Demand for Pick Rates Led Company to Jungheinrich

Classic Distributing & Beverage has been a beverage distributor for the Los Angeles area for over 30 years.  Running an operation in a 250,000-square-foot warehouse, moving nearly 8 million cases of beer per year!

One of the dominant challenges this company faced was reducing time spent pulling orders for distribution. Even with voice picking solution, they showed a loss of efficiency from getting on and off their forklifts during the order picking a routine. After working with a local Jungheinrich dealership, Classic Distributing added 15 new Jungheinrich EKS 110 low-level order pickers to their fleet for retrieving warehouse orders.

Check out the video below for their amazing story and success they had from choosing to go with a Jungheinrich EKS low-level order picker.

Classic Distributing Low-Level Order Picking Application

The EKS 110 is backed by the 2 shift 1 charge guarantee!  That is 16 hours of order-picking on 1 charge… it may seem unreal, but we guarantee it.

Contact us for a free 7-day demo and experience the difference!

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Fallsway Wins MVP Award 6th Straight Year

Fallsway Equipment Company has been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award for 2018.  This is the sixth consecutive year that Fallsway Equipment has earned an MVP Award from the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association).

Award recipients must satisfy a rigorous set of criteria with less than 10% of the association’s membership earning the award.   As a 2018 MVP,  Fallsway Equipment has successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism, and good stewardship.

“MHEDA MVP winners represent the very best in dealership management,” said Buddy Smith, 2017 MHEDA Chairman of the Board and CEO of CMH Services in Columbia, SC.  “These dealers have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their business.”

To qualify for the annual MVP Award companies are required to provide evidence of their commitment to their partners in the business including their customers, employees, and suppliers.  They must satisfy criteria in the following important areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Customer Service & Safety Practices
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

Fallsway equipment is a family owned company that has been in the business since 1959.  We have fewer than 150 employees working between our Akron headquarters and Youngstown branch.

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor.  MHEDA represents close 650 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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Optimize Forklift Battery Performance

Having the proper level of water in your forklift’s battery plays an essential part in the routine maintenance of your electric lift truck.  In order to maintain an effective charge, a lithium-ion battery requires an appropriate level of water.  Too much and you risk overflow during the charging stage.

Follow these tips to help optimize your battery’s performance in your forklift:

  1. Water The Forklift Battery After Charging:

Before charging, NEVER top off the water in the battery.  The battery needs that extra space for possible fluid expansion when in its charging stage.  Check to ensure that the water level is high enough to cover all the lead plates inside.  If not, fill water to the necessary level that covers all of the cells.  But if you top off the water before charging, overflow can happen.  This risks losing some of the acids and significantly shortening the life of the battery.

  1. Submerge All The Plates:

Be aware that your forklift battery plates are all below the water-line when charging. This will help ensure they do not overheat and dry out.  If the plates are above the waterline, add distilled water to about a quarter inch above the plates and avoid completely topping off the battery.

  1. How Frequent Should You Water Your Battery:

Do you know the frequency you should add water to a forklift battery?  This is a key piece of knowledge for regular forklift battery maintenance.  A typical forklift battery needs watering about once a week when used on daily basis.  Batteries that have been used for an extended period of time or are reconditioned should be checked after every five charges.  When properly maintained, you may check new batteries about every ten charges for the first few years of use.  Look to see if the water level is roughly a quarter inch above the element protector.  If the level is too low, top off the battery with distilled water.

  1. Proper Water Usage:

When watering a battery make sure to use water that is free from impurities and measuring a 5-7 on the PH scale.  Always use clean, distilled water; if you use water containing impurities, such as tap water, you can damage the battery from the chemical and mineral content of the water.

To keep your electric forklift running efficiently, know your proper battery watering essentials as listed above.  If you follow the proper guidelines, you will help prevent high replacement costs and any unnecessary service costs.  For a more detailed demonstration watch our short video on industrial battery maintenance.  Get the most out of your electric forklift batteries performance!

For more information please contact us at 330-633-6000 for a Fallsway electric forklift battery specialist.




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A Long History With Cat Lift Trucks…

Mystic Seaport is both a preservation center and a museum for America’s seafaring past.  They dedicate their time to preserving and showcasing the artifacts of the sea.  For nearly 60 years, Mystic has operated its 1954 Cat lift truck, and have relied on it throughout the preservation process.  They have tried several brands of lift trucks, but in the end, have reached out to the local Cat lift truck dealership for assistance.  Check out what they had to say about Cat lift trucks in this quick video below!

For more information on our Cat lift trucks please contact us at 330-633-6000.

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Jungheinrich’s Lithium-ion Deal!

