Combilift donates its 75,000th truck to International Charity

Combilift’s 75,000th truck – an Aisle Master articulated forklift – on the production line

As part of Combilift’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the Irish materials handling specialist has announced plans to donate its 75,000th truck – an Aisle Master articulated forklift – to Convoy of Hope – a non-profit humanitarian and disaster relief organisation.

Convoy of Hope works alongside communities and its wide network of volunteers aim to alleviate poverty and hunger, bringing help and hope wherever they’re most needed in the world. As this type of aid is sadly always in demand, operational expansion has also seen a corresponding increase in the requirement for warehousing capacity, to accommodate the vast volume of supplies currently stored and ready for delivery to those areas in need.

The World Distribution Center is based in Springfield, Missouri, and from this location at the ‘crossroads of America’, truckloads of relief supplies and food are sent on their way across the USA and further afield around the globe. Combilift supplied its first Aisle Master for this site four years ago, and a further three units were delivered last year.

Convoy of Hope’s Senior Director – Distribution, Jeff Smethers, commented: “A lot of our exponential growth has been down to the Aisle Masters as they allow us to get more loads in and out faster. And thanks to Combilift’s free warehouse layout service and the Aisle Master’s narrow aisle capability, we’ve been able to achieve the best possible storage density and very efficient operation.”


From left to right: Jeff Smethers (Convoy of Hope); Martin McVicar (Combilift); and Erick Meier (Convoy of Hope)

The announcement was made at a gala dinner in Chicago during the ProMat trade fair, with Combilift’s CEO and Co-Founder, Martin McVicar, commenting: “The work that Convoy of Hope does is invaluable to relieve suffering around the world and we wanted to make a personal contribution by donating our 75,000th truck to this very worthwhile charity.”

Erick Meier, Senior Vice President – Supply Chain at Convoy of Hope, said: ”We’re so grateful to Martin and the whole Combilift team for giving us one of these trucks for our operations. This is going to help people for years, and ensure that every day someone in the world will receive aid – and that brings hope.”

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