Employee Owned. Client Driven.

Who We Are

Founded in 1963, Hy-Tek Material Handling, Inc. — the premier single-source provider of material handling solutions for an extensive range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, pharmaceutical, food, electronics and automotive  — celebrated 50 years of business success in 2013.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, employee-owned Hy-Tek Material Handling serves customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico from offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Hy-Tek’s Industrial Equipment, Integrated Systems and Construction Equipment teams deliver cost-effective, efficient solutions for every application.


Electric Lift Trucks

Hy-Tek represents the full line of Yale lift trucks in Central Ohio, and Yale Materials Handling is one of the largest volume producers of zero emissions electric lift trucks in North America. The company has developed the next generation of electric rider lift trucks with their ERC-VG series. This line of zero-emissions forklifts incorporates application-matched performance with environmentally trustworthy technologies. The result is superior performance that is equal to an Internal Combustion Engine lift truck, but without the emissions. The ERC-VG electric rider product is considered the most efficient lift truck in its class in North America.  Click Here for more info.

Environmentally Friendly IC Lift Trucks

Yale has introduced spark-ignited IC forklift models that meet or exceed CARB 2010 (California Air Resources Board) requirements. According to testing reviewed by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Yale industrial trucks rate among the lowest in exhaust emissions in the industry. Yale diesel lift trucks are becoming increasingly cleaner through ongoing development with diesel engine suppliers to meet Tier III standards and the upcoming Tier IV standards. Additionally, Yale has engineered their ICE products for extended service intervals. For example, Yale has reduced the number of oil changes, which not only reduces maintenance costs, it helps lower consumption of nonrenewable fossil fuels. In addition, Yale has introduced an electronically controlled transmission which significantly reduces tire and brake wear on IC lift trucks.  Click Here for more info.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas

LPG is one of the cleanest energy sources in terms of transporting the fuel, storing the fuel, and also in terms of its end-use. The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from LPG are considerably less than most other fossil fuels. LPG emits almost no nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide (SOx) or particulate matters. This means LPG helps preserve the environment, helps fight climate change, and aids in preserving indoor and outdoor air quality.  Click Here for more info.


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An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Hy-Tek today is owned by its employees. Because every employee is economically and philosophically invested in Hy-Tek’s success, customer satisfaction is always top-of-mind. A companywide commitment to exceeding expectations serves our customers well.

Hy-Tek takes pride in being a good corporate citizen, donating time, talent and financial support to over 35 local and national charities, educational initiatives and sports teams. Our employee-owners are particularly committed to sending supplies to our troops overseas and contributing to the Toys-4-Tots holiday toy drive.

By providing industry-leading service and support, Hy-Tek has realized steady and consistent growth, including the recent additions of offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Atlanta and JCB Construction equipment to better serve our customers.



Delivering cost-effective, efficient solutions for every material handling application.

  • Sam Grooms

    Sam Grooms

    Chief Executive Officer

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sam Grooms is responsible for measuring risk, managing growth, and maintaining relationships

  • Jim Ripkey

    Jim Ripkey

    President - Industrial Equipment

    President Jim Ripkey is responsible for growing the business of the Industrial Equipment Division, the leading Yale Forklift and

  • Tom Mann

    Tom Mann

    President - Integrated Systems

    Senior Vice President Tom Mann oversees Hy-Tek’s Integrated Systems Division. Providing integrated material handling systems for customers

  • Donnie Johnson

    Donnie Johnson

    Executive Vice President - Integrated Systems Sales, Kentucky

    Integrated Systems (IS) Sales Executive Vice President Donnie Johnson oversees a team of

  • Mark Bruner

    Mark Bruner

    Executive Vice President - Integrated Systems Operations, Kentucky

    As Integrated Systems (IS) Executive Vice

  • Rich Bair

    Rich Bair

    Director of Sales

    Director of Sales Rich Bair oversees Hy-Tek Material Handling’s team of sales professionals to

  • Vic Fogle

    Vic Fogle

    Operations Manager

    As Operations Manager for Hy-Tek Material Handling, Inc., Vic is responsible for the day to day operations of the