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An MMI Installation: Child Care Center for Google

Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one. That's the stated philosophy of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google founders. One look at the corporate headquarters and you understand how Google management live their mission.

Google employees are treated to free breakfast, free lunch, free dry cleaning, free car wash. And at their locations in Southern and Northern California, they now have free child care.

The child-size maple furniture in the mirror-image centers was manufactured by Community Playthings of Chester, New York. It was all moved to the Google locations by MMI. Our installation teams then put together all of the furniture and equipment on site. When our team left, everything was fully installed, ready for children to use.

The Northern California site houses 540 Google employees. At the Southern California location, 375 people are employed.

Google was chosen by Fortune magazine as one of the hundred best companies to work for in 2008.

Child Care Center Hoag Memorial

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach,
CA is committed to providing a family-friendly environment for their employees. The institution is recognized as a leading hospital in California, renowned for its excellence, specialized health care services, and exceptional physicians and staff.

An important part of maintaining that staff is providing a child care center right on the hospital campus, for employees' children. Material Management International, Inc. was chosen as the firm to deliver the children's furniture and equipment to the new facility, and handle the full installation.

The new center will look like a traditional school with classroom space that opens to a community courtyard. The playgrounds will have age-appropriate play equipment. There will also be a larger multi-purpose space to accommodate parent education and events.

The new center will have capacity for 152 children, the center will accommodate after-school and summer programs for elementary school children through age twelve.

Installation at Green School

MMI completed an installation this year at the FIO360 Eco Early Care and Learning Boutique in the Atlantic Station community in Atlanta, GA. The unique early learning center is a place where children are poised to become well-rounded and promise-filled individuals.

Explaining the philosophy of the school, a spokesperson says, "Our very name conveys our philosophy of partnering with families in the care and education of children. Our core features demonstrate a commitment to establishing a progressive family center that embodies-as does the 360 circle (the school's symbol) - wholeness, connectedness and the ever-evolving cycle of life development. Some call this "whole-child development." We simply call it child care as it should be."

The children's furniture installed was manufactured by Community Playthings of Chester, NY, one of the foremost producers of children's furniture.

This is the first eco-friendly child care facility in the United States. As such, it is attracting a lot of attention from authorities and the media alike. Everything is organic and earth-friendly. MMI had to become familiar with new practices that totally meet the "green" aspects of this facility.

The Center features natural advanced learning practices and pyramid learning programs.

From Illinois to Ohio

Nishida machinery was sending a massive piece of equipment from Illinois to Ohio. This was a very precarious run. The move required the services of a rigging company and professional installation.


MMI was called on, due to its reputation for success with a turn-key operation. We handled the transport, unpacked the machinery at its new site and carefully installed the machinery according to the owner's specifications.

MMI is one of the few transportation intermediaries in America who can handle every aspect of such an installation from beginning to end.

Engineer Moves Heavy Haul

MMI's Bruce Michelsen recently visited customers of the Specialized Transport Division of MMI. Bruce arranges transport of heavy and over-sized machinery and equipment, throughout North America and worldwide. His recent visits covered customers in the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Bruce, a degreed civil engineer, assists in determining the type of equipment best suited for the specialized moves to be made by his clients. He is often involved from the time the client first considers the project, sometimes even from the bidding stage.

Logistically, these moves require much planning and foresight to have the equipment arrive safely at the customer's site. Equipment delivery, for instance, may have to be timed in collaboration with construction plans. Bruce handles regulatory requirements, rate negotiation, classification and any other special requirements.

Transport of heavy equipment is particularly tricky and at the mercy of each state's heavy haul permit office which determines the specific route and escort requirements.

For direct access to the Specialized Transport Division of MMI, call 1-800-242-8560, extension 13 or email: bmichelson@shipmmi.com.

MMI Prepares for Nike Kids

Known throughout the world for their endorsement by top athletes, Nike is a leader in corporate child care as well. Their world headquarters in Beaverton, OR has a state-of-the-art facility for 200 children of employees with a back-up center for 28. This fall, a third child development center was added. This one will care for 300 infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

The facility was equipped with furniture and play pieces manufactured by Community Playthings and transported to the site by Material Management International, Inc. Our installation crews assembled furniture in every room, creating a turn-key operation for the full-time Nike employees who are caregivers and teachers at the facility. The job was supervised personally onsite by MMI President John McKenna, CTB and Sales Manager Brian Hoffman.

A Nike spokesperson explained, "Kids are at the heart of our unique curriculum that emphasizes secure, long-term relationships with teachers and friends. We provide plenty of opportunity for project work and introduce children to music, swimming, Spanish, and, most importantly, sports."

Hauling Big for Koch for 12 Years

It's been 12 years since Koch Modular Process Systems, LLC first contacted the Heavy Haul Division of MMI to move for them. Koch modules are always formidable - large and heavy. They always need special permits and lots of attention. The Koch folks had come to the right place! Operations Manager Bruce Michelson handled their transport then, as he does now, providing personal attention to the special-needs process.

This latest project consisted of 24 process or stair modules shipping from four different vendors to AE Polysilicon in Morrisville, PA. Twenty two of the modules have now been delivered. The balance will be road bound before the end of this year.

Discussing the intricacies of heavy haul, Michelson notes, "You have to make sure the correct trailer is used to suit the module's design; i.e., all designed support points are properly supported on the trailer.

"The tractor/trailer and freight combination must have the correct axle weight requirements for each state through which the load travels. Otherwise permits might not be issued. In some cases, pre-route surveys are physically done to insure safety, assuring that the load will not hit bridge abutments and can make all the turns safely."

Michelson is a licensed engineer who applies his professional skills daily to assure the safe and secure delivery of giant cargo.

1,740 Miles Hauling 90 Foot Load

Last spring, our front page story was about one of the largest, weightiest moves ever made by the Heavy Haul Division of MMI. It was the steel frame for a module that we moved from the fabricator in Sarnia, ON to the final fabrication shop in Richburg, SC.

That was only half of the story.

At the second location, vessels were installed, along with piping, instrumentation, grating, platforms and other equipment.

Pictured above is one of the last modules going from the final fabrication in SC to its final destination in Morrisville, PA. The module measures 91'-9 x 15'-2 x 12'-10 and weighs 165,000 lbs. Total length of the trailer and module combined is 170' .

You can just imagine the details required to move this modular from its origin in Canada, to South Carolina and then on to Pennsylvania. The entire trip was some 1,740 routed miles. It was guided every step of the way by MMI Operations Manager Bruce Michelsen. This finished module was one of the largest MMI has ever transported.

Schoolhouse Installations

Summer has been a busy time for MMI, preparing for the new school year.
A major client in the children's school furniture and equipment business has our company do their freight, installations and project management throughout North America.

In September, we'll handle all three responsibilities for schools in Williamstown, MA and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

On the July 4th holiday, Sales Manager Brian Hoffman flew to Arizona to personally supervise the installation of furniture at a school in Prescott, AZ. We call that dedication.

Other summer installations included schools in San Marcos, CA, Columbia, SC, Newport Beach, CA, Bethesda, MD, Cambridge, MA, Boston, MA, Atlanta, GA. and San Francisco, CA.

MMI also handles international shipping of the popular line of children's school furniture. In August, we started shipping containers of the furniture to U.S. ports for distribution to U.S. Military Bases overseas.

"Our work for this company is typical of the well-rounded service offered to MMI clients," stated Hoffman, "We are providing our client with the kind of versatility that they have come to expect from MMI."


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