Maple Grove, MN

AK Material Handling Systems

Our address:
AK Material Handling Systems
8630 Monticello Lane North
Maple Grove, MN 55369AK Material Handling Systems Logo

Website: www.akequipment.com
Phone: 800-722-5908    (Our Mission)

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, mezzanine floors, modular offices and completed turn-key warehouse systems.

Our Story

A & K Equipment

1988 Company Logo

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 it’s office to Osseo, MN and now has a Warehouse.

1998: A&K purchases a building in Maple Grove, MN. 8670 Monticello Lane. This building is still currently occupied by AKMHS and is used to store used pallet rack and material handling equipment.

2006: PalletRackNow.com is built as an online pallet rack store for AK Material Handling Systems, shipping new and used pallet rack across the United States.

2008: AK purchases VBI’s (Viking Business Interiors) remaining inventory after they close their 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 shelving systems.

2011: AK Material Handling Systems purchases the building next door to its existing warehouse. 8630 Monticello lane is now the main headquarters and main warehouse for new pallet rack products.

Our Workplace Culture

We have a created a fun work atmospher by implementing fun sayings and other ways to motivate one another, as well as installing a pool table and practice putting green. We have an all around fun and spontaneous office where we host chair races at the end of the day and take turns bringing in treats for one another.
We did away with weekly meetings and instead have what we call “Triple Espresso.” Triple Espressos give each and everyone to a chance to really describe their given mood or personality for the day so that we can cater to their needs and build team unity. We promote personal growth and development for our team members, and send them fun and educational events outside of the office. Networking events, trade shows, workshops, races, charity events and other opportunities are available for every member of the AK team.
We have an awesome internship program within our marketing department, in which young marketers can learn and grow while contributing to the company in a meaningful way. We have also created the Give Back Crew (wwww.givebackcrew.com), a program through which we give back to the community, one volunteer hour at a time. Team members are encouraged to choose a charity to work with, and we aim to help each one over time, either through direct volunteer work, fundraising, or donating materials.
We encourage personal health and fitness through sponsoring and organizing several team runs and other challenging events each year. Multiple team members have run their first half and full marathons through this initiative.
Perhaps everyone’s favorite tradition is the employee-sponsored lunches that take place each December. Every-other day throughout the month, groups of three employees and leaders work together to make and serve meals for the rest of the company as a celebration of the season and the spirit of giving.

Customer Reviews:

In the 14 years I’ve been responsible for contractor installations and purchasing equipment, I have never found another company so willing to understand problems and ultimately reach very creative solutions. With A&K’s Expert offering of Multi-product capabilities and layout, design, installation techniques, I realize A&K is the only stop I need to make.
– Rich Walsko SUPERVALU


 

Our experiences with AK are always amazing. They know their business inside and out. We have some very aggressive needs in several areas of our business, in more than many locations around the country. They found the best materials and equipment for our needs. Gave us a great quotation, and installed the system without a hitch. AK is my preferred vendor of choice!
– Tim Ash IBM


 

We have greatly improved the efficiency of our entire manufacturing facilities all over the country. AK delivered. With their very complete product offering, we installed several integral pieces of equipment including hi-speed doors. Our operating costs have decreased and our manufacturing effectiveness has increased. AK is tops in service and expertise.


 

Jake has great customer service skills! I have purchased materials from them 4 times and each time they are accurate and make the process seamless. Although I have only worked with Jake my warehouse staff tells me their warehouse staff is easy to work with also. I am glad that I found this company 2 years ago to help meet out racking needs.
– Scott Hill


 

We ordered pallet racks and shelves for our warehouse. The sales associate was very knowledgeable and helpful. We shopped around on pricing and AK Material was the best by far with excellent quality as well. The shipment arrived 3 days sooner than expected which was wonderful! We will use them again!!
– Bonnie Harmon


 

Our Experiences with AK Material Handling are always amazing. They know their business inside and out. We have some very aggressive needs in several areas of our business, in more than many locations around the country. They found the best materials and equipment for our needs. Gave us a great quotation, and installed the systems without a hitch. AK is my preferred vendor of choice!
– Linda H – Engineer


 

Awards & Honors:

MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) MVP: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Minnesota Business Magazine – 100 Best Companies to Work For: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Minnesota Business Magazine – Office Fun Award

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal – Best Places to Work: 2012 & 2013

Associations:

MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association)

BBB Better Business Bureau

Give Back Crew:

In 2011, AK Material Handling Systems started a tradition of team building outside the workplace. This consisted of signing up for team runs and volunteering a different local charities. The running events originally started with just 4 employees signing up, but by 2015 AK was signing up groups of 15 for the annual summer Lifetime Fitness Event. If you are interested in learning more about the GBC, please visit the webpage here.

give back crew

Ice Bucket Challenge for Charity

Team building

Team Building at The Vikings Game with Family & Friends