Illinois Businessman Elected President of International Association

Vernon Hills, IL – Loren G. Swakow, Vice President of Scott Lift Truck Corporation located in Elk Grove Village, IL, has been elected the 50th President of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA). MHEDA ( is the only international trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling equipment distributor. MHEDA represents nearly 700 companies in the material handling equipment business. Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, training, and information sharing.

Swakow, who graduated from Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, did his MBA work at Northern Illinois University. He joined Scott Lift Truck in 1977 when it was a small independent dealership with only 8 employees. Scott Lift Truck now serves customers in 38 states.

Swakow feels that one of the most important things in business is to live your mission. Scott Lift Truck’s mission statement is “to continually improve our customers productivity and profitability by providing quality products and quality service.”

Scott Lift Truck Corporation, ( has been a Komatsu Lift Truck dealer serving the Chicagoland area for the past 20 years.

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