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Press Release: Sunbelt Industrial Trucks Announces the Sale of Its Houston Operations

Sunbelt Industrial Trucks of Dallas, TX announces the sale of its Houston operations to Miner Material Handling.  The sale was closed on the 23rd of March.

Miner acquired Dallas-based CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions in April 2016. CE-DFW is an authorized Doosan, Linde, Donkey and Genie dealer in North Texas.

They were interested in expanding to Houston, so the acquisition of Sunbelt Industrial Trucks, the Doosan dealer in that market, was beneficial to both parties.

Sunbelt is a subsidiary of SBNA Holdings, Inc.  Approximately 5 years ago, one-third of the stock was sold to employees and management team.  The remaining shares, owned by Bill Rowan and Warren Cornil, the founders, will be sold to the ESOP and managing partners later this year.  Miner’s acquisition of Sunbelt’s Houston operation will allow Sunbelt to focus concentration on the Dallas market.

Miner Material Handling now has operations in Dallas, Houston, and Phoenix. Sunbelt wishes Miner continued success in Houston and is confident that its former employees and customers are in good hands.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Importance of a Proper Forklift Safety Training

Forklift Safety Classes and Training

Forklifts can be one of the most important resources a company has to utilize. 2015 was a record year for forklift sales, with over 265,000 being sold worldwide. In the United States alone, there are more than 855,000 forklifts currently being utilized. Some companies may only have one forklift while others can have hundreds; but regardless of quantity, forklift safety is of the utmost importance.

Every year, just in the United States, there are over 90,000 forklift accidents. That is over 265 accidents per day. To put that number in perspective, there is a forklift accident every five minutes in the United States. It is said that 70% of all forklift accidents could be prevented with proper forklift training and policy. Given that a third of those accidents result in serious injury or death, doesn’t it make sense to ensure you and your staff have been properly trained?

An OSHA compliant operator safety training can ensure that you and your staff have a full understanding of the industry expectations and requirements. Let’s take a look at some of OSHA’s requirements and general facts for you and your company:

  1. All forklift operators must be trained.
  2. Any training or adherence to OSHA’s guidelines is the responsibility of the employer.
  3. It is mandatory to keep proper records and documentation.
  4. All certifications and training must be specific to your unique site and equipment.
  5. OSHA compliance training is valid for 3 years after certification date.
  6. Non-compliance with OSHA’s forklift requirements can result in a fine of up to $7,000.

Knowing what is expected of you and the risks you face, it is imperative to make sure you are educating your staff and company. Enter Sunbelt Industrial. Our Forklift training course is designed to help companies- just like yours- set up and maintain OSHA compliant regulations. This training, combined with out of the class study, will help in ensuring a successful completion of the course.

Here are some of the various topics that are covered with our OSHA compliant forklift training:

  1. What is the need for operator training?Forklift Classes and Training
  2. What are the OSHA regulations you should know?
  3. Defining the various model and use IDs for the companies forklifts. 
  4. The need for a daily inspection.
  5. General safety requirements and fueling best practices.
  6. Safety at the loading dock.
  7. Pedestrian Safety
  8. Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
  9. The importance of operator health
  10. The steps and requirements of a job hazard analysis (JHA)
  11. Training tips and additional course preparation

A training feature that sets Sunbelt apart is that we allow you the opportunity to pick the training location. Want your training to be in the same environment where the staff actually works? That would be fine. However, if you would like to utilize our facilities, we offer the option to hold training there as well.

While safety is always the primary concern, and of the utmost importance, there can be devastating effects to your company as a result of forklift accidents. Reach out to us today to find out how we can customize our training for you, your staff, and your company.

UniCarrier Forklifts – Raising Productivity, Lowering Cost [Video]

The short video above may only last four minutes, but UniCarriers’ performance advantages never quit! Let’s talk about their WLX Series electric walkie pallet truck showcased in the video. This pallet truck has been built to outmaneuver, outperform and outlast competitors…and it does.UniCarriers WLX Pallet Truck  

Who will get the most efficiency out of the WLX?

  • Distribution
  • Grocery Stores/Wholesalers
  • Bottle Operations
  • General Warehousing
  • Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing


How is the Maneuverability?

It’s 59.4” turning radius with 48” nominal length forks makes it the industry leader. The fast and easy pinwheels are perfect for right angle stacking in 96” wide trailers. And if the handle is vertical, the Tiller-up drive switch will engage creep speed for precise loading positioning and pinwheeling.  

What is the lift height?

The UniCarriers WLX has the highest lift height of any comparable walkie lift truck yet! It elevates to a full 5.9” with short-tipped pinwheeling forks. This provides maximum clearance over dockplates, ramp angles and uneven floors. Not only does it lift higher than its competitors but also faster! The heavy-duty high-output 1.5kW AC drive motor and hydraulic pump are what gives this walkie truck the power and torque to outperform the other guys.  

Why do we recommend it?

Besides all of the listed reasons above, we feel the high efficiency ac controller & drive system is amazing on this walkie. The quick acceleration and variable speeds help to increase run time and productivity as well as extend work cycles and reduce downtime. The For a full list of features and benefits and to learn more about the low cost of ownership on the reliable WLX electric walkie pallet truck contact our experienced sales team. WLX Series electric walkie pallet truck