Inside Logistics

KION wins 600-forktruck order

U.S. home improvement chain Menards will use automated and li-ion trucks from STILL and Linde


August 7, 2019
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — KION North America’s partnership with fellow KION Group brand Dematic and the Group’s advanced lithium-ion technology, has positioned KION North America to receive its largest order in company history from Wisconsin-based Menard Inc. A privately held company headquartered in Eau Claire, Menards, has approximately 325 home improvement stores throughout 14 states in the Midwestern United States.

The deal calls for KION North America to manufacture and supply Menards with over 600 Linde industrial trucks which run on lithium-ion batteries, as well as several FM-X Reach trucks from STILL, another KION brand, that will be fully automated by Atlanta-based Dematic.

Not only does the order represent the largest in company history, but it is “the biggest lithium-ion order ever received in North America,” according to Michael Gore, vice-president of sales, KION North America.

“When it comes to cost reduction in the warehouse environment, our new combination of proven Linde quality, total cost of ownership, lithium-ion batteries and hybrid automation gives Menards a significant competitive edge,” noted Vincent Halma, president & CEO of KION North America.

KION North America professionals showed their appreciation and support to Menards and the milestone order by autographing a photograph of a Menards inspired Linde industrial truck.