Monday, March 30, 2015

SCMH Bake Sale for Make-A-Wish Concludes Successfully

Southern California Material Handling’s (SCMH) headquarters in Whittier, California was filled with happy bellies and smiling faces while generating funds for Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire for two consecutive Fridays in March—13th and 20th.

SCMH bakers donated their time, resources, and love in concocting delicious cookies, cakes, and a variety of pastries for everyone to enjoy for a minimum donation. At the end of the bake sale, employees were asked to vote for favorite goodies, the baker of which received Make-A-Wish tokens. Among the homemade contributions were:
Jim Nolan, Sales, Major Accounts – Bacon Cake
Cinese Stuart, PSSR – Crack Sticks & Salty Chocolate Bars
Pam Moross, Service – Pam’s Mom’s famous Chocolate Chip Cookies, Molasses Cookies, & Peanut Butter Cookies
Yolanda Palacios, Rental – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Madeline Fuentes, Credit – Star Shape frosted Sugar Cookies & Cake Pops

The race was tight as all were very scrumptious. But in the end, the winning baker was Madeline Fuentes for her deliciously themed Make-A-Wish cookies.

The $361.00 proceeds from the bake sale was turned over to Make-A-Wish on March 26.

SCMH is extending to all its vendors, business partners, suppliers, and customers, the opportunity to contribute to Make-A-Wish for the benefit of children with life-threatening illnesses.

For donations and to join the SCMH team please click on:
For inquiries, contact SCMH Team Captain Gabby Duran at 562-949-1000

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mike Rosoff of SCMH Nominated for Make-A-Wish Volunteerism Award

Southern California Material Handling’s (SCMH) Michael “Mike” Rosoff received notification from Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire Friday, March 20, 2015 of his nomination for the Spirit of Volunteerism Award under the Human and Community Category.

Mike, SCMH’s Warranty Supervisor has been serving Make-A-Wish for over 12 years as a wish granter and a special events volunteer. Mike is also the Make-A-Wish “ambassador” to SCMH keeping the company abreast with relevant activities and opportunities for employees to be able to help out and participate. Mike is extensively involved with the recent bake sales and apple candy grams SCMH facilitated to raise funds for Make-A-Wish.
According to Make-A-Wish, Mike is being nominated for “selflessly donating his own funds and resources to support events throughout the year and most recently helped to solicit a high-level Walk for Wishes sponsorship from his company.”
From your corporate family Mike, congratulations on your nomination! To us, you already are a winner.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Warehouse Planning for Seismic Zone Four in California

Planning is truly the single most important consideration when designing, developing and implementing a warehouse or any warehouse storage space in the State of California. Most importantly, it must be known that storage rack structures must be designed to function in California’s seismic zone 4*.

Due specifically to California’s seismic rating, very specific processes and procedures result in order be in “full compliance” with current Building Codes and the various governing fire authorities. Seismic zone four design applies, or is a factor, throughout the entire state.

A component of seismic zone four design is the proximity to known fault lines. This important consideration actually makes certain physical locations considerably more attractive than others. Warehouse Products (WPG) of SCMH can assist you in selecting the best location for your warehouse operation.

Does either of the following scenarios apply to you?

Are you already located in California?

If so, then please be aware any movement, relocation or “adjustment” to any existing rack storage “system,” regardless of the size or type, will require you to bring the structure up to current the codes and standards. WPG can greatly assist you in any type of a consolidation, addition, relocation or reconfiguration.

Are you planning to move to California?

Your warehouse operations may be virtually any other city in this country still seismic zone four “factors” must be addressed. This is where the professional planning of WPG can assist you with your project.
  • Seismic Zone 4 – Is a rating system defined by the United States Geological Survey. Please visit for further details and description. Per the USGS, four basic seismic Zones exist in the United States.

In a simplified explanation, each zone is rated or based on the probability or likelihood for earthquake (seismic) activity. The higher the seismic Zone rating, the greater the probability for earthquake activity.

California sits on a series of know fault lines, giving California the “4” rating. WPG has an extensive history of designing, engineering and implementing rack storage structures in this environment.

