Trade Associations

The American Beverage Association members manufacture and distribute more than 95 percent of all non-alcoholic beverage products produced in the U.S. The beverage industry is a vital part of our nation's economy -supporting nearly 3 million jobs that generate more than $112 billion in wages. Through member support, ABA serves as an effective organization of producers, franchise companies and suppliers, and acts as a strong national voice for the refreshment beverage industry. ABA membership consists of franchise companies, production plants, canning facilities, distribution/sales centers and companies that manufacture and sell a full range of products, including packaging, machinery, equipment, ingredients and other services to the industry.

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, (MHEDA) is the only trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling equipment distributor.

MHEDA represents all segments of the material handling industry and offers industry specific business training and resources to help maintain and strengthen companies. MHEDA is the direct connection to the Material Handling Industry's hottest trends, newest products, and best management training workshops and represents a wealth of resources for all material handling businesses.

MHEDA also offers wikiMHEDA, a resource for terms and concepts relating to the material handling industry.

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) is a trade association whose more than 500 members manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery in the United States and Canada. PMMI's vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging. Its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

PMMI members are globally renowned for making the highest quality equipment, offering responsive service, and committing to meeting their customers’ needs. That is why one out of every four machines sold around the world is made by a PMMI member company.

The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) is the only professional organization focused exclusively on warehouse management, providing practical, how-to information to help members grow professionally as they improve warehouse and company performance. The organization is led by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of professionals from all aspects of warehousing and distribution.

WERC members are distribution and warehousing professionals who lead, direct and manage the efficient flow of information, materials, and finished goods throughout the supply chain. Members represent many types of businesses, such as manufacturers, wholesalers/distributors, retailers, and third-party warehousing/logistics providers.

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers. Founded in 1934, NSPE strengthens the engineering profession by promoting engineering licensure and ethics, enhancing the engineer image, advocating and protecting Professional Engineers' legal rights at the national and state levels, publishing news of the profession, providing continuing education opportunities, and much more. NSPE serves some 50,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters.

Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) is the non-profit organization under which domestic and international activities are conducted. Active members are manufacturers of industrial material handling and logistics equipment, systems and software or user-specified components for such equipment. They market their products in the United States. Associate membership is held by business publications, consultants and systems simulators.

Through MHIA, member companies are given a greater voice in shaping the destiny of the industry both nationally and internationally. MHIA sponsors trade events, to both showcase the products and services of its member companies and to provide material handling educational opportunities.

Increased productivity through better material handling logistics - that is the mission of the Material Handling Industry of America. MHIA offers a stronger, more powerful voice than that of individual companies acting alone.