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Burns Industrial Equipment Expands Hyster Distribution, Acquires Ohio Materials Handling

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hyster Company announced the acquisition of Ohio Materials Handling (OMH) by Burns Industrial Equipment – a transaction designed to enhance coverage and strengthen support for Hyster® lift truck customers in the Northeast territory.

Now part of the Burns Industrial Equipment group of companies, OMH’s Cleveland sales and service territory will continue to operate under the name of Ohio Materials Handling (OMH) from its Macedonia, Ohio, location. OMH president, Jim Orenga, will continue in his role to oversee operations.

“By combining OMH with the expertise and resources of Burns Industrial Equipment, our customers can expect an even higher level of service and support,” said Orenga. “We couldn’t be happier about what the future holds for all of us.”

“More than 40 years ago, Burns Industrial Equipment was founded on the premise of providing the highest quality products supported by unparalleled service,” said Chris Burns, president of Burns Industrial Equipment. “We’re now continuing that tradition, building upon OMH’s 35-year history of excellence to become the premier materials handling company in Northeast Ohio.”

“Burns Industrial Equipment is a strong name in the materials handling business, and this expanded coverage provides customers in Northeast Ohio with greater access to the power and durability available in a tough Hyster lift truck,” said Jonathan Dawley, president of Hyster Distribution. “The acquisition combines the local presence and experience of OMH with the robust capabilities of Burns Industrial Equipment that together will create a more complete experience for Hyster customers.”

About Burns Industrial Equipment
Burns Industrial Equipment is a privately owned leading materials handling solutions provider. Headquartered outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Burns Industrial Equipment has four branches serving parts of five states including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Kentucky. The company’s Cleveland, Ohio sales and service territory operates under the name of Ohio Materials Handling. Burns is an authorized dealer for various brands including Hyster, Yale, Taylor-Dunn, and Combilift.

About Hyster Company
Based in Greenville, N.C., Hyster Company ( is a leading worldwide lift truck designer and manufacturer. Hyster Company offers 130 models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel and electric power, with the widest capacity range 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 part of NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and its subsidiaries employ approximately 5,300 people worldwide.

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