We would like to show recognition to Jungheinrich for receiving a major order for more than 1,000 lithium-ion vehicles.  The largest order ever awarded for vehicles fitted with lithium-ion batteries anywhere in the world and also the largest vehicle order volume in the company’s history.

Of the 1,000-plus industrial trucks, 700 consists of vertical order pickers designed for narrow-aisles in warehouses.

Lars Brzoska, a member of the Jungheinrich board of management in charge of marketing and sales, say’s the order is “a new milestone for electro-mobility (which) underscores Jungheinrich’s unrivaled mastery of lithium-ion technology”.

Lithium-ion batteries are produced at the Jungheinrich plant in Norderstedt, Germany, which Jungheinrich claims to be the world’s only manufacturer of industrial trucks to produce its own lithium-ion batteries.  The batteries are intelligent and can communicate with the vehicle as well as the charging device.

Jungheinrich has experienced an annual 300% increase in sales for lithium-ion batteries over the past three years.  With the continued strong global demand for this product, the group is planning to expand its manufacturing capacity in the future.

To learn more about Jungheinrich lithium-ion technology contact us at 330-633-6000 and talk to specialists today!

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MCFA Celebrates 25 Years

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) our proudly supported product line is celebrating a major milestone, marking 25 years of quality materials handling production and distribution.  Founded July 1st, 1992, MCFA has expanded its Houston-based manufacturing facilities over the last several years to accommodate the growth and demand for all products offered.

“MCFA has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last 25 years,” says Ken Barina, president of MCFA. “From a small operation of 335 employees to the nearly 1,200 we have today, MCFA has continued to make significant strides in not only the Class IV and V internal combustion forklift market, but also in the electric segment with our innovative Class I, II and III warehouse products.”

Take a look at a few of the advances made by MCFA over the last quarter of a century:

  • Adding Jungheinrich- branded warehouse products to the existing product lines of Cat lift trucks and Mitsubishi forklift trucks expanded the ability to offer customers access to all five classes of lift trucks.
  • Opened up a new facility dedicated to electric assembly, a move that brought a 40% increase in production capability and created new manufacturing jobs in Houston.
  • Localized product of several key products, such as Cat and Mitsubishi 6-16 ton internal combustion models to Houston reduced the lead times on these machines.
  • Introduced Warehouse Navigation Technology in North America,  for customers who are looking for a semi-automated solution to operating lift trucks in narrow aisle applications.
  • The joint venture with Jungheinrich AG to form industrial components of Texas, LLC (ICOTEX), this new company will manufacture industrial components.  There has been a dedicated 71,000- square-foot facility dedicated to being built in Conroe, Texas, and is scheduled to open in August 2017.

Marking another huge milestone for the company, MCFA will celebrate the production of its 450,000th forklift later this year.  They will also begin the second expansion of its electric assembly building, doubling the amount of production space dedicated to electric forklift models on MCFA’s Houston campus.

To learn more about our product lines Jungheinrich, Cat, and Mitsubishi from MCFA,  contact us at 330-633-6000!



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Jungheinrich Lithium-Ion Battery Option for EJE120

We are excited to introduce the new lithium-ion (110 Ah) 24-volt battery option for the Jungheinrich EJE 120 walkie pallet truck.  Using the latest lithium-ion technology, Jungheinrich’s battery option offers maintenance-free and an impressive life expectancy of up to 3,000 discharge cycles.  To put that into perspective, the average service life for a lead-acid battery ranges from 900 to 1,200 cycles.  That is more than double the number of discharge cycles a standard lead-acid battery has.13050027

The newly designed lithium-ion battery provides a high level of efficiency when charging – allowing it to quickly reach 50% charge after 85 minutes with its onboard charger.  As a result, this provides an energy savings of more than 20 percent!

Below are some of the unique benefits of the lithium-ion battery option in a Jungheinrich EJE walkie pallet truck:

  • Unrestricted usage and fast charging capacity-  The Jungheinrich lithium-ion battery emits no gas or acid, allowing it to be used in sensitive
  • applications like food storage.
  • More run time and high-level efficient energy usage-  The battery can be used in multi-shift operations.  The Lithium-Ion Batteryincreased efficiency in comparison to a conventional lead-acid battery will reduce energy costs significantly.
  • Optimized charging with high-frequency charger- Extremely short charging times gives a high level of vehicle availability and flexibility for the day-to-day warehouse usage needs.  As stated before 50% of the battery is reached after only 85 minutes of charging and 210 minutes for a full charge.  Also, note that the charge can be interrupted at any time with no adverse effects.
  • No more battery maintenance – Enjoy maintenance-free with the lithium-ion battery, thus eliminating the cost of battery upkeep, maintenance, and infrastructure.  The enclosed design (IP54 rating) protects the battery from dirt, dust, and splashed water.
  • Integrated Battery Management System (BMS)- Jungheinrich BMS continually monitors energy management and ensures safe consistent operation.  The charge status will appear on the vehicle’s display (SOC) and includes the recovery of battery power.

