Association of Professional Material Handling Consultants

The Association of Professional Material Handling Consultants, Inc.(APMHC) was organized in 1959 by several leaders who saw the need for more reliable, capable and professional services in the material handling consulting field.

APMHC is a professional society composed of individual consultants in the material handling field. It promotes and coordinates the exchange of ideas and information among members; encourages the improvement of analysis, synthesis, installation, and training; advances the profession through the development of standards of performance; and assists other groups in promoting material handling generally, and the consulting profession specifically.

Benson, Don, P.E.
9601 NW Leahy Road #309
Portland OR 97229-6385
Phone: 503.296.7249
Mobile: 510.701.9784

Systems that Work
WMS Support

Teams that Perform
Warehouse Coach

Change that Lasts
Achieve your desired outcomes with your staff, warehouse, company, and supply chain, now and into the future.

Bratton, Donald
BEB Industrial Asset Management
1806 Swift Avenue, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone Number: 816-918-3642

Areas served: All material handling related endeavors. Extensive experience with meat processing, food production, lumber supply chain, building products, appliances, grocery, medical supplies, corrugated paper and various parts of automotive supply chain with a focus on right sizing, right typing and expense control for our clients material handling fleets.

Professional Affiliations:
Mheda, FSG Group

Consulting/Coaching on all material handling equipment related projects. Projects include site-surveys, data reviews, plan creation and implementation of new strategies for reduced costs, improved efficiencies, and safety concerns. Our follow up commitment includes invoice and utilization auditing and recording fleet information such as individual unit histories, specifications and true utilization versus plan and budgets. This is accomplished through utilization of our on-line database Our development team has also created proposal software that is widely used throughout the material handling industry for the generation of proposal for a large number of oem and material handling product groups.

Dellinger, Timothy
Logistics Consultants, Inc.
204 St. Charles Way
Unit 392E
York, PA 17402
Phone: 717/751-0881 x.22
Fax: 717/751-0498

Areas Served: US, EU, UK, Caribbean

Professional Affiliations:


Services: Logistics Consultants is an independent and full service logistics systems consulting firm. The firm has extensive experience in design and implementation of conventional and highly automated material handling solutions for distribution and manufacturing operations. Using our industrial engineering, operations and systems design expertise we assist our clients in the development of new processes, design material handling systems, and select warehouse management systems. Our team of logistics, distribution and material handling consultants are skilled to assist your company in the implementation and integration of the systems we design. The services we provide include:

  • Logistics Strategy Development and Master Planning
  • Plant, Warehouse and Distribution Center Layout
  • Material Handling System Design and Implementation
  • Warehouse Management System and Control System Specification and Implementation
  • Operating System and Organization Design
  • Training Programs and Operational Assistance
Fateen, Sal E., P.E.
Seizmic, Inc.
161 Atlantic St.
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 909-869-0989 Fax: 909-869-0981

Areas served: U.S. and International

Professional Affiliations: APMHC, MHMS, ICBO, AISC, and P.E. in over 30 states

Services: Design and analysis of all material handling equipment and their anchorage when requiring licensed engineers certification to satisfy building departments or the client's needs.

Including: Calculations, details, layouts, submittals to cities and follow-up, field trips and project supervision.

Footlik, Robert B., P.E.
Footlik & Associates, LLC
2521 Gross Point Road
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-441-5920 Fax: 847-328-6868
Web Site:

Areas Served: World Wide

Professional Affiliations: APMHC, MHMS, SME, NSPE, APICS, IIE, ASME , ISPE, PCMH, PCMM

Services: Distribution systems, (origin to destination concept); Materials handling and facilities planning, Site location, plant layout and design; Systems design and implementation; Automated warehouse design; Shipping package design, unit load systems; Industrial educational programs, Warehouse productivity clinics, On-premises training.

