All About AK
We deliver value to our customers by providing the absolute best combination of quality products, helpful customer service, and competitive pricing. We specialize in warehouse layout & design, pallet rack systems, engineered sales, mezzanines, modular offices and completed turnkey warehouse systems.
Our mission is to be a leader in the material handling industry by guaranteeing to provide our customers high quality service and products in a timely and professional matter.
To Accomplish Our Mission We Must:
“Provide our clients with the best quality available resulting from the blend of performance, price, durability, safety, reliability, and service thereby consistently achieving or exceeding their expectations.
Provide our employees with opportunities for personal and professional growth in an environment where performance and innovation are recognized, opinions encouraged, teamwork highly valued, a sense of humor encouraged, and a company pride fostered.
Provide our suppliers with a mutually beneficial relationship based on quality products and consistent performance.”
We don’t believe hard work and fun need to be mutually exclusive. Work is what fuels our business, but an emphasis on having fun, celebrating each other’s efforts, forming a camaraderie with one another, and taking time to go on company outings is what makes AK Material Handling Systems a special place in which to work. Traditions such as the employee-sponsored lunches throughout December and holiday celebrations throughout the year add meaning to being a member of the AK team. As a small business, we appreciate each other’s talents and the unique skillsets that one other contribute to make the business run.
We place a high value on the personal and professional growth of all team members and provide avenues for pursuing both. Networking events, trade shows, workshops, races, charity events, and other opportunities are all part of the experience of being an AK team member. We’ve established a marketing internship program in which young marketers can learn about both marketing and the material handling industry in an engaging, hands-on, and meaningful way.
We firmly believe that part of our duty as a local business and as members of the community is to give back to those who need help. That’s why we started the Give Back Crew as an employee-run nonprofit. The aim of the Give Back Crew is to help our neighbors locally and abroad who lack necessities such as food, housing, and furniture. Organizations we’ve worked with include Matter, Feed My Starving Children, Second Harvest Heartland, ICA, Bridging, and others. We also support charities aimed at improving global health and curing diseases, such as the Movember Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association.
1988: A & K Equipment was founded and established itself as a material handling distributor operating out of an office suite in Brooklyn Park, MN.
Early 1990’s: A & K Equipment moves its headquarters to Osseo, MN and now has a warehouse.
1998: A&K purchases a building at 8670 Monticello Ln North in Maple Grove, MN. This building is still currently occupied by AK and is used to store used pallet rack and other material handling equipment.
2006: PalletRackNow.com is started by the AK, intended as a way for customers to order pallet rack online. Pallet Rack Now soon establishes itself as its own brand and focuses on making it fast, easy, and simple for customers to buy pallet rack from anywhere in the U.S.
2008: AK purchases VBI’s (Viking Business Interiors) remaining inventory after the company closes its doors, and continues the VBI legacy by supplying the Twin Cities with industrial steel shelving and storage products. VBI was most known for their excellent customer service and blue Tennsco shelving systems.
2011: AK Material Handling Systems purchases the building next door to its existing warehouse. 8630 Monticello Lane North is now the main headquarters and primary warehouse for storing new pallet rack inventory.
2015: AK purchases and renovates an old furniture warehouse in the city of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The warehouse now serves as the company’s East Coast shipping hub and employs two local community members full time to operate the warehouse.
Awards & Honors
MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) MVP: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Minnesota Business Magazine – 100 Best Companies to Work For: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal – Best Places to Work: 2012 & 2013
Associations & Memberships
MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association)