For more information about the new Jungheinrich lithium-ion battery option for the EJE 120 walkie pallet truck contact us at 330-633-6000.


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Annual Green & Clean Event in Downtown Akron

This past week member from the various departments at Fallsway proudly participated in the annual Green & Clean event in downtown Akron.  The Green & Clean event started back on April 22nd for Earth day and continued every week leading up until the end of May.  Our dedicated group of employees spent the afternoon putting in some TLC on the landscaping for the Howe House/Lock 2.  Our team went IMG_0815through the beds and weeded and mulched to give this building even more of a curb appeal than before!  If you are in downtown Akron check out the Howe House and enjoy its peaceful “Ohio Themed” folk music and sights.  We proudly support this project to make an impact on the community we live and work in every day!


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Jungheinrich EJG Electric Counterbalanced Walkie Stacker

Take a look at the new Jungheinrich EJG series of electric counterbalanced walkie stackers!  The EJGJungheinrich EJG 212-216 Electric Counterbalanced Walkie Stacker Back is a great addition to any warehouse that has tight spaces and no room for a wide walkie stacker with support arms.  With weight capacities ranging from 2,600-3,500 lbs.  The EJG is mainly used for loading and unloading cantilever type storage racking.  Read more about the Jungheinrich Advantage below:

Cantilever Stacking Design:

A cantilever racking system design where inference from support arms allows the transport of sideways or special load carriers.  The 7.5-inch load wheels allow for travel over uneven surfaces and low thresholds.  The short overall length allows for easy maneuverability in confined warehouse spaces.

Precision, Comfort, and Sturdy Design:
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Pilot style handlebar, allowing for the control to be at your fingertips.  Just like every Jungheinrich walkie series, they are built with safety features such as Crawl speed, emergency safety stop, and electrical steering for effective control.  The EJG has precise load lifting speed- control and noise-reduced hydraulic motor for the safety and comfort of the operator.  A gentle deposition of load using proportional hydraulics and an automatic reduction in speed with raised loads will keep your load secure at all times.  Also designed with an 8mm steel frame, proven to last in the harshest of applications.

Innovative control and Drive Technology with the EJG:

The EJG offers a high level of efficiency with excellent energy management. Engineered to have powerful acceleration at maximum capacity and a rapid directional change while maintaining the safety of the workload.  Built with Jungheinrich’s highly credited, 3-phase AC motors with electronic control. Tuned to your specific application, while offering a high level of performance in conjunction to lowering overall operating costs.  Don’t sacrifice performance for efficiently, have the best of both worlds with the EJG.

For more information please visit our page on Jungheinrich’s EJG series or give us a call at 330-633-6000!


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Jungheinrich ECE Center Control Riders

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Jungheinrich ECE series of center control riders in North America.  This center-controlled rider is capable of lifting up to 8,000 lbs of product through your warehouse without losing any torque.  The ECE 227/236XL through a combination of the latest technologies and an ergonomic design has optimized both the cost and speed of order picking.  The ECE standouts from the competition with its high-performance output and its ergonomic design built for the comfort of the operator.   Take a look at the following features and benefits to owning this exceptional machine.

Innovative technology:

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The ECE is built to outperform and reduce operating costs.  It has high energy efficiency with reduced energy consumption when performing any applicable task.  Built with rapid acceleration for high productivity and shorter long distance travel times.  In addition to its high acceleration, it also has quick and secure changing of travel direction without pausing in the neutral.

Comfortable operation:

Built for any skill level or application with Speed Control offering a comfortable and secure travel based off of driver characteristics.  The travel speed, which can be set by the driver, will maintain a constant speed regardless of operation during travel times up or down an incline.  Has regenerative braking with energy recovery when reducing travel speed for a smooth and safe ride.

Rugged Construction:

The ECE is built to last in even the hardest applications.  The chassis is made from high-quality steel and an extra high raised apron on the front cover.  Tension-proof fork sections with strong, pull-rod design built even for the heavy loads and long forks.  Capacity up to 8,000lbs for carrying up to three non-stacked pallets.

Smooth Steering:

The ECE offers electric steering using the JetPilot steering wheel.  A secure grip, similar to driving a car gives your operators comfort and familiarity.  The operator does not need to contort their body when traveling around corners providing operator control and more importantly, comfort.  The design allows for single-hand control with its automatic return to its straight-ahead travel position.

For more information on this Jungheinrich product, contact us at 330-633-6000




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