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East Penn Manufacturing Co. Receives Industry Award for the Seventh Consecutive Year

East Penn Manufacturing Co., has earned the prestigious MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for achievements in 2021.  The MVS Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) to less than 10% of all member companies.   This is the seventh consecutive year that East Penn has earned the MVS Award.  This industry Award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees, and their community.


To qualify for the MVS Award, East Penn was required to meet a series of criteria in a number of areas important to the distributor companies who do business with them.  In addition to confirming an on-going commitment to safety and employee training, award recipients must provide documentation of active participation in a program that “gives back.”

MVS Award winners have demonstrated an overall commitment to business excellence by documenting programs in the following areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Distributor Advocacy
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

Doug Bouquard, VP/GM of Motive Power Sales stated “East Penn is honored to again receive the MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award from MHEDA.  As the only battery manufacturer to achieve this award seven consecutive years, it is truly an amazing accomplishment and only possible through the continued commitment of our employees, our independently owned North American dealer network, and the customers we serve.  We also want to thank MHEDA for continuing to serve as a premier resource for the material handling industry.”

Achieving the MVS Award demonstrates a company wide effort to maintain the highest business standards, customer service, employee development and commitment to the betterment of the material handling industry.  MHEDA is very proud of our award-winning members.”  Ted Springer, President of Springer Equipment Co., Inc. and 2021 MHEDA Chairman.

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the premier trade association dedicated to serving all segments of the material handling business community.  MHEDA represents close 600 companies in the material handling equipment business.  Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices.  For more information, visit