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Last year was the second-best year in the history of Hytrol, and we believe that 2019 will be our best ever. We are prepared for workforce growth and updates to our production facility in 2019 to accommodate rising demands. It is an exciting time for the material handling industry, and we continue to position ourselves as an industry leader.
It has been a tremendous year, and I look back on it with pride for all that we have accomplished. Hytrol has made substantial advances in technology with our Technology Center and innovative new products. We were also blessed to follow up last year’s record year with two record months. Our founder Tom Loberg once said, “We have the best people in the world.” And I agree because without the dedicated members of the Hytrol Family these accomplishments would not be possible.
The first week in October is when we celebrate the manufacturing industry with Manufacturing Day on October 5. It is not only a time to educate others about manufacturing careers, but it is also a good time to evaluate processes in your facility.
Plastic chain conveyors are utilized for many benefits—they are lightweight, modular, and flexible, and provide transport for smaller items that are not otherwise easily conveyed. Hytrol's Connex™ conveyor line offers all these benefits of a plastic chain conveyor plus others. See what Connex can do for you and your business.
One of the first steps in the process of ordering a material handling solution is to get it quoted. Hytrol’s Quoting Department completes around 7,000 quotes a year, and we are dedicated to offering the best conveying solution. With a little planning and research, you can ensure that your quote is processed quickly and accurately with the best solution available.
Plastic and modular chain conveyors may be more encompassing than you think. Usually best suited for the pharmaceutical, food production, packaging or manufacturing industries, they offer many advantages and benefits for material handling needs. What makes these belts a good fit for your system and when should you consider using them?
Roller conveyors are a great solution for your material handling needs. They are a sound choice for both transportation and accumulation of cartons and come in two basic frame styles: rollers set high (RSH) and rollers set low (RSL). These terms refer to the vertical position of the carrying rollers relative to the side frame. Although the RSH frame design has been Hytrol’s default standard for many years, the RSL design offers many distinct advantages in applications within a conveyor system. 
Last year saw a 16 percent increase in e-commerce sales to $453.5 billion according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. This was no surprise as e-commerce sales have averaged a 15.2 percent and $40.5 billion increase every year since 2010, doubling since 2012. During that same time, the size of new warehouses in the U.S. increased by more than 108,000 sq. ft. (143 percent) and 3.7 ft. in height.  
The largest manufacturing and supply chain expo of 2018, MODEX, is coming up quickly. The show is April 9-12 in Atlanta, and with more than 850 exhibits and 100 educational sessions, you could find yourself overwhelmed with your choices. A little planning will help you make the most of your MODEX experience. Use the following quick tips to make sure you utilize your time wisely.  
I’d like to start with the obvious: 2017 has been the best year in Hytrol’s history. That’s not meant to discount any of the successes of the previous years—we certainly wouldn’t have seen the success we achieved this year had it not been for years and years of preparation and hard work. We know that it’s the work that has happened since Hytrol’s founding in 1947 that we build on to create the progress we see today.
Hytrol is in the business of manufacturing, and look—people often have the wrong idea about it. There have been some alarming studies out there about what people think of when they think about careers in manufacturing. They think it’s dirty work. They think it’s not exciting. They think it’s not well-paying. But here’s some news: that is simply not true about today’s industry. Take a look at these common misconceptions—and what manufacturing means today.