Ever since 1992, Toyota Material Handling inc., U.S.A., also referred to as TMHU, continues to be the top selling lift truck dealer in the United States. Proudly celebrating more than 40 years of service, the Irvine, California established business offers a wide-ranging line of quality lift vehicles. Thanks to their reputation of superiority, reliability, and resilience, Toyota remains popular in this competitive market. Quality is the keystone of Toyota’s legendary 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 built here.
Every one of Toyota's manufacturing plants within Canada and the U.S. comply with the International Organization for Standardization or ISO 14001 standard. The Columbus TIEM plant has been honored on many occasions for its commitment to continuous development and its environmentally friendly systems. It is the first and only maker to offer EPA and CARB-certified Compressed Natural Gas powered lift trucks on the market. For instance, the Toyota 8-Series IC lift vehicles emit 70 percent fewer smog forming emissions than the current federal EPA standards and have complied with California’s strict emission standards and regulations.
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 commitment to manufacture high quality lift trucks at the same time as providing excellent 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, also referred to as TICO, is listed in Fortune Magazine as the world’s biggest lift truck provider and is among the magazines prestigious World’s Most Admired Companies.
New Meaning to Environmental Responsibility
Toyota's parent company, Toyota Industries Corporation, has imparted an exceptional corporate principles towards environmental conservancy within Toyota. Toyota's rich history of environmental protection whilst retaining economic viability cannot be matched by other corporations and unquestionably no other materials handling producer can so far rival Toyota. Environmental accountability is an important characteristic of corporate decision making at Toyota and they are proud to be the first and only producer to provide 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 vehicles 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 end product is a lift truck that produces 70% less smog forming emissions than the existing Federal standards allow.
What's more in 2006, Toyota established a relationship with the Arbor Day Foundation, furthering their dedication to the environment. More than 57,000 trees have been planted in regional parks and national forests damaged by ecological reasons such as fires, as a result of this partnership. 10,500 seedlings have also been spread through Toyota Industrial Equipment’s system of dealers to non-profit organizations and local customers to help sustain communities all over the United States
Toyota’s lift trucks offer better output, visibility, ergonomics and durability, and most notably, the industry’s leading safety technology. The company’s System of Active Stability, also called “SAS”, helps lessen the chance of accidents and injuries, in addition to increasing productivity levels while minimizing the likelihood of product and equipment damage.
System Active Stability senses several conditions that may lead to lateral instability and potential lateral overturn. When one of those factors are detected, SAS instantaneously engages the Swing Lock Cylinder to stabilize the rear axle. This alters the lift truck’s stability footprint from triangular in shape to rectangular, providing a major increase in stability which substantially reduces the probability of an accident from a lateral overturn. The Active Mast Function Controller or the Active Control Rear Stabilizer also helps to avoid injuries or accidents while adding stability.
The SAS systems were originally adopted on the 7-Series internal combustion lift trucks which were put on the market in 1999. These systems helped propel Toyota into the lead for industry safety standards. Now, SAS is used on virtually every new internal combustion products and is standard equipment for 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 training, overturn fatalities across all designs have decreased by 13.6% since 1999. Additionally, there have been an overall 35.5% decrease 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 curriculum to help consumers meet OSHA standard 1910.178. Education packages, video lessons and assorted materials, covering a broad scope of matters—from personal safety, to OSHA policies, to surface and cargo conditions, are offered through the seller network.
Since the sale of its first lift truck in the U.S. to the manufacture of its 350,000th lift vehicle produced in 2009 at Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, TMHU has continued a unbroken existence in the U.S. This reality is demonstrated by the statistic that 99% of Toyota lift trucks bought in America today are built in the United States.
TMHU is based in Columbus Indiana and houses nearly 1 million square feet of production facilities over 126 acres of land. Facilities include a National Customer Center, as well as manufacturing operations and distribution centers for equipment and service components, with the total commitment exceeding $113 million dollars.
The contemporary NCC was designed to function for TMHU customers and sellers. The facility includes a 360-degree display room, a presentation theater complete with stadium seating for 32, an area for live merchandise demonstrations with seating capability for 120; a presentation theater; Toyota’s Hall of Fame showcasing Toyota’s history since the birth of its originator, Sakichi Toyoda, in 1867, and lastly a training center.
The NCC embodies Toyota’s commitment to providing top-notch consumer service. TMHU’s 68 sanctioned Toyota Industrial Equipment, or TIE dealers, along with 189 dealership locations all through the U.S, present the most wide-ranging and inclusive client service and support in the industry. The company’s new and Certified Used lift trucks, service, components, and financing capabilities make Toyota dealerships a one-stop shop to guarantee total client satisfaction.
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