Long Island City, NY September 12, 2012 -
Hauppauge, New York—Hilo Materials Handling Group, a full-service materials handling, forklift and warehousing supply company serving Long Island and the New York region, since 1977, will open a new 10,000 sq. ft. facility in Long Island City on September 18th. The new branch will be a Hyster factory authorized facility with fully-staffed sales, rentals, parts and service departments. "We are looking forward to our grand opening celebration where we have invited local dignitaries and our customers to mark our expansion into Long Island City," explained Steve LoPiccolo, President of HILO. The new location is the next step in the company’s plans to expand; HILO acquired Viccaro Equipment Corporation in 2011, further extending the company’s market reach and sales staff. Additional location announcements will come at a later time, as details are still being worked out.
HILO’s President, Steve LoPiccolo remarked, “It is our goal to bring more jobs to Long Island City. Our Hauppauge office has grown twofold in just over a year’s time. I anticipate a steady growth pattern in this location as well.” The company currently has over 80 employees at its headquarters with a service fleet of 26 vans supported by industrial carriers and boom trucks to handle the service and transportation needs of customers. "We are now better positioned to handle the Metro New York area with our Queens branch. Our goals are to support and grow Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, NYC and Westchester counties based on individual market size and opportunity," he said.
About HILO Materials Handling: HILO is a factory authorized Yale dealer for Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk Counties and a factory authorized Hyster dealer for Long Island and Metro New York. HILO through its full service dock and door divisions performs installations, servicing and maintenance of loading docks and overhead doors representing such major brands as Kelley, Serco and TKO. HILO has an award winning commercial lighting division; Hi-Light Energy Systems. The lighting division has won an award in LIPA’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program for the last six consecutive years and was most recently recognized at the LIPA Trade Ally Recognition Breakfast in the first quarter of 2012.
HILO will now have two convenient locations in Suffolk County and Queens dedicated to providing Long Island and Metro New York with top-quality forklifts, industrial racking, scissor lifts, commercial lighting solutions, loading dock equipment, overhead doors and superior levels of service. The 35-year-old company was founded by Mr. Les Gobler, CEO who has been involved with materials handling for over 45 years. HILO currently employs over 80 professionals with annual revenues exceeding $22 million.
HILO Materials Handling Group