About Us

About Us

Material Handling Solutions is a nationally recognized supply chain engineering company delivering solutions that optimize new and existing facilities for world-class clients. With corporate headquarters in Savannah, Ga. the team has over 50 years of combined experience in the manufacturing and material handling industry. They are dedicated professionals with a solid team culture built on core values and they believe that working with their clients to design and implement a system that all can be proud of is “Golden”.

Leadership Team

Bob Rice


Bob started his material handling career in 1981 with Rapistan as a Systems Engineer and then as a Project Engineer. During his time there, he was responsible for supervising electrical and mechanical crews during commissioning of major conveyor systems for fortune 500 companies. He also gained experience in the material handling industry through work at Litton UHS, vonGAL Palletizers, and HK Systems with positions related to the design and sales of palletizing and conveyor systems.

Bob founded Material Handling Solutions in 2000 with a vision of providing companies with quality turnkey solutions. Having worked for material handling equipment manufacturers for many years he was equipped to better serve current and future clients by offering hardware from several manufacturers, rather than the offerings of just one. This “Best of Breed” approach allows Material Handling Solutions to precisely tailor designs that best meet the client’s needs.

“Material Handling Solutions acts as an extension of your technical resources, with a goal to become a trusted partner to improve the material flow through your plants and warehouses. We like being a part of the “team” to help you achieve your goals, says Bob Rice. In today’s business environment, companies want to communicate with people who have technical expertise and will grasp the problems quickly without having the “I’ll have to consult the office and get back to you” experience. For that reason we do not use sales people, instead we put experienced technical people in front of our clients “right out of the gate.” This philosophy is successful, creates valued client relationships and repeat business.”

David Massengale


David is a licensed engineer who first worked at Litton/Western Atlas as an Engineer and Project Manager where he was responsible for multi-million dollar projects. He then moved into Sales with HK Systems and during the next 9 years became an award winning sales representative by applying his engineering background to not only provide the client with product, but by making sure that it was the right system for the application. At Peach State Integrated Technologies, David spent the next 8 years expanding their portfolio into the manufacturing industry through end of line automation systems. In the fall of 2008, David joined Top Tier Inc. where he was responsible for starting a turnkey system division where multiple designs were implemented across numerous facilities. In 2013, Bob Rice recognized that David’s greatest asset is designing systems based upon engineering and experience and asked him to join the executive team at Material Handling Solutions.

“I am very proud to be part of Material Handling Solutions, says David. Bob Rice has created a wonderful company that always puts the client first while applying the best simple solutions and designs. Material Handling Solutions is a great environment to work in as each person is given room to be creative and provide the absolute best solutions without compromising on safety, quality, and reliability. That allows me to work with our team to design, engineer, and implement the most optimum solutions possible.”

Company History

Material Handling Solutions has had the pleasure of partnering with a range of companies that include:

  • Coca Cola Bottling
  • Honeywell Friction Materials
  • Interbake Foods
  • CSM Bakery Products
  • Graphic Packaging International
  • Carter’s
  • Pactiv
  • Mohawk Industries
  • General Electric
  • Faribault Foods
  • General Mills
  • Federal Mogul
  • ConAgra
  • Sara Lee

Our Core Values

While individual creativity is always encouraged, we have found that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” By sharing knowledge, expertise and best practices, our team knows that by working together, the services we provide to our clients produce the best results.
The dedication of our people to our clients is unsurpassed in the industry. Being dedicated to doing the best job possible takes precedence in all aspects of our business.
We make it a point to perform at the highest level for our clients in all aspects of a project. We constantly strive to anticipate the rapidly changing needs that our clients experience and provide the best solutions possible.
We are here for our clients and pride ourselves in responding in the way our clients expect. In person, on the phone, and by utilizing the latest technology to stay in touch.

We're here to help meet the needs of the material handling industry.

With over 50 years of combined experience in the material handling industry, Material Handling Solutions has learned that every project is a partnership that produces results. As automation engineers and system suppliers, we strive to ensure every detail is reviewed and the system provides success to our client’s goals.