Hannibal Shelving to Unveil New Factory at PROMAT 2015

For the third time since its inception, Hannibal Shelving will be exhibiting at the annual PROMAT show. This year, Hannibal has big announcements to the world of industrial shelving and storage solutions.


PROMAT 2015 Features Shelving Solutions Industry Leaders

From March 23 to 26, all the biggest names in the manufacturing and supply chain industry will converge upon Chicago’s McCormick Place South to confer, share, learn & grow together at the PROMAT show.

Over the course of 4 days, more than 800 industry professionals will discuss the latest trends, technologies, and innovations in more than 100 sessions. These sessions will consist of show floor seminars, networking opportunities, and keynote speeches. The end result of shows like these: The best can only get better.


PROMAT Keynotes, Seminars, and More

Some of the highlights of the show include: Keynote speeches with some high-ranking influencers: John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO of Whole Foods, and Steve Wozniak, Cofounder of Apple and CEO of Zeus. Mackey will be discussing a new system for doing business, and Wozniak will speak on the future of technology.

Of course, there are also dozens of seminars throughout the conference, with topics ranging from current trends in storage solutions, to order picking trends, to tips on managing inventory and reducing waste.

One of the events you won’t want to miss is TubeRack inventor Andrew Kirby, who will be speaking and hosting an in-booth presentation at the Hannibal Shelving booth at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23.


Hannibal Shelving Announces New Location For Storage Solutions

The PROMAT show is the place where the manufacturing and supply chain industry unveils all of its latest and greatest for the year, and in 2015, Hannibal Shelving is no exception. In addition to all the latest advancements that keep Hannibal Shelving an industry leader, we are proud to announce that we are opening yet another U.S. based manufacturing plant, this time in Houston, Texas.

This expansion will allow Hannibal Shelving to grow its business, shipping more than 100,000 tons of heavy duty metal shelving, industrial shelving, and other steel products every year. Selecting Houston as a location for the new plant is a strategic move – not only will it defray shipping costs significantly, it also enforces some of Hannibal Shelving’s core values by creating American jobs, careers, and opportunities.

So come by the Hannibal Shelving booth (MA 1563) if you are attending the PROMAT show this year. We’ve got lots to celebrate, and we’d love to celebrate with you.


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Manufacturing Metalsistem

The manufacturing process at Metalsistem is almost as unique as the shelving itself! One of the most fascinating transformation processes of steel takes place at the Metalsistem manufacturing facilities. Research and technological evolution have allowed Metalsistem to create a top of the line roll forming process that efficiently forms bland steel coil surfaces.rolls

So how do we do it?

First off, Metalsistem purchases galvanized structural steel coils in standard widths varying from 1.00 to 1.25 meters. The steel is galvanized with a high quality zinc coat that ensures a high level of durability! This zinc coating ensures that
our products have elevated resistance to rust and other elements.

Once the coils arrive at the manufacturing facilities, the coils are slit into widths that will satisfy our diverse catalogue of Metalsistem products.These slit coils are then transformed using one of the following processes:

Roll forming

Brake pressing

rolls3Roll forming is usually used to make our standard frames and add-ons. During this process, a ribbon of  steel is continually passed through a series of rollers which reform the metal until the perfect shape is achieved.






Brake pressing is generally used to create items with smaller dimensions, such as our accessories. This process uses a single action to punch out the required form from a sheet of metal through the use of a press.

Once everything is complete, all Metalsistem components are subjected to regular and rigorous technical tests to ensure that they are safe, sturdy and top of the line.

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Hannibal Industries In The News!

If you didn’t already know, Hannibal Industries made it to the front page of the business section in the LA Times last week!

The article, written by Ronald D. White, focuses on Hannibal’s recovery after the worst of the recession.


White interviewed Steve Rogers,Hannibal’s vice president of sales, who discussed what Hannibal looked like during the severe economic downturn and how becoming an employee owned company in 2008 influenced positive change for the company.la times 2

Click here to read the inspiring article in its entirety
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In other shelving related news, the Hannibal Shelving Youtube channel has been updated!

At Hannibal Shelving we strive to solve your storage issues as easily as possible so we created some videos to help you out. In our recent videos, we give you step by step instructions for…

How to assemble your Metalsistem starter unit and add on:

How to assemble your Metalsistem drawers:

And how to assemble additional Metalsistem accessories:

Or if you would like to watch all three videos together you can check out the video below:

So what did you think? Questions? Comments? Concerns? Let us know what you thought about our LA Times article and our new Youtube videos on any of our social media sites!

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Home Storage with Hannibal Shelving

Organization is the key to success and what better place to start on that road to success than your home?

