President Jim Ripkey is responsible for growing the business of the Industrial Equipment Division, the leading Yale Forklift and JCB dealer in central Ohio, within its current market and beyond. Long-term relationships with Yale Lift Trucks and other premier manufacturers enable Hy-Tek to resource the best options for customers’ industrial equipment needs. Hy-Tek Industrial Equipment solutions include new and used equipment for purchase, lease, and rent; fleet analysis, reports, plans, and management; customized maintenance programs; flexible financing programs; reliable aftermarket services and parts; and operator training and compliance certification.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Jim Ripkey is a business development and operations specialist with 25 years of material handling equipment experience, including 7 years with Hy-Tek. From 1995-2002, he served as Hy-Tek’s Vice President and General Manager, as well as the company’s Director of Operations. In addition, Jim has held executive positions with Barloworld Handling, the world’s largest lift truck dealer with some $300 million in U.S. sales.
Active professionally, Jim has served on the board of directors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA). A popular speaker at industry conventions and meetings, he regularly conducts training seminars for MHEDA, leading equipment manufacturers, and independent lift truck dealers.
Jim Ripkey holds a BS in Business Administration from Miami University.