Associated boosts student awareness

News Story
- 20 May 2010 ( #462 ) - Addison, IL, United States
2 min read
The graduates at the end of the program.
The graduates at the end of the program.
Raymond dealership Associated Material Handling Industries Inc of Addison has partnered with a university program to increase student awareness about the materials handling industry including forklifts.

Over three weeks, 33 executive-graduate students in a real-world project consulting class studied the materials handling industry and worked with Associated's management to develop a business strategy for aspects of the company.

The students are enrolled in an executive master of business administration (EMBA) program in the College of Business at Northern Illinois University (NIU).

"In addition to the great ideas and valuable insight these students provided us with, NIU's project consulting class served as a platform to create awareness and appreciation of our industry," says Michael B Romano, president and chief executive officer of Associated Material Handling.

"Increasing exposure to the academic community will ultimately help ensure the availability of a continuing pool of people that will sustain the industry's growth and bring new, fresh ideas. The industry must also continue to focus on the academic community to educate future decision makers as to the value it brings to the buyers and users of our products and services."

Ann Carrel, director of NIU's executive and professional MBA program, expressed appreciation to the company "for allowing the students the opportunity to work with them".

Associated has committed its resources to the program.

"We spent approximately two hours individually with each of the six groups," said Shari Sellers, corporate marketing director for Associated.

"Most of their work was done at the Naperville (Illinois) campus with each group spending countless hours researching the industry and company to develop their corresponding strategies."

The project involved developing strategies for two of Associated's emerging but otherwise unidentified operating groups.

Each team of students was instructed to recommend strategies that would be beneficial to the company as a whole.

This project started on 3 April with a presentation about the company and project to the NIU students, and it concluded 24 April with a student presentation to fellow students, professors and a panel of Associated employees.

Romano and his management team in Addison are evaluating the students' recommendations.

"Overall, the students provided a unique perspective on the company and the industry," Sellers says.

For many years, Associated has partnered with educational institutions to further educate emerging decision makers and future talent about the materials handling industry.

Associated Material Handling was founded in 1960, employs more than 300 staff and operates through six locations covering six states in the upper mid-west, representing Raymond narrow-aisle forklifts and related materials handling storage and picking solutions.
Crash course for young talent
Crash course for young talent 19 Sep 2013 - Rocester, United Kingdom - 1 min read
UK students tour Mitsubishi’s Almere plant
UK students tour Mitsubishi’s Almere plant 13 Sep 2007 - READING, United Kingdom - 1 min read
Ageing forklift workforce a problem
Ageing forklift workforce a problem 18 May 2006 - ALTON, United Kingdom - 3 min read
Previously about:
Michael Romano Industry Profile - 5 Apr 2007 - CAROL STREAM, IL, United States - 4 min read
Do you have materials handling news? Submit your news here

PREMIUM business

GemOne
Telematics for industrial fleets. Fleet & safety management solutions: track vehicles, boost efficiency, operate safer, & avoid unexpected downtime.

“I really enjoy your newsletter and share the articles with all my training team for industry currency. I also print and display specific articles on forklift safety and accidents on our notice board for all the learners who attend our training courses to read...”

Gavin Trim - CEO, High Risk Work Licence Assessor, Mechanical Handling Equipment Specialist - Nationwide Training

Thanks Gavin for sharing your experience with Forkliftaction

Words of support …

Undoubtedly, peer experience plays a crucially important role in our industry and it is extremely valuable for us to be part of the platform, where industry professionals, as well as end users can discuss and learn more about the materials handling world.

Alexandra Artemova, Marketing Specialist - Rocla AGV Solutions

Are you recruiting? Find your ideal candidate among a diverse range of materials handling professionals:

Forkliftaction's JOB MARKET

“I really enjoy your newsletter and share the articles with all my training team for industry currency. I also print and display specific articles on forklift safety and accidents on our notice board for all the learners who attend our training courses to read...”

Gavin Trim - CEO, High Risk Work Licence Assessor, Mechanical Handling Equipment Specialist - Nationwide Training

Thanks Gavin for sharing your experience with Forkliftaction

Showcased in the Virtual Expo

Are you recruiting? Find your ideal candidate among a diverse range of materials handling professionals:

Forkliftaction's JOB MARKET

Inside The News
This week we explore the various energy sources available for forklifts and other material handling equipment that were showcased at LogiMAT in Stuttgart... Continue reading

Are you recruiting? Find your ideal candidate among a diverse range of materials handling professionals:

Forkliftaction's JOB MARKET

“I really enjoy your newsletter and share the articles with all my training team for industry currency. I also print and display specific articles on forklift safety and accidents on our notice board for all the learners who attend our training courses to read...”

Gavin Trim - CEO, High Risk Work Licence Assessor, Mechanical Handling Equipment Specialist - Nationwide Training

Thanks Gavin for sharing your experience with Forkliftaction