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MHI launches Young Professionals Network

New network is designed to attract professionals under 40 to the industry.
By Josh Bond, Senior Editor
January 21, 2013

New network is designed to attract professionals under 40 to the industry.

In an effort to attract and retain fresh talent in the industry, Materials Handling Industry (MHI) will launch the Young Professionals Network (YPN) at ProMat 2013. YPN membership is free and open to MHI members and non-members under 40 years of age who are interested in supply chain management.

“The goal is to get more young people interested in materials handling, and get them to stay,” says Devon Birch, marketing and communications services manager for MHI, and one of the association’s eight YPN members. “It’s about making them feel as if they belong and are connected to a support network.”

Birch says the YPN will provide online forums and tools for networking, trend-watching, and professional development. Social media will play a big role in connecting the network, and the YPN has already set up a blog ( as well accounts at Twitter (@MHIYPN) and LinkedIn (

YPN’s first Webinar will be held on February 27 at 2 p.m. EST, titled “Other Generations: What ARE They Thinking?” More information will be available during ProMat at the MHI Booth and during social hour in the grand concourse from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

YPN main page:

ProMat 2013 is scheduled to be held January 21-24, 2013 in Chicago’s McCormick Place South. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry. Modern’s complete ProMat 2013 coverage.

About the Author

Josh Bond
Senior Editor

Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.

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