MHI Industry Groups Announce New Memorial Scholarship

Friday, May 20, 2022

Three MHI Industry Groups, the Ergonomics Assist Systems & Equipment Council (EASE), the Lift Manufacturers Product Group (LIFT), and the Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers Group (LODEM), are humbled and honored to announce the creation of the James Galante Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship for the amount of $3,600 will be awarded to a deserving scholar pursuing studies related to the supply chain-material handling industry for the academic year 2023 – 2024 and will be managed by the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI).
James “Jim” Galante was a supply chain-material handling industry professional with a passion for making workplaces safer and more efficient by familiarizing the industry with ergonomic solutions and best practices. Mr. Galante gave generously of his time and expertise as an industry professional, mentor and volunteer, including serving as the Chair of EASE for 16 years up until his untimely passing in late 2021. Group members unanimously agreed that the creation of such a scholarship would honor Mr. Galante’s professional contributions, spirit of volunteerism and mentorship by encouraging the next generation of supply chain industry professionals.
“Jim’s mission was to educate others in ergonomic solutions, best practices and processes to ensure that workers have a safer and better work environment. That’s why creating a scholarship in Jim’s name made sense to us. This is a clear way for us to honor Jim’s commitment to ergonomics and safety in material handling environments and ensure his mission continues on,” said Amy Blueter of Kinetic Technologies and current EASE Chair.
James Johnston of Autoquip Corporation and current LIFT Chair says, “I had the pleasure of working with Jim on multiple committees for the LIFT group. He had a unique perspective in our industry and I found him a wealth of knowledge. He always had time to help but would also try to keep us from getting bogged down in the weeds when serving on those committees.” 
One of Mr. Galante’s favorite quotes that he was often heard saying was “Stop petting the mule and load the wagon!” It was this positive “let’s get it done” attitude and lighthearted humor that made Mr. Galante a natural leader, successfully uniting industry professionals and soliciting volunteers to help promote industry best practices for the overall betterment of working conditions through ergonomic solutions.
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The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) is an independent charitable organization that was established in 1976. Since 1976, our programs have supported over 1,000 students and educators seeking pathways to quality educational programs and fulfilling careers. The demands of today’s global economy and fast-paced technological change reinforce the need to draw top talent to sustain and strengthen material handling and supply chain businesses for the future. Visit to learn more.
About MHI
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers and third-party logistics providers. MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for their members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors the ProMat and MODEX expos to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics. 

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