Toyota Material Handling (Irvine, Calif.) marked the production of its 250,000th lift truck today at the Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) plant in Columbus, Ind. Toyota dealer Al Rawson, president of Atlas Toyota Material Handling and chairman of Toyota's National Dealer Advisory Council, was presented with the 250,000th lift truck.
|Sonny Toyoda, president of TIEM (far left); Al Rawson, president of Atlas Toyota Material Handling and chairman of Toyota’s National Dealer Advisory Council; Shankar Basu, president and CEO of TMHU; and Tatsuo Matsuura, executive vice president and COO of TMG celebrate the production of the Columbus, Ind., facility’s 250,000th lift truck, a four-wheel, internal combustion, cushion tire model.|
The company reports that the majority of lift trucks sold in the United States by Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) are manufactured at the Columbus facility. The first lift truck rolled off the line at the factory in 1990. Since then, the plant has grown six-fold from its initial employment to nearly 800 associates, increased production more than 10-fold and tripled in physical size.
"Toyota remains committed to serving the North American market," said Shankar Basu, TMHU president and CEO. "We thank our customers, dealers and associates who have helped Toyota achieve this important milestone. We look forward to working together to celebrate the 500,000th lift truck."
Source: Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.