Toyota (Irvine, Calif.), announced that its Columbus, Indiana manufacturing plant, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. (TIEM), was awarded the Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
The honor was bestowed on Toyota for its leadership in using environmental strategies in its production and decision-making processes. TIEM was recognized in the category "Five Years Continuous Improvement," which is issued to companies that have consistently implemented projects leading to significant environmental benefits.
"We are proud to be included in this distinguished list of environmentally responsible companies," said Sonny Toyoda, president of TIEM. "We work diligently to ensure that we are not just preserving, but also improving our environment. This award sends a clear message that smart business decisions also can be environmentally friendly, and it’s a message we deliver with enthusiasm and conviction."
The awards were given at the ninth annual Indiana Pollution Prevention Conference, which honors companies that use innovative environmental practices, reduce waste and contribute to the protection of Indiana’s environment.
"Toyota always has and always will take the responsible stewardship of our global environment very seriously," said Shankar Basu, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. (TMHU) and a director of TIEM. "To be honored by the state of Indiana for implementing both environmentally sound and business-forward strategies is gratifying to say the least."
TIEM's Columbus facility employs more than 800 associates and is responsible for manufacturing the majority of Toyota’s lift trucks sold in the United States, the most durable and most popular lift trucks in the industry.