raleigh.

    During a typical month they distribute about 850,000 lbs of food. Since the flood they have distributed 1.2 million lbs (41% increase in demand)

    The forklifts have allowed them to bring on additional volunteers and staff to meet the demand. Because of the type of tires on the lifts, they were able to use them outside and set up a drive-through food distribution in their parking lot.

    The pallets of water shown in the photo are going to Lumberton, which lost their water treatment facility due to flooding from Matthew. The school system is planning to re-open on Monday and the water will be used at the schools.


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  • Continued Growth Positions AHS, LLC to Once Again Receive the “Emerging 30” Award

    Cincinnati, OH – AHS, LLC has once again received the “Emerging 30” award from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, recognizing it as one of the fastest growing companies in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.

    The Emerging 30 award has been given annually for the past 15 years, and recognizes the top companies based on the highest average annual revenue growth. To be considered for this award, companies must have an average annual growth of 15% or more over the past three years.

    “AHS has been serving companies nationwide in a variety of industries for more than 40 years,” said Chuck Frank, president of AHS, LLC. “Combining the power of creative design with best-in-class equipment, we provide our clients with integrated fulfillment and distribution solutions for the supply chain. We are honored to represent the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region and we thank the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for recognizing the AHS team and our success once again.”

    About AHS

    AHS, LLC is a full-service provider of integrated fulfillment and distribution solutions within the supply chain. Uniquely equipped with multiple service groups that provide the complete spectrum of services and products, we help companies streamline processes, improve employee productivity, and maximize their return on investment. AHS is an affiliate of Gregory Poole Equipment Company. For more information about AHS, visit: or contact us at 800-891-5504.

    About the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

    The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Inc., founded in 1969, is the leading business organization in Northern Kentucky. It is a Five-Star Accredited Chamber with nearly 1,600 member companies representing approximately 175,000 employees. The Chamber focuses its efforts on education, workforce development, international trade, leadership development, and government relations at the federal, state and local level.

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  • Charleston County Economic Development Industry Appreciation Luncheon

    Gregory Poole Lift Systems was recognized at the Charleston County Economic Development Industry Appreciation Luncheon on October 18th. It was an honor to be in such good company and we thank you for the recognition!

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    Port Authority signs 10-year contract with Gregory Poole Lift Systems for Empty Container Handlers to handle increasing cargo volume

    RALEIGH, NC (June 30, 2016) – Gregory Poole Lift Systems delivered five new Hyster® H450HD-EC Empty Container Handlers to the Virginia Port Authority this week, fulfilling the need for additional cargo handling equipment to handle increasing port volume. The Port Authority has awarded Gregory Poole Lift Systems a 10-year contract to fulfill their empty container handler requirements.

    “This long term agreement with Gregory Poole and Hyster, whom have been a reliable mainstay in The Port of Virginia for much time, is representative of our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and sustainability,” said Bill Pierangelino, Vice President, Terminal Support and Engineering, Virginia International Terminals.

    With the expansion of the Panama Canal almost complete, ports in the eastern United States are bracing for additional port traffic and increased cargo volumes. The Canal’s expansion will allow passage of ships with up to 14,000 TEUs, almost three times the current 5,000 TEU capacity. The Port of Virginia is the only east coast port with congressional authorization for 55-foot depth channels. Gregory Poole Lift Systems partners with the Port Authority to provide material handling equipment and services that address this increasing demand. Three of the Hyster empty container handlers will be used at Pinners Point Container Yard and the other two will be used at Virginia International Terminals’ location at Norfolk International Terminals.

    “We value our longstanding relationship with the Virginia Port Authority as a full-service provider of material handling equipment and services,” said Hal Ingram, Group Vice President – Lift Systems, Gregory Poole Equipment Company. “We are committed to rightsizing their fleet with the most compatible equipment and working around the clock to maintain uptime and drive efficiency savings.”

    The Hyster full range of Big Trucks offers material handling capacities up to 105,000 lbs., together with high reliability, exceptional performance and a low cost of operation. The Hyster H450-500HD-EC series empty container handlers are versatile trucks designed for up to 7/8-high stacking in applications such as sea ports and sea terminal operations. These trucks provide superior performance in all aspects of empty container handling, lowering the cost of a container move. The trucks feature an EPA Tier 4 Final compliant Cummins diesel engine, delivering as much as 22 percent lower fuel consumption over prior models and competitive products. The unique mast design and curved tempered glass windshield create the best all-around visibility available.

