AK Material Handling Systems

AK Material Handling Systems Minnesota 100 Best Places to Work

Working hard and having fun aren’t mutually exclusive. We’re proud and grateful to have been named one of Minnesota’s 100 Best Companies to Work For for each of the past 7 years.

AK Material Handling Systems
8630 Monticello Lane North
Maple Grove, MN 55369

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, mezzanines, modular offices and completed turnkey warehouse systems.

Our Company’s History

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.

A & K Equipment

1988 Company Logo

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.

Our Workplace Culture

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, tradeshows, 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.

Meet the Give Back Crew

Salvation Army Bell Ringing giving back with the Give Back Crew

Customer Testimonials:

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


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

Minnesota Business Magazine – Office Fun Award

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


MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association)

BBB Better Business Bureau

Give Back Crew