General Colin Powell Added as Keynote Speaker for 2018 Material Handling & Logistics Conference

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – MAY 14, 2018 — Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announced today former Secretary of State, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), as their featured keynote speaker for the 2018 Material Handling & Logistics Conference (MHLC) in Park City, Utah, September 9–12, 2018. 

For over 50 years, Powell has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world. He began his career by joining the ROTC program while attending City College of New York and discovered his calling. He received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in 1958 and went on to serve in the United States Army for 35 years, rising to the rank of Four-Star General. 

From 1987–1989 Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor. He served from 1989–1993 as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and for President Bill Clinton, and was not only the youngest officer and first ROTC graduate to ever serve in the position, but also was the first African American to do so. During his time as chairman, he oversaw 28 crises to include the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf War. Under President George W. Bush, Powell was appointed the 65th Secretary of State, unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

“Every year we work to identify a keynote speaker who will inspire our attendees,” stated Scott Watts, Chief Executive Officer, Dematic, Americas. “General Colin Powell is a perfect fit. His extraordinary career and genuine skills as a communicator are sure to resonate with those of us who seek insights to success. We promise the evening will be a rare opportunity for all.” 

Now in its 33rd year as the premiere educational event in the supply chain industry, the 2018 MHLC will feature over 50 sessions designed by top experts to provide professionals with the tools they need to ensure success, for themselves and their companies. 

For more information regarding the 2018 Material Handling & Logistics Conference, visit, or contact Cheryl Falk, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Communications, at or (262) 860-6715. 

About Dematic
Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located around the world. Dematic is one brand under the KION Group of companies and has implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors. 

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centers. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally and a leading provider of warehouse automation. 


Press Contact:
Cheryl Falk
Sr. Vice President, Global Marketing Communications
(262) 860-6715