Heath, Frederick "Rick"
Heath and Associates
3316 Springcrest Drive
Louisville, KY 40241-2737
Phone: 502/425-2385 Fax: 502/339-0729
Web site:

Areas served: North America

Professional Affiliations: Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, American College of Forensic Examiners, American National Standards Institute, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Safety Engineers, American Welding Society,Material Handling Industry of America, National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, National Safety Council, Scaffold Industry Association, Society of Automotive Engineers, Specialized Carriers and Riggers Association, Standards Engineering Society, Trucking Industry Defense Association, Underwriters Laboratories, World Safety Organization.

Services: Accident investigation, reconstruction and expert services covering material handling equipment including lifts, hoists, jacks, cranes, powered industrial trucks, aerial work platforms, industrial machines, hydraulic equipment, tools, scissors lifts, tilters and vertical conveyors. Forty plus years of engineering, manufacturing and management experience to provide services relating to product safety, product failures, product liability, testing, compliance with standards (ANSI and ISO), compliance with regulations (OSHA, EPA & DOT), adequacy of instructions and labels. Development of explanatory exhibits and preparation of evidence for trial.

Hoecherl, Rupert
3001 Emrick Blvd. #202
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Phone: 610.807.3590

Hopper, Stephen T., P.E.
Inviscid Consulting LLC
3605 Sandy Plains Road NE
Suite 240 #483
Marietta, GA 30066-3066

Areas Served

Professional Affiliations
  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), State of Georgia
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Member, Association of Professional Material Handling Consultants (APMHC)
  • Immediate Past President, Atlanta WERCouncil, Warehousing Education & Research Council (WERC)
  • Atlanta Roundtable, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
  • Senior Member, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
  • Strategic Distribution Network Planning
  • Distribution Center Planning & Design
  • Economic Evaluation and Justification of Alternative Solutions
  • Design, Estimation, Specification, Selection, and Implementation of Supply Chain Solutions
  • Integrated Material Handling Systems
    • Conveyor Systems
    • Sortation Systems
    • Rail Systems
    • Industrial Trucks
    • Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) and Automated Guided Cart (AGC) Systems
    • Storage Systems
    • Order Picking Systems
    • Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)
    • Goods to Person (GTP) Systems
  • Packaging & Labeling Systems
  • Supply Chain Information Systems
    • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
    • Labor Management Systems (LMS)
    • Transportation Management Systems (TMS)
    • Warehouse Control Systems (WCS)
    • Bar Coding & RFID
  • Inventory Optimization & Slotting
  • Lean Warehousing & Distribution Process Improvement
  • Improvement of Labor Productivity, Resource Utilization and Customer Service Levels
  • Evaluation & Selection of Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Providers
Johnson, Steve
Johnson Stephens Consulting, Inc.
3300 Highlands Parkway, Suite 170
Smyrna (Atlanta), GA 30082
Phone: 678.842.9114, ext. 206
Fax: 678.842.9363

Areas Served: Worldwide

Professional Affiliations: APMHC; Senior Member, IIE; Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

Services: Johnson Stephens Consulting is a supply chain operations consulting firm which specializes in providing strategic planning, distribution center design & implementation, and productivity improvement services (through operations improvement and engineered productivity standards/incentives programs) to retailers, wholesalers, and consumer products companies. Our key strength is in providing the “How-To” in implementing supply chain solutions, not merely providing recommendations. Our assistance is accomplished through an industrial engineering-based approach that delivers practical, cost effective and service efficient solutions.

Knab, Dr. Edward F.
Productivity Constructs, Inc.
1969 Fan Palm Way
Palm Springs, CA, 92262-8859
Phone Number: 1-800-660-8718
Fax Number: 1-800-660-8718
Web site:

Areas served: Worldwide - Servicing North and South America, Oceania, Asia, Europe and Africa

Professional Affiliations: APMHC, SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors), MHMS (Material Handling and Management Society of Southern California), FTASC (Foreign Trade Association of Southern California

Mission: "Helping companies optimize people, processes and performance to achieve their full potential."

Services: Productivity Constructs is a full service consulting organization specializing in industrial facility design and global supply chain solutions. We provide our clients with manufacturing and storage layouts, operating systems design, implementation of storage and material handling equipment and project management services.