    “The completion of the Panama Canal expansion and the new Post-Panamax vessels are going to radically shift maritime traffic across vital international lanes,” said Brett Schemerhorn, President of Big Trucks for Hyster Company. “We understand the potential direct impact this will have on U.S. ports and the necessary modernization and expansion required to accommodate these new economies of scale. Hyster® Big Trucks play a pivotal role in moving cargo at ports worldwide and are designed to ensure we are delivering the best, most dependable lift trucks to meet our customer’s needs.”

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    About Gregory Poole Lift Systems

    Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Gregory Poole Lift Systems ( is a full-service provider of material handling solutions throughout eastern North and South Carolina, Virginia and portions of West Virginia. Gregory Poole represents the full line of Hyster and Yale equipment, from electric pallet jacks to reach trucks to the most rugged container handler and reach stacker. The company’s complementary warehouse products, extensive parts inventory, OSHA training programs, service programs and rental fleet ensure that it delivers comprehensive solutions that drive efficiency for its customers. Gregory Poole Lift Systems has received the “Most Valuable Partner” award from Material Handling Equipment Distribution Association (MHEDA) for the past five years. For more information on Gregory Poole Lift Systems, please visit or call 800-447-3125.

    About Hyster Company

    Hyster Company is a leading world-wide lift truck designer and manufacturer. Hyster Company offers 130 lift truck models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel and electric power, with one of the widest capacity ranges in the industry — from 2,000 to 105,000 lbs. Supported by one of the industry’s largest and most experienced dealer networks, Hyster Company builds tough, durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and advanced ergonomic features, accompanied by outstanding parts, service and training support.

    Hyster Company is a division of Hyster-Yale Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ more than 5,300 people world-wide.

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  • NC Department of Labor Gold Safety Awards

    Our Wilmington, Fayetteville and Mebane locations were all recently recognized by the NC Department of Labor with Gold Safety Awards for 2015. Cherie Berry, NC Commissioner of Labor was on hand for the presentations along with Terry Batchelor and Kent Schwedler from Wilmington, Ron Vaughn from Fayetteville and James Bannister from Mebane. Congratulations to all 3 teams for this recognition and a great year!

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  • Safety Excellence Achievement

    Our Washington, NC Lift Systems group was recently recognized by the NC Department of Labor for achieving an injury-free 2015. Cherie Berry, NC Commissioner of Labor was on hand for the presentation along with Robin Skillen, Washington Lift Systems Service Manager and Matt Holcom, Lift Systems Senior Shop Technician. Congratulations to the Washington Lift Systems team for this recognition and a great year.

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  • Gregory Poole Lift Systems Receives Industry Award

    Raleigh, NC – Gregory Poole Lift Systems has been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award for 2016! The MVP Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association). To be among the less than 5 percent of the association’s membership earning the award, Gregory Poole successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism and good stewardship.

    “MHEDA members represent the best of our industry; companies that take the initiative and make the investments to be not just good, but great at what they do,” said 2015 MHEDA President Mark Milovich of Lift Atlanta, Inc. “Recognition as a MHEDA MVP further demonstrates the member’s desire to shine above the brightest stars in all areas of running their business both internally and externally. MHEDA MVPs are simply the ‘Best of the Best’!”

    This is the fifth consecutive year that Gregory Poole has been awarded MVP status. To qualify, the company was required to provide evidence of their commitment to their partners in business including their customers, employees and suppliers. They must satisfy criteria in the following important areas:

    • Industry Advocacy
    • Customer Service & Safety Practices
    • Business Networking
    • Continuing Education
    • Business Best Practices

    Gregory Poole Lift Systems has been in business since 1951 and now has 16 full-service facilities across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. In addition, this year they completed the acquisition of three other material handling companies: Dougherty Equipment Company, VBS Inc. Material Handling Equipment, and certain assets of Briggs Equipment, Inc. This gives Gregory Poole Lift Systems over 100 years of combined experience and even more resources and expertise to better serve the customer.

    “Since our founding in 1951, we have built our organization on the core values of integrity and excellence in all that we do,” said Hal Ingram, Group Vice President, Lift Systems, Gregory Poole Equipment Company. “We have pulled from the best of several well-respected and high-performing organizations to create a top-notch team, and we can now provide customers with more reduced costs and lower total cost of ownership than ever before, along with a full range of Hyster® and Yale® forklift trucks from Class I to Class V.”

