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Hy-Tek Material Handling Appoints Jim Ripkey

Columbus, OhioJan. 9, 2013—Material handling solutions provider Hy-Tek Material Handling Inc. appointed Jim Ripkey as President of the Mobile Equipment Division.

In his position as president of Mobile Equipment—one of four divisions operated by Hy-Tek—Ripkey will be responsible for growing the business of the Mobile Equipment division—the Yale Forklift dealer in central Ohio—within its current market and beyond. Long-term relationships with Yale Lift Trucks and other premier manufacturers enable Hy-Tek to resource the best options for customers’ mobile equipment needs.

A business development and operations specialist with 22 years of material handling equipment experience, Ripkey returned to Hy-Tek after a 10-year absence. From 1995-2002, he served as Vice President and General Manager, as well as the company’s Director of Operations for Hy-Tek. For the past decade, Ripkey held executive positions with global lift truck dealer Barloworld Handling.

“Jim Ripkey is a tremendous asset with a proven track-record,” confirmed Samuel Grooms, Chief Executive Officer, Hy-Tek. “During his previous tenure with Hy-Tek, Jim was credited with doubling the company’s aftermarket business and expanding our team of professional technicians by nearly 50 percent. We’re delighted to have Jim back as part of our family of 100-plus employee-owners. Hy-Tek will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in January. We attribute our longevity, in part, to our ability to nurture lasting relationships with driven, dedicated, in-demand professionals like Jim Ripkey.”

Hy-Tek Mobile Equipment solutions include new and used equipment for purchase, lease, and rent; fleet analysis, reports, plans, and management; customized maintenance programs; flexible financing programs; reliable aftermarket services and parts; and operator training and compliance certification. In addition, Hy-Tek operates Integrated Systems, Lighting Solutions, and Storage & Handling divisions—all of which deliver cost-effective, efficient solutions for every material handling application in a broad range of industries.

Active professionally, Ripkey served on the board of directors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributor Association (MHEDA). He regularly conducts training seminars for MHEDA, leading equipment manufacturers and independent lift truck dealers.

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