  • Logistics Strategy Planning
  • Plant, Warehouse and Distribution Center Design and Layout
  • Warehouse Management System Specifications
  • Productivity Improvement Optimization
  • Organizational Design
  • Training Development Program

Executive and Managerial Development and Coaching Services including:

  • Capacity and Throughput Strategy
  • Distribution Execution Optimization
  • Warehouse Management Execution
  • Change Management Strategy
  • Facility Design Planning
  • Warehouse Performance Metrics Development

Global Supply Chain Solutions including:

  • Network optimization
  • Global Supply Chain Rationalization
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Global Sourcing
  • Logistics Systems Integration
  • Transportation Optimization
  • Global Site Locations Services
Luton, David W.
David Luton & Associates, Inc.
11 Sunset Drive, RR4, Stn Main
Cobourg, Ontario K9A 4J7
Phone: 905-377-0475 Fax: 905-388-9308

Areas served: Canada, United States, Scandinavia, Caribbean

Professional Affiliations: MHMS, IMMS, APMHC, Logistics Institute (Canada)

Services: Strategic facility studies, logistics and facility location studies, facility design and layout, unitization and packaging including design of returnable container systems, customized training programs.

Miller, Jeffrey H., P.E., CPIM, SCOR/P
Productivity Engineering Services
"Solutions For World Class Performance"
31217 Mayville Drive
Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: (734) 425-3904 Fax: (734) 425-3751
Web site:

Areas served: North America

Professional Affiliations:APICS, APMHC, IIE, MHMS, MSPE, NSPE, SCC

Services: PES, founded in 1991, is an Independent Professional Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Services Firm Specializing in the Planning, Design and Implementation of Lean Manufacturing, Warehousing and Supply Chain Operations. PES’ performance improvement services include:

Operations Strategy and Design:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Throughput and Capacity Planning
  • Facilities Planning and Layout
  • Synchronous Material Flow Design & Transformation
  • Lean Material Handling & Storage Systems
  • Cellular Manufacturing Design
  • Workplace Design & Material Presentation
  • Operations Assessments

Productivity Improvement:

  • Work Measurement / Methods Design / Simplification
  • Line Balancing
  • Lean Manufacturing / Toyota Production System (TPS)
  • Continuous Process Improvement
  • Productivity Audits
  • Operations Assessments
  • Cost Reduction Programs
  • Direct and Indirect Labor Planning
  • Performance Measurements / Control

Project Management

Custom Software Solutions

  • Database Design and Programming
  • Production and Inventory Management Applications
  • Manufacturing Systems Simulation, Modeling and Analysis
Nettleton, David
Logistics Consultants, Inc.
2514 E. County Line Road
Ardmore, PA 19003
Phone: 717/779-1535

Rubio, Jose M. Cazarez
Cazarez Consulting Group
Mier Y Pesado 232
A102, Colonia del Valle
Deleg Benito Juarez 03100
52 (55) 6308-4797
Schneider, David K
David K Schneider & Company
PO Box 230457, Centreville, VA 20120
13406 Virginia Willow Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033
Phone Number: 484-685-3188

Areas served: North America

Professional Affiliations: CSCMP, WERC, ASTL, NASSTRAC, APMHC

Services: We lever our experience and broad knowledge and assist small developing companies that need the help and advice of a competent practitioner who has actually managed complex and complicated supply chains, who has learned from both mistakes and successes who can be a "force multiplier" of knowledge and experience in the Supply Chain arena.

We help young (and not so young) companies to design supply chain strategy that supports their growth and helps them avoid business stunting mistakes. We also help companies that “ran into the wall” of mistakes, help them fix the issues and regain the growth momentum. We drive for innovative yet practical "win-win" solutions that provide positive growth for all parties.

We offer a broad range of advisory services, and when it is applicable help clients establish relationships with service providers, equipment suppliers and specialized professional services players. On behalf of the client we will deliver strategic / tactical planning and project management and act as a conductor of an "orchestra" of providers and suppliers.

