Combilift employees gather around the company’s 75,000th truck as it comes off the manufacturing line. The truck, an Aisle Master, is being donated to Convoy of Hope.

As part of Combilift’s celebration for its 25th anniversary, the Irish materials handling specialist has announced that it is donating its 75,000th truck, an Aisle Master articulated forklift, to Convoy of Hope, a non-profit humanitarian and disaster relief organization.

“The work that Convoy of Hope does is invaluable to relieve suffering around the world and we wanted to make our own contribution by donating our 75,000th truck to this very worthwhile charity,” said Combilift’s CEO and co-founder Martin McVicar.

Convoy of Hope works to alleviate poverty and hunger and to bring help and hope wherever they are most needed in the world. As this type of aid is always in demand, operational expansion has also seen a corresponding increase in the requirement for warehousing capacity to accommodate the volume of supplies that are stored and ready for delivery to areas in need. The organization’s “World Distribution Center” is in Springfield, Mo., and it is from this location that truckloads of relief supplies and food are shipped across the U.S. and around the world.

Combilift supplied its first Aisle Master for this site four years ago, and a further three units were delivered last year.

Martin McVicar of Combilift, center, is flanked by Jeff Smethers (left) and Erick Meier (right) from Convoy of Hope, at the ProMat trade fair gala dinner.

“A lot of our exponential growth has been down to the Aisle Masters as they enable us to get more loads in and out faster. And thanks to Combilift’s free warehouse layout service and the Aisle Master’s narrow aisle capability we have achieved the best possible storage density and very efficient operation,” said Jeff Smethers, Convoy of Hope’s senior director of distribution.

The donation announcement was made at a gala dinner in Chicago during the ProMat trade fair.

“We are so grateful that Combilift and Martin and the whole team have actually given us one of these trucks for our operations. This is going to help people for years and ensure that every day someone in the world will receive aid, and that brings hope,” said Erick Meier, senior vice president of supply chain at Convoy of Hope.

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