Toyota Material Handling to Open Testing Center

Toyota Material Handling to Open Energy R&D Center

March 15, 2024
The center will develop advanced energy storage solutions.

A new advanced energy storage solutions development, prototyping and test center will open in Henrietta, New York. The center will be owned by Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA), which is comprised of two main companies, Toyota Material Handling and The Raymond Corp.


The research and development center will allow TMHNA to collaborate with Rochester area energy storage resources to further support its own and Toyota Industries’ advanced energy solutions technology efforts, including lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells. 


The center, which is expected to be operational in the spring, will add 40 new jobs. Currently, TMHNA employs 2,560 workers statewide.

“We are honored to contribute to the growth of this community while advancing innovation in sustainable technology, said Brett Wood, president and CEO of TMHNA and senior executive officer at Toyota Industries Group, in a statement. “This initiative signifies our commitment to excellence and underscores our dedication to environmental stewardship. Through this venture, we aim to create new jobs, empowering individuals and driving progress toward a better and brighter future.”

The total project cost has been placed at a little more than $2 million.

Empire State Development is assisting the company with the project by providing up to $1.5 million through the performance-based Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit program. County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency and Greater Rochester Enterprise also provided support for the venture.

“The Town of Henrietta is excited that Toyota will have a presence in town working on innovative technologies regarding sustainable energy efforts,” said Henrietta Town Supervisor Stephen Schultz, in a statement. Henrietta has made a significant push for sustainable energy, including upgrading all of its streetlights to energy-efficient LED lamps, a project that is currently underway. Henrietta also is home to RIT and its Battery Prototyping Center, which also works in close collaboration with Empire State Development. Between Toyota, RIT, and energy research companies, Henrietta and Monroe County are becoming hubs for leading the way to a cleaner energy future.”

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