We understand that storage needs are personal to each individual! That is why our customizable shelving offers solutions to your home storage problems without stifling your creativity or originality. We have gotten a few questions about how MetalSistem shelving can be utilized in the home and hope to answer all of those questions on one short page. By the end of this blog post, you’ll be well versed in how versatility and style make MetalSistem shelving perfect for home storage!

The Super 1/2/3 series of shelving has customizable designs, additional accessories and a modern look that can be personalized- so let’s break it down!


Customizable design:
What do we mean when we say customizable design? The shelf levels of the Super 1/2/3 series can be adjusted within the main upright frames. This makes it easy to alter your unit based on your personal home storage needs. Opting for smaller shelf space is great when displaying books or other household knick knacks.Living Room Shelving
Bedroom Storage       But if you’re looking to create a bigger space for larger items, or even to hang clothing, the shelf support beams can be adjusted to accommodate that as well. While standard shelving requires you to shop for different units to suit each home storage problem that you have, MetalSistem shelving allows you to create what works for you. Whether you’re looking to organize your garage, living room, or even your closet, our Super 1/2/3 units will do the trick.






Additional Accessories:

Now that you understand how to customize the design of MetalSistem shelving, you can check out the handful of accessories we have that cater to several different home storage problems.

Drawers are available Organization Drawer and can be installed on any level of the unit to help organize smaller items. Another easy way to organize smaller items is with our modular containers that also fit on the unit level of your choice.Modular Container If you’re looking to break up your shelves into different sections, our sliding dividers can be inserted to either create a low or high barrier between your items.Shelving Dividers
Finally, our units have the ability to be up to 26 feet tall! So, we offer ladders that match our shelving to help you get to those hard to reach places.Storage Ladder









Last but not least, MetalSistem shelving is designed with a modern look and can be used as everything from an elegant furniture piece for your living room to a sturdy outdoor storage unit. Because our shelving is simple, it allows your creativity to shine through by dressing it up or down. Here are just two ways that you can bring your Metalsitem shelving to life!

Indoor vs Outdoor





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Thanks for reading and hopefully we’ll see you next week when we publish our next blog post!

Storage Solutions From Everywhere On The Web

Welcome to the Hannibal Shelving blog!

Whether you have visited us before or are reading through our website for the first time, we are glad that you’re here. This is the first of many weekly blog posts that will serve as a platform to communicate what Hannibal Shelving is all about and to stay connected with our customers- new and old. With this blog and our new social media accounts, we hope to bring storage solutions to business owners and everyday consumers alike.

At Hannibal Shelving, we believe that storage and organization should be easy and effective. Removing clutter is essential for everyone, whether you are in need of organizing a warehouse or are just looking for a way to clear up your home. Because of this, we hope to provide you with solutions to your storage problems in a straightforward and innovative way. Our team at Hannibal Shelving believes in efficiency and originality and aims to bring these ideas to the market place through the sleek and simple design of its shelving.

This summer, we will be updating all of our social media sites regularly to show how our one-of-a-kind shelving can meet your storage needs. But most importantly, we’ll be using it to connect with anyone who is interested in Hannibal Shelving- whether they are loyal customers or casual browsers. Feel free to follow us on all of our social media accounts and to interact with us online! You can click any of the buttons below this post to find us. Let us know what you think about our products or blog, ask us all of your questions or just comment and say hello. Regardless, we thank you for your support and hope that you’ll be back next week to check out our next blog post!





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The Benefits of a Properly Organized Warehouse

Make an Organized Warehouse Work for You

Are you getting your warehouse organized for your new business to run smoothly? Is your existing business in turmoil, thanks to a chaotic warehouse? Either way, never fear: These tips for maximizing efficiency are universal, and can help your warehouse operate like a well-oiled machine. It all starts with the right shelving unit, but it doesn’t end there.

Chances are, your inventory is as diverse as you can make it. After all, relying on one single item usually doesn’t make a lot of sense. So when you are setting up your warehouse, you’ll want to categorize your merchandise in several ways. One of the most overlooked ways is “size.”

Small Pieces – Middle Shelf

Start with the smaller items – handheld, nuts-and-bolts stuff. The shelving units you selected will naturally have a number of shelves. You’ll want to store smaller items on the mid-level shelves – ideally between hand level, and eye level – in the proper drawers and bins. This is to help expedite the “picking and packing” step of the process. If your shipping department has to climb a ladder or stoop down for these easily grabbable items, that’s time wasted. It may seem like only seconds, but over time, those seconds become minutes, hours, and even days. And of course, time is money, so pennies become dollars, just as quick.

Heavy Merchandise – Bottom Shelf

Conversely, your business may also handle larger, bulkier, heavier inventory as well. It wouldn’t make much sense to store those high up in the rafters, would it? Nope. Keep some space for the heavy merchandise on the lower shelves, for the very same reason. Less effort to put away. Less time to take out. And yes, less money wasted. Just be sure you select a shelving unit that is strong enough to handle the job.

