Merged Chicago Material Handling Distributors Renamed Equipment Depot

Following the merger between Chicago-based Material Handling Services, Inc., and Illinois Material Handling in July, the company has changed its name to Equipment Depot. “Our new name, Equipment Depot, solidifies our presence as one company and better communicates the vast array of services we offer our customers: more rental power, more service technicians, and more name-brand choices in forklifts and equipment for our customers,” said Frank Ricciardi, v.p. of sales for the company.

Equipment Depot reportedly has one of the largest equipment rental fleets in the region, with more than 700 forklifts and 120 pieces of aerial and specialty equipment. Equipment Depot distributes Cat, Mitsubishi, Linde and Nissan lift trucks. It also handles aerial equipment from SkyTrak, JLG and Genie.

Equipment Depot is part of Pon North America (New York). The holding company has three other divisions in the United States: Equipment Depot in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma; Portman Equipment in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia; and LeveeLift in Indiana and Kentucky. PNA is a division of Pon Holdings, the largest privately held company in the Netherlands.

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