Economic Champion Spotlight: U.S. Materials Handling

Posted on May 2, 2022

US Materials Handling

U.S. Materials Handling (USMH) is a family-owned business that recently transitioned to the third and fourth generation of family ownership. The company was founded in 1956 by Robert and Erma Payne in Utica, New York; growing from a small, two-person operation to a multi-location full line materials handling company operated by their three sons, Robert, Jr., Jon and Michael. In 2021, they sold the business to Jon’s son-in-law, Shaun O’Brien, and his son, Shane.

USMH provides sales, service, rentals and parts for forklifts, racking, cranes, conveyors and anything needed to outfit and operate a company’s manufacturing, distribution, warehousing or other business with materials handling needs.

With new ownership comes new enthusiasm and renewed energy for business growth. USMH has been helping customers lift it, move it and store it for 66 years and is excited to continue growing well into the 21st century.

With hundreds of customers across the state and many more across the country and the world, USMH’s growth has created open positions in its Syracuse, Utica and Albany locations. Learn more at

Solvay Bank Sponsor

Economic Champion Spotlight, presented by Solvay Bank, features CenterState CEO member companies that are achieving growth and success by adding jobs, expanding their products or services, gaining national recognition or contributing to the success of the region in special ways.

Member Spotlight

Strategic Communications at CenterState CEO
Member Spotlight | 07/01/2024

Strategic Communications

Strategic Communications has been serving businesses in Central New York and across Upstate New York since 2004.

housing visions spotlight
Member Spotlight | 06/03/2024

Housing Visions

Housing Visions is a nonprofit developer, general contractor, and property manager with a mission to be the catalyst for sustainable positive change in neighborhoods through real estate development and community collaboration.

interior innovations office space
Member Spotlight | 04/30/2024

Interior Innovations

Interior Innovations helps corporations, educational facilities and health care facilities enhance employee productivity through creative space planning and practical, cost-effective furniture solutions.

Healthy Alliance Photo
Member Spotlight | 04/01/2024

Healthy Alliance

Healthy Alliance is transforming how health care is delivered, shifting focus from singular medical interventions to a more proactive approach that addresses the whole needs of a person on a much larger scale.

Emergent Offices
Member Spotlight | 03/04/2024


Emergent, a Syracuse-based leadership development firm, continues to raise the consciousness and performance of leaders in Central New York and beyond.

Eastern Security Services Building
Member Spotlight | 01/31/2024

Eastern Security Services

Eastern Security Services is the leading provider of professionally-monitored burglary alarm, fire alarm, video surveillance, access control, and intercom systems in CNY.

Loretto Employees
Member Spotlight | 01/02/2024


Loretto is a leader in comprehensive health care services in Central New York, as the fourth largest health care provider and the sixth largest employer in the region.

Syracuse Crunch
Member Spotlight | 11/30/2023

The Syracuse Crunch

The Syracuse Crunch were founded in 1994 by Howard Dolgon and are currently celebrating their 30th season.

FustCharles office
Member Spotlight | 11/01/2023


Regional accounting firm FustCharles has provided accounting, audit, tax and advisory services to businesses, not-for-profit organizations and individual clients for more than 35 years.