As part of Combilift’s 25th-anniversary celebrations, the Irish materials handling specialist announced that it is donating its 75,000th truck, an Aisle Master articulated forklift, to Convoy of Hope, a non-profit humanitarian and disaster relief organization.

Combilift employees gather around the company’s 75,000th truck as it comes off the manufacturing line. The truck, an Aisle Master, is being donated to Convoy of Hope.

“The work that Convoy of Hope does is invaluable to relieve suffering around the world, and we wanted to make our own contribution by donating our 75,000th truck to this very worthwhile charity,” said Combilift’s CEO and co-founder Martin McVicar.

Convoy of Hope works to alleviate poverty and hunger and to bring help and hope wherever they are most needed in the world. As this type of aid is always in demand, operational expansion has also seen a corresponding increase in the requirement for warehousing capacity to accommodate the volume of supplies that are stored and ready for delivery to areas in need. The organization’s “World Distribution Center” is in Springfield, Mo., and it is from this location that truckloads of relief supplies and food are shipped across the USA and around the world.

Combilift supplied its first Aisle Master for this site four years ago, and a further three units were delivered last year.

The donation announcement was made at a gala dinner in Chicago during the ProMat trade fair.

“We are so grateful that Combilift and Martin and the whole team have actually given us one of these trucks for our operations. This is going to help people for years – and ensure that every day someone in the world will receive aid – and that brings hope,” said Erick Meier, senior vice president of supply chain at Convoy of Hope.