Friday, February 17, 2012

2012 - A new year begins

As we move into the new year, I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect a bit on the topic of blogs . A blog is sort of a personal commentary on life and the important events that are woven into it. Corporate blogs can often be boring and dull, filled with facts, corporate events, and product information. They usually lack a personality, if you will. I thought I would start this year off by making this blog more personal and hopefully more interesting.

With this in mind, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Eric Berg and I have been with PennWest for about 8 months. I previously worked for 17 odd years with Beckwith Machinery Company, a Caterpillar distributor in Western PA, before they got bought out by Cleveland Brothers. During the buyout, the material handling division of Beckwith was spun out and formed into a new company called PennWest. So while I am new to PennWest, I am quite familiar with its employees, its products, and its culture. I can honestly tell you that the folks here at PennWest are truly a great group of talented and hard working people who are an absolute pleasure to work with.

PennWest is in the material handling business. My background and education was in the mining industry with a large chunk of it spent in South Africa's deep level gold mines. When I think about it, mining is all about material handling - moving, storing and processing materials from the earth. The only real difference between mining and the 'material handling' business is that mining handles raw materials where as the the 'material handling' businesses handle material which has been processed. I suppose if we were to continue this line of thought, the husband who takes out the trash could also be considered to be in the 'material handling' business. Well, just in case you're interested, we do sell garbage cans...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

PennWest, in Partnership with Toyota Material Handling is focused on providing you with what we believe is to be the best products and services in the material handling industry. It is a great privilege for us to be chose as one of the 60 distributors in the United States to represent Toyota's world class line of forklifts, manufactured in nearby Columbus, Indiana. Being a Toyota forklift distributor means that we carry our customers the Toyota philosophy of continuous quaity improvement both in our products and especially in the services we offer. Toyota Material Handling did not become the #1 forklift manufacturer in the world by accident. it did so by relentless pursuit of excellence in the products it manufactures and the distributors it uses to promote and maintain the Toyota experience. At PennWest, we are absolutely committed to providing you with the best value in sales, rentals, parts and service. It's in our DNA.

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The Erie Branch took delivery of a New Manitou Buggie model MH25-4T. We demonstrated the unit at the Erie County Horticultural Society Chicken BBQ (Penn State Cooperative Extension) in North East Pa. The all time four wheel drive 5,000lb capacity forklift drew a very nice crowd of Grape Growers and Wine Makers. They all liked the compact size, enclosed cab, and four wheel drive features of the unit. Following the demonstration, the unit was rented for this years grape harvest North East Pa.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Grand Opening of our new Erie Location

PennWest Industrial Trucks, LLC dba PennWest Toyota Lift is proud to announce the Grand Opening of their newest facility in Erie, PA. The full service material handling facility is located at 2860 West 23rd Street in front of the entrance to Ebco Industrial Park.

PennWest Toyota Lift is the provider of America’s Number 1 Selling Lift Truck – Toyota. In addition to Toyota, PennWest offers a full array of forklifts and other material handing equipment. Forklifts are available for sale or rental. There is a variety of used equipment on hand and ready for delivery from both the Erie location and their headquarters in Pittsburgh. In addition to equipment, the branch has a full service parts and service department. The Erie team can service all brands of material handling equipment.

For more information on the new Erie facility, please contact 814.835.6851 or email at Normal operating hours at the Erie facility are Monday-Friday from 7:30 – 4:30.

An Open House is planned for Thursday, July 12, 2007 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Refreshments, demonstrations, a safety clinic and door prizes will all be available for all who stop by to see the new location.

Friday, August 11, 2006

PennWest #1 car scores at the Erie Speedway!

Over 50 customers and guests from the Erie area were treated to a full day of racing action at the Lake Erie Speedway in NorthEast. Racing started early on Sunday, July 30th with the 125 lap feature race finishing after 5:00 PM.

Three Nascar drivers were in the race along with our own Steve Black in the Number 1 car detailed in Toyota orange. Terry LaBonte, David Stremme and Jeff Green were the Nascar guests that participated in the big race.

Customers were treated to meal vouchers along with a PennWest seat cushion. Four lucky winners took home door prizes.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

PennWest is now an Ottawa Dealer

PennWest is now a dealer for Ottawa Trucks, designed specifically for moving and spotting trailers in distribution centers, logistic companies and freight terminals.

Here's a picture of us receiving our first inventory shipment.

Monday, July 10, 2006

From Motordrome to Lake Erie Speedway—get set for July 30th!

The second race in a series of 100+ lap races will take place on Sunday, July 30th at Lake Erie Speedway in North East.

Steve Black in his #1 Toyota Celica sponsored by PennWest will participate in the race. In addition, PennWest will be hosting customers and their guests at the event.

This race will also feature three Nascar drivers: Jeff Green, Terry La Bonte, and Dave Stemme.

Gentlemen! Start your engines!

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