In the U.S., Toyota Materials Handling inc., or TMHU, has been the top selling lift truck dealer since 1992. Proudly celebrating more than 40 years of operations, the Irvine, California based business provides a comprehensive line of quality lift vehicles. Resulting from their reputation of superiority, reliability, and durability, Toyota remains prevalent in this competitive market. Quality is the foundation of Toyota’s renowned Toyota Production System practiced at all manufacturing facilities, including TIEM, which is stands for Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, located in Columbus, Indiana. The bulk of the Toyota lift trucks sold in the U.S. are manufactured here.
All Toyota's manufacturing plants within Canada and the U.S. comply with the International Organization for Standardization or ISO 14001 standard. TIEM has been honored many times for its commitment to constant development, and its environmental methods. It is the first and only manufacturer to offer EPA and CARB-certified Compressed Natural Gas powered lift trucks on the market. To illustrate, the Toyota 8-Series IC lift vehicles emit 70 percent less smog forming emissions than the current centralized EPA standards and have complied with California’s strict emission standards and policies.
Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. - The Industry Leader
The head of Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Brett Wood believes that TMHU's achievement comes from its dedication to manufacture high quality lift vehicles while providing first-rate client assistance and service. “We must be able to learn and predict the needs of our customers,” said Brett Wood. “As a leader, our success also depends on our ability to address our customers’ operational, safety and environmental cost issues.” TMHU’s parent company, Toyota Industries Corporation, often known as TICO, is listed in Fortune Magazine as the world’s principal lift truck provider and is amongst the magazines impressive World’s Most Admired Companies.
New Meaning to Environmental Responsibility
Toyota Industries Corporation, as the parent company, has instilled a rich corporate doctrine of environmental stewardship in Toyota. Not a lot of other corporations and no other lift truck maker can equal Toyota’s history of protecting the natural environment while simultaneously stimulating the economy. Environmental accountability is an important aspect of corporate decision making at Toyota and they are proud to be the first and only maker to offer UL-listed, EPA- and CARB-certified Compressed Natural Gas powered lift vehicles. Yet another reason they remain a leader within the industry.
Toyota originally introduced the 8-Series line of lift trucks in 2006, again exhibiting its leadership and innovation in the industry. Featuring an exclusive emission system that eclipsed both Federal EPA emission values, and California's more environmentally friendly emission standards. The finished product is a lift vehicle that creates 70 percent fewer smog forming emissions than the present Federal standards tolerate.
Also in 2006, Toyota developed an affiliation with the Arbor Day Foundation, furthering their commitment to the environment. In excess of 57,000 trees have been planted in community parks and national forests damaged by ecological reasons such as fires, as a product of this relationship. 10,500 seedlings have also been circulated through Toyota Industrial Equipment’s system of dealers to non-profit organizations and local consumers to help sustain communities all over the United States
Toyota's lift vehicles offer enhanced durability, visibility, productivity, ergonomics, and all the foremost safety equipment that has made Toyota an industry leader. The company’s System of Active Stability, often known as “SAS”, helps reduce the chance of mishaps and injuries, and increasing productivity levels while minimizing the likelihood of merchandise and equipment damage.
System Active Stability is able to perceive circumstances that might lead to lateral volatility and possible lateral overturn. When any of these factors have been sensed, the SAS will instantly engage the Swing Lock Cylinder to re-stabilize the rear axle. This transitions the lift truck’s stability footprint from triangular in shape to rectangular, offering a major increase in stability which substantially reduces the probability of a mishap from a lateral overturn. The Active Mast Function Controller or the Active Control Rear Stabilizer also aids to avoid injuries or accidents while adding stability.
SAS was initially launched to the market on the 7-Series internal combustion models in 1999 and subsequently catapulted Toyota into the industry leader for safety. Since then, SAS has been integrated into most of Toyota’s internal combustion machines. It is standard gear on the new 8-Series. There are more than 100,000 SAS-equipped lift vehicles in operation, exceeding 450 million hours combined. The increased population of SAS-equipped trucks in the field, along with compulsory worker instruction, overturn fatalities across all designs have decreased by 13.6% since 1999. Additionally, there has been an overall 35.5% reduction in industry wide collisions, loss of control, falls and overturn from a lift truck for the same period.
Toyota's standard of excellence reaches far beyond its technological achievements. The company maintains an extensive Operator Safety Training course to help customers meet OSHA standard 1910.178. Instruction packages, videos and assorted resources, covering a wide scope of subjects—from individual safety, to OSHA policies, to surface and load conditions, are accessible through the seller network.
Toyota has sustained a continuous existence in the United States ever since its first sale. In 2009, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, produced its 350,000th lift vehicle. This fact is demonstrated by the statistic that 99% of Toyota lift trucks sold in America today are built in the United States.
TMHU is based in Columbus Indiana and houses nearly 1 million square feet of manufacturing facilities over 126 acres of property. Facilities include a National Customer Center, as well as production operations and supply centers for equipment and service components, with the total investment exceeding $113 million dollars.
The new National Customer Center was conceived to serve both dealers and consumers of TMHU. The facility includes a 360-degree showroom, a presentation theater complete with stadium seating for 32, an section for live product demonstrations with seating capacity for 120; a presentation theater; Toyota’s Hall of Fame showcasing Toyota’s story since the birth of its creator, Sakichi Toyoda, in 1867, and lastly a education center.
The NCC embodies Toyota’s dedication to providing top-notch client service. TMHU’s 68 certified Toyota Industrial Equipment, or TIE dealers, along with 189 dealership locations right through the U.S, provide the most wide-ranging and inclusive client service and support in the industry. The company’s new and Licensed Used lift trucks, service, components, and financing features make Toyota dealerships a one-stop shop to guarantee total client satisfaction.
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