    Gregory Poole Lift Systems offers a complete line of material handling equipment (new/used/rental) and products including lift truck classes from pallet jacks to high-capacity fork trucks, burden carriers, aerial equipment, racking, shelving, and a host of complementary warehouse products. They stock a comprehensive parts inventory and service all makes and models from 16 conveniently located facilities. Gregory Poole represents the following product lines; Yale, Hyster, TICO, Taylor-Dunn, Genie, JLG and CombiLift. For more information, browse our website.

    Bob Sattler, VP of Dealer Business Development for NACCO Materials Handling Group, recommended Gregory Poole Lift Systems for the award. In his letter of nomination he stated, “Gregory Poole is an organization in which the leadership team is engaged with its employees to operate in a high performance culture and the reason for years we have pursued a conversion. It is a culture that not only attracts, but helps retain talented professionals to better serve not only the customer, but the communities in which they operate. Employees clearly understand the values under which the operation is accountable, and how they are expected to deliver quality goods and services to the marketplace.”

    The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor. MHEDA represents close to 650 companies in the material handling equipment business. Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices. For more information, visit

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  • Get The Job Done : Which Hyster or Yale Equipment is Right For Which Job

    Every material handling operation has its own specific needs, which is why we love the diverse lineup of Hyster and Yale equipment. Which machine is right for your operation?

    Ground Level Transport

    For transporting pallets around your warehouse, both Hyster and Yale offer motorized pallet trucks able to handle loads of 4,000-8,000 lbs and tow tractors with load capacities of 10,000-15,000 lbs.

    Both Hyster and Yale also offer an Enclosed End Rider Truck for heavier loads, ergonomically designed with operator comfort in mind and able to handle loads of up to 10,000 lbs.

    Indoor Lifting and Stacking

    Both Hyster and Yale make excellent 3- and 4-wheel electric forklifts that are perfect for indoor (and outdoor) operations. For tight spaces with two to three levels of stacking, Yale’s Electric Straddle Stackers are the ideal choice. The adjustable outriggers provide a stable base and they’re capable of handling pallets of up to 4,000 lbs. Yale also manufactures Narrow Aisle Reach Trucks that allow for greater height reach with impressive maneuverability in tight spaces.

    Shipping Yards

    For loads up to 36,000 lbs, you’ll find the right lift truck from either Hyster or Yale to do the job. However, your heaviest loads are a job for Hyster’s high capacity lift trucks.

    You can’t beat Hyster’s high capacity forklifts and container handlers for high-volume shipping yards. The RS45 and RS46 series Container ReachStackers offer the best maneuverability in the industry, with a short turning radius and a high-strength boom that can stack 9'6" or 8'6" containers 5-high in the first row.

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    Our sales staff is here to help you find the perfect forklift to meet your needs. If you have any questions about Hyster or Yale forklifts for sale or for rent, don’t hesitate to call us today!

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  • Better Service x 4: Gregory Poole Lift Systems Grows Through New Acquisitions

    You may have noticed some changes going on with Gregory Poole Equipment Company over the last few months. On October 17, we acquired Dougherty Equipment Company, VBS Inc. Material Handling Equipment and the NC and SC locations of Briggs Equipment. This expanded our company’s footprint to 15 locations in 13 cities throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

    We’ve increased our family along with our territory. Many fantastic associates from Dougherty, VBS, and Briggs have joined the Gregory Poole Lift Systems team, allowing us to incorporate the best people and best practices from four different companies. This is making us stronger and even more capable of meeting our customers needs and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the team.

    Along with expanding our territory, this acquisition has allowed us to become an official dealer of the Hyster and Yale brands across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. We’re especially excited because Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc. is headquartered in Greenville, North Carolina with plants in Greenville and Berea, Kentucky. Our geographic proximity is a boon to our customers, as we’ll be able to offer even faster equipment and parts delivery and faster resolutions to any issues that may arise with their equipment.

    We recognize that change can be difficult, but it’s also an exciting part of growing our business. For over fifty years, Gregory Poole has been committed to our customers, and we’re renewing that commitment through this merger. We will make this change as seamless as possible and provide all our customers with improved customer service and reduced response times – we are your operations partner.

    We want to thank all of our customers for their loyalty over the years and we encourage everyone to come to us with questions they may have.

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