Shoppa’s Material Handling and Shoppa’s Mid America were the recipients of numerous awards at the annual Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Annual Forklift Dealer meeting in March. SMH was honored to receive the coveted Toyota President’s Award for the 15th year. The President’s Award recognizes excellence in parts, service and equipment sales, overall operations and customer satisfaction. Additionally, SMH received the Toyota Sales Elite Award that recognizes Toyota material handling dealers with high sales of new Toyota equipment. SMA, located in Kansas City, MO., received Service Excellence, Parts Excellence and CSS Excellence awards, as well.
The name Lloyd Shoppa is well-known in many circles – and the legacy that he leaves behind will not soon be forgotten.
On Feb. 11, 2019, we said goodbye to Lloyd, father of Jim Shoppa, president of Shoppa’s Material Handling. Lloyd left his mark on Shoppa’s in many ways. After an illustrious career of his own in aviation with Bell Helicopter, Lloyd remained an integral part of Shoppa’s Material Handling in many ways. He could often be found at Shoppa’s corporate headquarters, where he freely shared his wisdom and experience with our management team, helping us to become stronger, more efficient and more cohesive in countless ways. Many of us worked closely with Lloyd and were beneficiaries of his patience and guidance. Beyond that, Lloyd was vitally involved with spearheading the renovation and rebranding of our Saginaw location, helping to make it the great success it is today.
Lloyd was involved with all of his children’s lives and endeavors, joining Shoppa’s Material Handling in 1992 as chairman. He also joined Shoppa’s Farm Supply, a John Deere dealership owned by son Chris, as chairman and director in 1985.
Lloyd Shoppa attended Wharton County Junior College on a football scholarship and, after graduating, attended and graduated from the University of Texas. He worked for Texaco until 1964, when he left to join Bell Helicopter Textron, eventually spending 34 years with Bell with his last two, from 1995-1997, as president of the company. In 1997, Lloyd Shoppa was inducted into the National Management Association Hall of Fame in recognition of significant personal and professional contributions to the development of management and leadership.
Lloyd also believed strongly in civic duty and community support, giving his time and resources over the years to a number of causes, including:
- East Bernard Community Development Board since 2002
- Director of Capital Farm Credit since 2010
- President of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce
- President of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School Board
Lloyd Shoppa grew up with an old-fashioned and still applicable sense of hard work, ethics, integrity and honesty that he carried with him throughout his life. I know many of you will join our family and Lloyd’s beloved wife and our mother, Betty, as we say goodbye to a man who spent his life freely sharing his gifts of innovation, wisdom and courage. For those who wish, a full obituary may be viewed by clicking here.
Shoppa’s is busy growing to keep up with the awesome growth of the cities we serve! As part of that, we are welcoming Curtis Parnell to the team. Curtis will be the Director of Integrated System Solutions and, as such, will be leading our team as we continue to implement the latest in warehouse integration systems.
We are delighted to announce the addition of Steve Boecking to the Shoppa’s team as Chief Operating Officer. With his many years of experience in the material handling industry, as well as his experience in the field of establishing the U.S.’s largest Free Trade Zone, we are positive Steve is going to bring many great ideas and practices to our team.
Shoppa’s Material Handling was the proud forklift sponsor of CANstruction Dallas 2018, held this year from Sept. 8-23. Four Toyota forklifts were donated for use throughout the event.
This year, Shoppa’s helped 24 teams of architects, designers, engineers and construction company personnel move around roughly 120,000 cans of food which the teams then used to create fantastic, giant-sized structures with a theme of “Oh the places we can go” – a spinoff from the classic Dr. Seuss book “Oh, the places you’ll go.”
Shoppa’s Material Handling is pleased to welcome Mike Wenske as Operations Manager in Odessa. Mike comes to Shoppa’s from many years of experience in leadership. His last positions included Operations Manager for Cisco Equipment, General Manager for Custom Truck and Equipment and Territory Manager for IronPlanet.
Shoppa’s Supports Forklift Safety
The Industrial Truck Association is sponsoring its 5th annual National Forklift Safety Day on June 12, 2018. OSHA’s statistics concerning forklift accidents and fatalities are troubling, and Shoppa’s and Toyota are strong supporters of initiatives to promote awareness of safe forklift operating procedures. There are many steps everyone from owners down to employees can take to make the workplace safer. Safety should be everybody’s top concern – everybody wants to go home after their shift.
Recently, Shoppa’s Material Handling and Shoppa’s Mid America were honored when four of their service techs received Platinum status at the 2018 Toyota Top Tech Challenge. Two of those four earned high enough scores to qualify them to be part of an elite team of 10 Platinum winners who advanced to the Technician Skills Challenge.