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The Best Associates. The Best Solutions. #1 for a Reason.


The Best Associates. The Best Solutions. #1 for a Reason.

| 7/28/2023
Southern States Material Handling
Tampa, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Orlando, Ocala, Jacksonville

For over 19 years, Toyota has been the world's No. 1 material handling solutions provider. For more than 70 years, customers have been choosing Southern States Material Handling as their premier solutions provider for their material handling needs. Forklifts, warehouse storage, automation, conveyor, and fleet management are a sampling of the solutions that Southern States Material Handling brings to customers to help them achieve and maintain their competitive advantage.

President Dave Bailey's philosophy is, "In order to deliver world class solutions to customers, you have to hire, develop, and reward associates with a world-class organization. One that they are proud to be a part of with benefits that make a positive impact in their lives."

Toyota has an operating philosophy of Monozukuri Wa Hitozukuri, "building things is building people" Executive Vice President of Operations Lance Landeche ensures that this operating philosophy is more than words when it comes to SSMH's approach to associate development. "The thing that motivates me each day is being a part of something bigger than yourself. Helping people become their best. By offering associates a career, that's a commitment from us that we will professionally develop you and help you grow into your full potential"

This philosophy is more than a vision — it is felt by associates across the organization.

"This is more than just a job. This is a career, a place where you can make a home. The sky is the limit," says Ron Carwein, technician with six years of service.

"I enjoy what I do here ... I plan on retiring from here ... and hopefully, the people that I train will carry on the same excitement and standard of excellence," says Eric Reynolds, technician with 21 years of service.

Associate benefits include profit sharing, 401(k) matching, continuing education, tuition reimbursement, tool reimbursement, paid community service hours, company sponsored "theme days', vacation & PTO, wellness program with incentives and a "rewards catalog," associate assistance program, healthcare advocacy program, and vision & dental coverage.

"Our focus on recruiting and retaining the best associates is driven by our commitment to deliver the best customer experience. Associates who feel respected, honored, and rewarded pass that same world class experience on to our customers. It really is a win-win for everyone involved," Bailey explains.

Above average retention rates, associate referrals, and stellar associate reviews show thatSouthern States Material Handling is delivering on their commitment to be a best company to work for.


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