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Hilo Achieves Yale Dealer of Excellence 2012

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HILO Materials Handling Group Announces Additional Location Opening in Long Island City


Company positions itself to service New York City

and Westchester County



Hauppauge, New York—September 2, 2012—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.


Direct Contact:

Steven LoPiccolo

HILO Materials Handling Group

(800) 395-HILO


Media Contact:

Karen Johnson

Johnson Media Services



                                                  August 1, 2012

Hilo announces the Grand Opening of our new full service factory authorized Hyster branch at 45-54 37th Street, Long Island City N.Y. 11101 for September 18, 2012.  See the link from our home page for Grand Opening Specials!


                                                    March 1, 2012

Hi-Light Energy Systems was presented for the 7th Year in a row by LIPA with the LIPA Trade Ally Award for our work with the LIPA Commercial Energy Effiency Program and major success in Kilowatt reduction thru our Industrial/Commercial Lighting energy efficiency division!



February 9, 2012

Hilo Achieves Dealer of Excellence for 2011 

The Yale Dealer of Excellence Program is designed to recognize dealers with focused leadership, who have driven their companies to the highest level of performance in all areas of the business. Each year, the goals for excellence are raised, in order to meet the increasing expectations of the customer and industry demands. It is not surprising that the commitment to excellence becomes engrained in the culture of the dealership and results in consistent performance and recurring achievement of this recognition.

This is the 7th year in a row Hilo has achieved Dealer of Excellence!


January 1, 2012:

 Hilo Announces the addition of the Nilfisk-Advance line of industrial scrubbers and sweepers to it’s product portfolio



“Press Release February 9, 2011”

We did it again! For the 6th consecutive year in a row we were presented with an award by LIPA at thier annual Trade Ally recognition breakfast for our work with the Commercial Energy Efficiency Program.  Thank you to all of our customers who put thier trust and facilities in our hands.  On behalf of the entire staff, Thank you for helping us make Long Island “Greener”.

“Press Release January 28, 2010”

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) held its annual Trade Ally recognition breakfast on Thursday January 28, 2010 at the Hilton of Long Island located at 598 Broadhollow Road, Melville, NY 11747.

This annual LIPA event provides an opportunity for its Trade Ally partners to network with other professionals who are leading the many energy conservation efforts available on Long Island. The event provides an overview of new programs available for the upcoming year and recognizes partners in several LIPA program categories including electric, solar, HVAC and more with awards presented to the leading companies in their respective fields.

Hi-Light Energy Systems, a division of Hilo Maintenance Systems, Inc. and a previous LIPA Trade Ally award winner in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, was again looking to receive an award at this year’s event. 

I can say proudly that, “we did it again!” For the year ending December 31, 2009 Hi-Light was presented with the award in the Commercial Energy Efficiency Program by Kevin S. Law, President and CEO of LIPA and Dan Zaweski, Vice President Energy Efficiency of LIPA for:

“The electrical/lighting contractor that achieved the most energy savings

from total projects submitted”

Being recognized by LIPA for 5 consecutive years running, this clearly shows that Hi-Light Energy Systems has an ongoing commitment to continuously provide Long Island businesses with the quality products, services and energy savings benefits that you would expect from an award-winning LIPA partner.

For more information on how Hi-Light Energy Systems can help your business save energy, while improving both its area lighting and financial bottom line, please call us at (631) 253-2600 or visit us on the web at 


Steven L. LoPiccolo

Steven L. LoPiccolo

Managing Member