Scott Johnson Elected Chair of ITA

Scott JohnsonCLARK Material Handling Company (CLARK) is pleased to announce that Scott Johnson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has been elected the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Industrial Truck Association (ITA). Scott accepted the gavel from outgoing Chairman Brett Wood of Toyota at ITA’s 34th Annual Meeting held at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, September 13-16, 2017.

“CLARK was instrumental in the formation of the Industrial Truck Association
over 65 years ago,” commented Scott upon accepting this prestigious position.
“For all these years, ITA has been the leading organization in the industrial truck
industry in North America, and has led the way for the formation of sister
organizations in other parts of the world. I am humbled and extremely proud to
support and now lead this organization which has served the forklift industry and
its members so well for so long.”

Scott previously served on ITA’s Statistics Committee and has represented
CLARK on ITA’s Executive Committee for several years. Scott has worked in the
material handling industry for over 20 years. He is also an active member of the
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA). Scott is an avid
outdoorsman, and a proud alumnus of the University of Kentucky.


Rack Safety Tips

Pallet rack failure can be catastrophic, cause incredible product and property damage, and can even be lethal in some cases. There are some things you need to do in order to ensure your racking is kept in safe operating parameters.
Know the capacity – When your racking system is installed, it is rated for capacity based on its configuration and manufacturing process. Be sure your forklift operators know the capacity. If you change ANYTHING about your racking, be sure to have it re-rated.
Be sure there is adequate aisle space between racking – This seems logical and is usually taken into consideration, but often times, tolerances are narrow and changing equipment such as lift trucks can impact a forklift’s ability to retrieve and balance loads. Be sure to take this into consideration when purchasing new equipment.
Protect your racking – Use column protectors and guard rails to keep racking from being damaged. Inspect your racking frequently, and if you find any damage, contact a professional for assessment and repair/replacement if necessary.
Have a question about racking systems or safety? Please contact us at 888-530-1832.