Rarely Used Items – Top Shelf

If you have items – displays, P.O.P, or archival materials, for example – that you only use very infrequently, you should try to store them up on top of the shelving units, where they are out of the way and don’t interfere with your shippers.

Have A System, and Stick To It

Fortunately, there are several high-quality inventory management software programs to help your business run smoothly. The proper program lets you see what you have on your shelves at the click of a button. And having that information automatically update in real time allows you to order smart – so you don’t end up with a shipment of 10,000 widgets you’ll never sell through in 100 years.

After all, your business needs inventory that collects money – not dust.


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The Key to Home Auto Repairs

Do You Have The Right Shelving Units for Your Home Auto Repairs?

Believe it or not, the average car has 30,000 different parts. That’s 30,000 opportunities for something to go missing, something to be misplaced, something to be tucked away in the wrong box, never to be seen again.

That’s why, when you’re doing home auto repairs, organization is of paramount importance. From routine car maintenance tasks like changing the oil, to major home auto repairs like completely rebuilding an engine, a garage lined with the right shelving units can make the job go smoothly.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” –Alexander Graham Bell

What, you ask, are the right shelving units? That’s for you to decide. Every garage will be different, and you want to make it unique to your own needs and tastes. But there are a few universal qualities you’ll want to look for.

Easy to Assemble Shelving Units

If you’re looking to construct your dream garage with just you and a couple of friends, you will need to invest in shelving units that are modular, so you can assemble it yourself, and versatile, so that you are able to customize your shelving units to fit the space you have

Accessory-Compatible Shelving Units

Because all 30,000 of those car parts have to go somewhere, you will need a shelving unit that can be diverse, as well. Spark plugs can go into a bin. Tools can be organized into drawers. There are even special racks designed for tire storage! If you’re planning on organizing for parts of varying shapes and sizes, make sure you have the accessories for the job.

Strong, Sturdy Shelving Units

Of course, one of the most obvious elements of a high-quality shelving unit is its durability. Not every car part is as light as a hubcap, you know. Look for a shelving unit that’s made of high-tensile steel, and has a weight capacity that’s been certified by a credible governing board.

Take a look behind the counter of any auto parts store – you’ll notice racks upon racks of high-grade steel shelving units that are all highly organized – so none of those 30,000 parts ever go missing. It’s no different than if you are trying to organize your personal garage. Proper organization – and proper shelving – are both important elements of any home auto repairs. Alexander Graham Bell is right – preparation is the key to success. With the right shelving system in place, you’ll know where everything is. And if you’re organized, you’re already halfway there.


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Is Your Warehouse Earthquake-Proof? (Part 2)

Creating An Earthquake-Proof Solution

As you read last week, the earthquakes in Los Angeles and off the coast of northern California were relatively minor, but they very easily could have been devastating. Great big earthquakes can cause buildings to crumble, and even minor ones can turn an organized, efficient warehouse into a chaotic mess.

Ask yourself this: If an earthquake were to occur directly under your place of business, how well would your warehouse survive?

Shopping – And Storing – is Big Business

Stop for a minute and think about how many stores there are in the U.S. alone. Now think about where all that merchandise does when it’s not being sold. Every store has a store room. And every manufacturer has a warehouse. And every distributor. And so on. What do all these things have in common? The manner in which they are all stored.

Rethinking The Modern Pallet Rack

From a distance all pallet rack units look similar – strong, broad, easy access to goods. But if you think that all units are the same, then take another look.

Due to the constant threat of earthquakes, and other impact events,Andrew Kirby and Hannibal Industries set out to create a material handling solution that could withstand the tremors and quakes of a seismic incident. And soon, that invention became TubeRack.

The TubeRack system features a dual-moment frame that permits flexibility front to back, as well as side to side. This gives TubeRack the ability to withstand earthquakes and impacts, greater than other shelves.

Inventor Andrew Kirby, who is Hannibal’s long-time engineering consultant, had been working on the earthquake issue for several years before inventing TubeRack: “TubeRack has set its reputation as the stronger, safer racking system that provides a lower overall cost of ownership,” he says – a claim that has been corroborated by its many satisfied customers. In fact, in 2005, when FEMA released a 160-page report that specified recommendations for structural improvements to buildings and storage racks, Kirby was already well on his way to address these new concerns, so TubeRack not only met all new federal recommendations and standards, it surpassed them.

If you’ve got a warehouse, then seismic activity and other impact events should be on your mind. You may not be able to predict, or control, natural disasters, but you can prepare for them.

The Advantages of TubeRack

It’s Easy To Assemble: TubeRack’s modular design makes it easy to put together – no welding – and, because the components are all interchangeable, the length and width of each unit can be increased as needed.