Call WPG now at 562-949-1000 for more information or visit: for more details.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Why Used Truck Shopping Takes More Thinking

For certain types of warehouse operations purchasing pre-owned lift trucks may make more sense. If this is the case for your business, then you may want to thoroughly explore your options. Maybe even more than when you would, when buying a brand new truck. Let’s consider why:

1.       PRICE while we are paying less for an old forklift versus a brand new forklift truck, we want to ensure that we get the most for our money. That expression “you get what you pay for” may be a scary concept when dealing with equipment you depend on to carry your valuable goods. While price truly matters, what you need to look for is value-for-money.

Will it still perform the job you need it to do?

Will maintenance costs be reasonable? Or with anticipated repairs, you may as well invest in a new one?

These are factors to really think over and perhaps things you need not worry about when buying brand new forklifts. But then again, there are a lot of equipment out there that still have a lot of good use in them. You just have to know where to find them.

Source from experts as they would have the biggest pool of inventory. Among the hubs for these types of forklifts are 123forklift link:  and Thomas Net link:
the latter is also a good source for used attachments and accessories as well.

Southern California Material Handling (SCMH) is another source for used lift trucks. They have been doing business in Southern California for over 75 years, so their vast number of customers trade in older lift trucks for new ones. The advantage of shopping with SCMH is that they recondition most of these trucks and make sure they’re up and running as best they can before they put it in the market. They also back it up with great warranty which hubs don’t usually do. With SCMH, you deal direct with forklift experts who can work towards your specific applications. Link: Just tell them what you’re looking for and they can quickly check their large inventory for you 562-949-1000.

2.       HOURS on a truck is a big deal. Just like buying a pre-owned car, we as buyers want to know how far that vehicle has driven as it gives us an indication of its usage. It gives us an idea how beat up it is despite its still shiny exterior.

While some equipment with a great number of hours may still run smoothly and perform accordingly, there’s not really an instant way of telling. The best way to go about it is bring one of your own technicians or at least a knowledgeable operator who is trained to go through basic checklists, so you can have a gauge of what the equipment is still good for. 

Note: If your forklift operator underwent OSHA-endorsed training with Danny Barron of SCMH, he/she would be able to lift the compartments, check tires, check forks, check gears, and brakes, see how secure the vehicle is. While he/she may not be able to spot mechanical and technical problems, at least he/she would be able to spot any obvious operational defects on the functionality of the forklift. For more information on forklift operator training click this link:

This extra step of bringing your tech may be skipped when buying a brand new forklift. But where pre-owned forklifts are concerned, you may just want to have that expert opinion around when you commit to buying.

3.       WARRANTY  are you buying from an authorized dealer of a specific brand you wish to purchase? Is there some type of assurance that you can go by when dealing with a specific company? If you answered “no” to the previous questions, then your best bet is to ask about warranties.

We all know that when any product comes with a warranty the less wary and the more confident we become with our purchase. No matter how small a purchase we are thinking of doing, say for instance, a small item over the Internet, doesn’t it make us trust the seller more if we know that “return/exchange” policies are in place? It means if we are not happy with the product, there is a guarantee that we can return it or exchange it for something that we really want.

Same goes for warehouse equipment. Warranties are in place so that we can count on the seller’s promise that the forklift is in the condition that it states it to be, otherwise, it will honor the repairs, parts, service that comes attached with the contract.

SCMH is a factory-owned, dealer-authorized distributor of top brands such as Cat Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Jungheinrich, Kalmar, Combilift, Bendi, Drexel, Genie, Sellick, and Columbia. They offer warranty on their premium pre-owned inventory. Find out all about the R and E warranties here: scmh-warranty-block

So the next time you’re in the market for used lift trucks, remember three things: value for money, equipment performance, and great warranty. Pre-owned forklifts are the solution to many operations. Just make sure you do your research thoroughly, otherwise, you may end up spending more than what you bargained for.

Monday, March 2, 2015

SCMH E-News Q1

We are pleased to release for the first time, the new quarterly SCMH E-News. Get the latest equipment updates, company releases, employee news, operator training schedule, upcoming deals and specials and many more from SCMH. Click on the link to get your copy now!

SCMH E-New Q1 2015