Staack, Gerald F., P.E., PCMH
501 N. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 314/335-4230 Fax: 314/335-5107

Areas served: U.S. and Worldwide

Professional Affiliations: APMHC, MHMS, ASME, Master Brewers Association of America, National Beverage Packaging Association, Registered Professional Engineer-Missouri

Services: Material handling and logistics studies, facilities planning, site selection, design including equipment specification and facilities design, design/build total project management, and systems integration for food processing, beverage, distribution, aerospace, and general manufacturing industries.

Sutphin, Ken
Pinnacle Engineering, Incorporated
37400 Garfield Road, Suite 300
Clinton Township, MI 48036-3648
Phone: 586-226-3300
Fax: 586-226-3998
Web Site:

Areas Served: World Wide
Professional Affiliations: APMHC, CEMA

Pinnacle Engineering Incorporated is a full service design and engineering firm that has been independently owned and operated since 1997. We specialize in providing facilities design, material handling, and conveyor systems solutions for industries that construct, assemble, store or distribute product.

Our deep-rooted foundation in conveyor systems design and detail engineering as well as equipment installation supervision and facility start-up support makes Pinnacle uniquely qualified to provide planning consultation services to suit our clients’ needs.

We combine our hands-on knowledge with objectivity that is not compromised by internal paradigms or external allegiances to equipment suppliers. As a result, Pinnacle Engineering, Incorporated is able to provide clients with optimal, unbiased solutions to their material handling and production needs.

Consulting Services Provided Include:

  • Facilities Planning – Business case development, bid package design and preparation, bid review and contractor selection
  • Project Management – Project Scheduling, contracts management, field installation assistance, contractor coordination and document control
  • Operations Analysis – Process flow analysis, facilities layout design, material flow design, cellular manufacturing design, material presentation and line display optimization
  • Productivity Improvement – Throughput analysis (computer simulation), line balancing, lean manufacturing methodologies and cost reduction analysis

Engineering Services Provided Include:

  • Finite Element Analysis – Conveyors, carriers and structures
  • Design Engineering/Shop Details – conveyors, carriers, loaders/unloaders, structural steel

Woolery, Richard
Industrial Storage-Material Handling Solutions
625 W. Deer Valley Road
Suite 103-500
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Phone: 623.466.6065
Fax: 623.476.8216

Consistent with the statements of ethical behavior published by other associations of consultants, we affirm that as members of APMHC we will:

  • Place the interests of clients and prospective clients ahead of our own.
  • Hold as confidential all information about a client obtained in the course of a professional assignment.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest, or the appearance of such, and will disclose to a client any circumstances, relationships or interests that might influence judgment and objectivity.
  • Ensure that a client receives a written proposal and has a clear understanding of the objectives, scope and fees or fee basis for the proposed services.
  • Accept only engagements for which we are qualified by experience and competence. 
  • Maintain independence in thought and action.
  • Not engage in the business of selling material handling products or related systems and equipment.
  • Not accept fees, commissions or other valuable consideration from individuals  or organizations whose equipment, supplies or services might be recommended in the course of service to clients.
  • Develop and promote professionalism in the field of material handling.
  • Denotes your professional reputation in the Material Handling Field.
  • Provides the opportunity to participate in the leadership of the growing material handling consulting profession by the association with competent material handling professionals.
  • Provides for periodic meetings for the exchange of ideas and information.
  • Offers professional presentations by members for members.
  • Provides an opportunity to participate in marketing your firm in a booth at the annual MHI Show and Forum.
  • Job lead inquiries from the Internet and calls to the Association office are furnished to each member.
  • Entitles members to a bimonthly industry newsletter and provides opportunities to present articles.
  • Your name and credentials information on the Internet. The Association is listed at
  1. Persons with the equivalent of a college degree in programs related to material handling, or with equivalent practical experience in material handling related work.
  2. Persons with five years of active consulting relating to the material handling field.
  3. Persons not directly associated with selling material handling system or product.
  4. Persons whose primary business is providing consulting services in material handling or related services.

Managing Executive

Gary Forger