MHI Industry Groups Announce New Memorial Scholarship

mhiThree MHI Industry Groups, the Ergonomics Assist Systems & Equipment Council (EASE), the Lift Manufacturers Product Group (LIFT), and the Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers Group (LODEM), are humbled and honored to announce the creation of the James Galante Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship for the amount of $3,600 will be awarded to a deserving scholar pursuing studies related to the supply chain-material handling industry for the academic year 2023-2024 and will be managed by the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI).

James “Jim” Galante was a supply chain-material handling industry professional with a passion for making workplaces safer and more efficient by familiarizing the industry with ergonomic solutions and best practices. Galante gave generously of his time and expertise as an industry professional, mentor and volunteer, including serving as the chair of EASE for 16 years up until his untimely passing in late 2021. Group members unanimously agreed that the creation of such a scholarship would honor Galante’s professional contributions, spirit of volunteerism and mentorship by encouraging the next generation of supply chain industry professionals.

“Jim’s mission was to educate others in ergonomic solutions, best practices and processes to ensure that workers have a safer and better work environment. That’s why creating a scholarship in Jim’s name made sense to us. This is a clear way for us to honor Jim’s commitment to ergonomics and safety in material handling environments and ensure his mission continues on,” said Amy Blueter of Kinetic Technologies and current EASE chair.

James Johnson of Autoquip Corporation and current LIFT chair said, “I had the pleasure of working with Jim on multiple committees for the LIFT group. He had a unique perspective in our industry and I found him a wealth of knowledge. He always had time to help but would also try to keep us from getting bogged down in the weeds when serving on those committees.”

One of Galante’s favorite quotes that he was often heard saying was, “Stop petting the mule and load the wagon!” It was this positive “let’s get it done” attitude and lighthearted humor that made Galante a natural leader, successfully uniting industry professionals and soliciting volunteers to help promote industry best practices for the overall betterment of working conditions through ergonomic solutions.

For more information about MHI Industry Groups, visit To learn more about MHEFI’s scholarship programs or to contribute, contact Donna Varner at [email protected] or visit

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Greg Baer Named MHI Vice President of Sales

greg baerGreg Baer was recently promoted to vice president of sales at MHI.

Baer began his career at MHI in 2005 as senior sales representative and was charged with growing the MHI trade shows.

Since that time, Baer has been part of a sales team that has led the growth of the MODEX show from 150,000 square feet to over 400,000 square feet. Baer and his team have also increased the size of the ProMat show from 300,000 square feet to over 525,000 square feet.

Baer also runs point on the MHI’s ShowPro Exhibitor Training workshops and oversees the growth and management of the MHI Innovation Awards, which are given out annually at ProMat and MODEX.

Please join us in congratulating Greg Baer on this career milestone.

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