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Shoppa’s Material Handling is excited that Forklift Action News featured our own Travis Bradley in this week’s "Getting To Know You" news section. We are happy to have Travis with our company to help implement Toyota Lean Management streamline practices at Shoppa’s and our customers.

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Platinum Certification for Five Shoppa’s Technicians

Five Shoppa’s technicians were recently awarded Platinum status after participating in the 2019 Toyota Top Tech Challenge, with one of those five being selected to advance to the annual Toyota Platinum Skills Challenge. Out of 119 applicants nationwide who participated in the challenge, only 36 received Platinum Certification. The annual skills challenge will take place during the week of Dec. 9 at Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. North American headquarters in Columbus, IN. During the challenge, the 10 techs selected from across the nation will compete in a variety of timed workstations with the winner being recognized as Toyota’s Top Technician for 2020.

“Having highly-skilled and competent technicians ready to meet our customers’ challenges is part of what Shoppa’s promises as part of our mission to be the premier material handling dealer at our nine locations,” said Jim Shoppa, president of Shoppa’s Material Handling. “Having five of our technicians receive Platinum certification in this year’s testing means our entire team is committed to fulfilling that mission every day.”

Classroom training, up to five years of hands-on training and testing are required in order for technicians to earn rankings that include certified, bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The technicians will receive recognition from Shoppa’s and Toyota, as well as having a plaque with their names inscribed on display at headquarters in Columbus.

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Travis Bradley Joins Shoppa’s As Business Operations Associate

We are excited to announce the appointment of Travis Bradley as Business Operations Associate. Travis brings many years of experience with Toyota to his new role at Shoppa’s Material Handling.

For the last five years, Travis has been Team Leader/Supervisor with Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing and Toyota Material Handling in Indiana where he stood out for helping to streamline processes as part of the Toyota Lean Management best practices initiative. Changes implemented by Travis in the Mast Weld Department and the X-Frame and Electric Frame Weld line improved efficiency and productivity.

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Shoppa’s Standing By to Help “Get Things Moving” After Storms

Shoppa’s Material Handling is stepping up to help those affected by massive storms and tornadoes that hit North Texas and surrounding areas last weekend. As partners with North Texas Red Cross and North Texas Food Bank, the Shoppa’s team is offering to help speed up recovery efforts those who need to rent equipment to help in the cleanup effort.

“I've seen the businesses in this area get back on their feet again and again after natural disasters, economic downturns and other difficult events. And we will do so again,” said Mark Dozier, territory manager at Shoppa’s, in a letter sent out to customers and clients. “Please know that Shoppa's stands with you and all of North Texas during this difficult time.”

In the wake of the storms that rolled through North Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for many counties in the surrounding areas, including includes Cass, Cameron, Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Erath, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Panola, Rains, Rockwall, Rusk, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wood counties. Several schools and campuses have been closed due to damage. Roughly 130,000 people lost power across North Texas due to the storms and many are still displaced. Churches and businesses were also affected.

“We have a vested interest in helping our community, including some of our own team members, who have been affected by these storms,” said Jimmy Shoppa, president, Shoppa’s Material Handling. “As a part of this whole area, Shoppa’s Material Handling will always be there to help when our community needs us.”

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Shoppa’s Welcomes Ellena Fortner Newsom as Marketing Manager

Shoppa’s Material Handling and Shoppa’s Mid America are excited to announce the addition of Ellena Fortner Newsom to the management team as Marketing Manager. Ellena brings more than a decade of experience in the marketing and social media content field to Shoppa’s, having spent the most recent past working with Parker Law Firm of Bedford as the Marketing Director and Mothers Against Drunk Driving as a Senior Digital Specialist, where she was responsible for leading the digital team in online fundraising. In her position at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, she compiled a list of impressive accolades, including increasing fundraising.

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Special Delivery! President’s Award Arrives With Honored Guest

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Toyota Parts Service Manager Michael Bernhard from Toyota Material Handling USA in Houston recently traveled to Shoppa’s Material Handling headquarters in Fort Worth to personally deliver Shoppa’s 15th Toyota President’s Award.

“We were excited and honored beyond belief to receive this highest Toyota honor for the 15th year,” said Jim Shoppa, president of Shoppa’s Material Handling, “but then, to have it personally hand-delivered by Michael Bernhard from TMH was another level of honor.”

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Save Big With Pre-Tariff Pricing on Rivet Rack Systems

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Are you constantly looking for ways to put more product on your existing rack systems? Now is your chance to purchase components or complete bays of high-quality boltless rivet rack systems purchased at pre-tariff prices, which translates to savings you might not see again the foreseeable future.

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Shoppa’s Wins Coveted President’s Award For 15th Year

Shoppa’s Wins Coveted President’s Award For 15th Year

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.

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The Legacy of Lloyd Shoppa

The Legacy of Lloyd Shoppa

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.

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Growing System Integration Division With Addition to Team

Growing System Integration Division With Addition to Team

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.

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