It’s Versatile: It was designed specifically to adapt to your existing environment – TubeRack possesses the ability to be mounted on existing slabs, to provide greater storage capacity than most existing racks.

It’s Lightweight: Even with all the durability, TubeRack’s design includes hollow metal posts to decrease unnecessary weight.


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Is Your Warehouse Earthquake-Ready?

There’s an old saying that goes: “You can plan for everything – except what’s going to happen,” and unfortunately, it’s quite often true.

Take earthquakes, for example. Seismic activity is unpredictable, and the potential for destruction is almost limitless. But you can protect yourself – and your business – with the right shelves.

Earthquakes Can Be Costly To Your Business

The recent earthquake off the coast of Northern California was a poignant reminder of how the unexpected tends to happen when you least expect it. Although the quake was approximately 50 miles off the coast of Eureka, it measured in at a 6.8 on the Richter Scale, and the tremors were felt as far inland as Sacramento. Although there was no official tsunami threat, more than a few coastal residents kept one eye on the horizon, half expecting a tidal wave.

And even more recently, Los Angeles, California experienced a 4.4-rated quake. Granted, that’s a relatively minor tremor, but the big ones can cause mass destruction. In 1976, the Tangshan earthquake in China took an estimated 240,000 lives. It was a 7.8,

How Can You Protect Yourself?

The lesson to learn here is this: If you’ve got property or inventory, an earthquake – even a smaller one – could create costly damage. And the more you have, the costlier it could become.

In 2005, a wave of quakes affected a small section of the Italy, but resulted in a multi-billion-dollar blow to the economy. Foundations cracked and some buildings fell, but it was the loss of inventory that struck a colossal blow. Manufacturers of balsamic vinaigrette and Parmesan cheese had entire inventories rendered unsellable. Aged barrels toppled to the floor and split open, great wheels of cheese fell to the floor by the hundreds. It was devastating.

However, there is another old saying: “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

The Right Shelves for the Job

With that in mind, Hannibal offers high-density high-grade Metalsistem shelving units to stand their ground – even when the ground itself doesn’t. Super 1-2-3 is a popular shelving unit made from high-tensile steel, and is certified according to EN 10204 3.1. In addition, Super 1-2-3’s safety is recognized by TÜV Product Service in Munich, Germany, and also meets the strict requirements of the Equipment Safety Law.

The Unirack USP series is yet another design that offers even greater protection against seismic tremors. With solid shelves in place of beams, Unirack USP offers an unparalleled stability and a load-bearing capacity of greater than 10,00 lbs per unit.

So whether you’re setting up your garage, small business, or massive warehouse, you want a storage solution that prides itself on stability, durability, and strength.


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Kicking Off MODEX 2014 on St. Patrick’s Day

Kicking Off MODEX 2014 on St. Patrick’s Day

Hannibal Industries is well represented here in Atlanta at MODEX with a booth constructed entirely of TubeRack and Metalsistem material handling products. Hannibal Industries partner and inventor of the patent pending TubeRack product happens to be Irish, and he didn’t let anyone forget that the show kicked off on St. Patrick’s Day.  If you see him at the pub tonight be sure to buy him a beer – he’s Irish!

Kirby will be presenting “How Innovation in Rack Design Helps Lower Cost and Deliver Stronger, Longer-Lasting Material Handling Solutions,” at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Theater C at MODEX 2014.  The Hannibal team will be there, and we invite you to join us for his presentation.

Kirby will be discussing how today’s more highly-engineered designs can impact the entire material handling value chain by creating stronger, safer and more flexible systems, which reduces cost of repair and replacement, as well as reducing shipping costs that can be passed on to customers.


Of course, Hannibal Industries will be there, as always. This year we are proud to sponsor a key seminar. Hannibal Engineer and TobeRack inventor Andrew Kirby will explain  How new groundbreaking developments in tube rack allow for greater flexibility when encountering seismic activity, and how innovations in the materials handling industry allow for lower freight costs and reduced time-to-market for the consumer. Don’t miss this event:


How Innovation in Rack Design Helps Lower Cost and Deliver Stronger, Longer-Lasting Material Handling Solutions

Tuesday, March 18, 10:30 AM, Theater C


In addition, there are several other seminars offered, that can help you reshape and rethink your business. Some of the more highly anticipated on-floor seminars include:


 Speed is Today’s Game-Changer: How To Achieve Same-Hour Fulfillment in your DC

Monday, March 17, 10:30 AM, Theater C


Hidden Costs to Consider When Evaluating Warehouse and DC Picking Automation

Monday, March 17, 12:00 PM, Theater A


Industrial Work Platforms, Equipment Platforms, and Mezzanines

Monday, March 17, 12:45 PM, Theater H


As you can see, the obvious themes for 2014’s Modex show are: Innovation, Design, and Efficiency – three elements that are key to Hannibal’s product line.