AK Material Handling Systems
8630 Monticello Lane North
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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.
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
“ 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
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal – Best Places to Work: 2012 & 2013
MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association)
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.