About MHSI

Material Handling Systems, Inc. (MHSI) was founded in 1995, and is a leading Automotive Containerization and Material Flow Company. We are the premier provider of integrated program management solutions to the global manufacturing, distribution, and services communities. We employ some of the finest engineers in the industry to provide the most cost-effective solutions for our customers. MHSI has experience domestically and abroad, and has worked in Mexico, Russia, China, South America and the Middle East. We use our expertise, intellectual capital, and unique technology solutions to provide measurable results every time.

In addition to our program management expertise, MHSI is a developer and provider of best-in-class web-based program management tools. Our Operations.net software is a comprehensive containerization solution capable of managing all aspects of containerization, including project timing management, container development tracking, financial tracking, and progress reporting. Our Online Collaboration Tool provides an intuitive online database that allows individuals from different organizations and different fields to review part plans in real time, cutting down confusion and making sure all parties are on the same page. MHSI has also taken our expertise in software development off the PC and onto the smartphone. With our Mobile Validation App, facility audits are faster than ever before. Our mobile app allows users to quickly search part databases on the go, take pictures of issues, and leave comments, with all data synced and combined for easy analysis in Operations.net. Our proprietary tools go beyond those of our competitors, and offer simple, efficient solutions to many common issues that arise in Containerization.

With our experienced managers and employees, years of experience, and cutting-edge technology, MHSI is well-equipped and ready to exceed your expectations today. Redefine your company with MHSI.

Meet Our Team Leaders

  • Edward W. Smith
    Edward W. SmithPresident

    Ed Smith has been with MHSI since 1999 and has had a distinguished career in equipment remanufacturing, real-estate development, and investment banking. It was on Ed’s initiative that MHSI was purchased in December of 2001. Ed provides MHSI with the support and means to take action on opportunities which benefit MHSI’s customers and the company’s future.

  • David M. Hicken
    David M. HickenVP Sales & Operations

    With over 30 years industry experience, including several levels of engineering and management within General Motors and Ford Motor Company, Mr. Hicken has been an innovator in the supply chain and material handling engineering industry. With his extensive experience in the areas of stamping, assembly, mechanical engineering, and design, Mr. Hicken has applied his expertise to develop and implement standardized processes for design, project management, and software tools to support both MHSI’s customers and internal MHSI employees.

  • Anuja Deo
    Anuja DeoBusiness Development Manager

    Anuja brings a strong background in automotive project management and engineering to the roll of Business Development Manager. Prior to that roll, Ms. Deo worked as both a project leader and project engineer at MHSI with 8 years of project management experience. In addition to automotive, she has worked in a variety of industries including brand management and health care. Her methodology for sound business development is highly focused on continuous process improvement and in recognizing customer-centered solutions. She believes that industry knowledge combined with strong leadership, effective communication, and collaboration skills are the key to a successful partnership. Ms. Deo holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Supply Chain and Marketing.

  • Kristen Waite
    Kristen WaitePrincipal Software Engineer

    Ms. Waite brings to the team her background in programming for the web, mobile devices, enterprise/CRM systems, and CNC machines. Always researching new technologies and equally at home in the lands of Windows, *nix, .NET and open source, her main strengths lie in connecting disparate systems and determining the simplest solution to complex problems. On a project, Ms. Waite’s primary focus is working with the customer to determine the most efficient solution to their problem in a way that allows for modularity and future growth.

  • Joyce Kindermann
    Joyce KindermannPlatform Manager

    Driven to ensure each client’s needs are met, Joyce possesses a vast understanding of customer processes. Ms. Kindermann has the foresight to predict how customer processes interact with one another across the supply chain, thus affecting project outcomes. She has been with MHSI since 1998 and has worked in all areas of material handling program management. Her consistent commitment to exceed customer expectations and her attention to detail make Ms. Kindermann an asset to the MHSI team and a mentor to many of the interns and junior engineers.

  • Margaret Peet
    Margaret PeetPlatform Manager

    Ms. Peet is a successful management professional with more than 20 year’s experience in planning, developing, and implementing projects associated with supply chain management, material handling engineering, material flow, and manufacturing operations.  Ms. Peet has worked with MHSI’s biggest customers and is currently working on a BMW SKD (International) project with reported savings of greater than $2M in 2015.   While on a project, Margaret’s main focus is customer satisfaction in both quality and cost savings.

    • Marc Eichler
      Marc EichlerDesign Manager

      Mr. Eichler leads and brings new ideas to MHSI’s in-house design department. He works with customers from design concept to the finished product. After graduating from a design school in Germany, Mr. Eichler worked for a car manufacturer and was able to strengthen his abilities, particularly in the automotive industry. As the CAD lead designer, Mr. Eichler places great emphasis on the training and development of his team.

      • Arnold Richards
        Arnold RichardsProgram Manager

        Mr. Richards has been in the automotive material handling industry since 1994. He has been valued member of the MHSI team since 2001. His years of experience and his ability to lead and communicate in a team environment have greatly contributed to the success of the company.

        • Bobby Charles
          Bobby CharlesProgram Manager

          Mr. Charles brings 35 years of experience in the automotive industry and has been with MHSI since 2001. Mr. Charles specializes in material handling design and development. He has spent a significant amount of time working to improve line side operations with respect to material handling systems. Mr. Charles has a strong working relationship with his customers and is respected by his peers throughout the industry.

          • Justin Adams
            Justin AdamsProgram Manager

            Mr. Adams joined MHSI in 2013 and brings a strong background in various areas of automotive containerization. Before joining MHSI he worked in the consumer goods industry, helping to develop a methodology that stressing the small detail will bring the best product. In his prior role of project engineer, he has been able to hone his abilities in rack design and production principles. With a goal orientated demeanor and strong attention to detail, he has become a major asset to exceeding the expectations of the customers.