Crown Garners Most Valuable Supplier Award

We’re pleased to announce that Crown Battery was named 2021 Most Valuable Supplier by the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA). This prestigious award is granted those organizations that have exhibited exemplary commitment to their dealer network, employees and community, and is presented to less than ten percent of MHEDA member companies.


To qualify for the award, Crown was required to meet criteria and demonstrate business excellence in multiple categories vital to the material handling equipment distributors we serve. We also needed to provide evidence of an ongoing commitment to safety and employee training, and documentation confirming active participation in community support. Additionally, we had to be recommended for award consideration by a MHEDA member.


“We’re extremely honored to be recognized as a MHEDA 2021 Most Valuable Supplier,“ exclaimed Crown Battery’s Mark Kelley, Vice President, Industrial Products Group. “While we strive to continually deliver the most innovative, top performing products to the material handling market, that’s only part of the equation. Forging and enhancing strong relationships with our distributors and positioning them for success, developing our dedicated staff so they can continually take us to the next level, and giving back to the our community truly enables all of us to grow ‒ professionally and beyond. This award validates everything we’re doing. We are not only very appreciative to MHEDA, but to our dealer network and the commitment of the entire Crown team for making it possible,” he concluded.


Crown was recommended for the award by one of our long-time distributors, John Gelsimino, President of All Lift Service Company, Inc. of Willoughby, Ohio, who noted in his recommendation letter: “… Crown Battery’s products are best in class and they go above and beyond in supporting their independent battery agent network. Their customer service, quality and attention to detail have made them one of my most valuable suppliers.” He continued, “Their commitment to excellence in the industry and support for independent distributors aligns with MHEDA’s founding principles.”


On earning the Most Valuable Supplier award, Mike Wall, 2020 MHEDA Chairman of the Board and President of CSI Materials Handling in Westmont, Illinois, commented: “The MHEDA Most Valuable Suppler award is difficult to achieve without a companywide commitment to excellence in education, networking and community service. The companies that earn this distinction are the premier materials handling providers in the industry.”


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

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