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George Prest Named New CEO of Material Handling Industry of America

September 29, 2011
The Board of Governors of Material Handling Industry announced the appointment of George W. Prest to the position of chief executive officer of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). Prest will succeed John Nofsinger at his retirement as CEO on December 31, 2011.

Prest brings more than 30 years of experience to MHIA, both in managing and owning material handling manufacturing companies. Over the years, Prest has been recognized for his volunteer leadership of industry manufacturers and distributor associations, local government, and charitable foundations. This leadership includes serving as president of both the Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI) and the Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI), as executive chairman of Material Handling Industry (MHI), and as a member of the Manufacturers Board of Advisors (MBOA) of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA).

"George has served this industry for many years as a volunteer leader in a variety of organizations," said John Nofsinger. "His strategic vision has been a key contributor to advancing MHIA's efforts to increasing not only member value but awareness of the value of material handing and logistics solutions to the manufacturing and supply chain end user community."

Material Handling Industry executive chairman Colin Wilson added, "George's previous experience as the CEO of a major material handling manufacturing enterprise gives him a unique perspective on the needs of both MHIA members and end users and will serve him well in his new role. I am convinced he has the experience and the ability to lead MHIA toward even greater success."

Prest responded, "MHIA is a dynamic organization with members that are the leading providers in this industry, a dedicated staff and a strong history. I am honored to be given the opportunity to build on the solid foundation John is handing off. I want to thank the Board of Governors and John for the confidence they have in me. I accept the challenge of leading MHIA with humble confidence."

MHIA is an international trade association that has represented the material handling and logistics industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. For more information on MHIA, visit www.mhia.org.