Since 1992, Toyota Material Handling inc., U.S.A., often known as TMHU, have been the top selling lift truck provider in the United States. This company has been headquartered out of Irvine, California for well over 40 years, offering a complete line of quality lift trucks. With a distinguished reputation of stability and reliability, Toyota lift trucks have thrived in the competitive resources handling 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.A are manufactured here.
All Toyota equipment and parts designed within North America adhere to the International Organization for Standardization or ISO 14001 standard. The Columbus TIEM plant has been honored on many occasions for its devotion to continual development and its environmentally friendly systems. It is the first and only manufacturer 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% less smog forming emissions than the existing federal EPA standards and have complied with California’s strict emission standards and regulations.
TMHU, U.S.A.- Leading the Industry
The president of Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Brett Wood believes that TMHU's success comes from its commitment to construct high quality lift vehicles while offering excellent client support 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 called TICO, is listed in Fortune Magazine as the world’s largest lift truck dealer and is amongst the magazines prominent World’s Most Admired Companies.
Redefining Environmental Accountability
Toyota Industries Corporation, as the parent company, has instilled a rich company doctrine of environmental stewardship in Toyota. Not a lot of other organizations and no other lift truck manufacturer can meet Toyota’s record of protecting the natural environment while concurrently advancing the economy. Environmental accountability is an important aspect of corporate decision making at Toyota and they are proud to be the first and only manufacturer to offer UL-listed, EPA- and CARB-certified Compressed Natural Gas powered lift trucks. Yet one more reason they remain a leader within the industry.
Toyota originally launched the 8-Series line of lift trucks in 2006, yet 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 vehicle that produces 70% less smog forming emissions than the present Federal standards allow.
Also starting in 2006, jointly with the Arbor Day Foundation, Toyota added to its commitment to the environment. To this day more than 58,000 trees have been embedded in the ground throughout national forests and local parks that were damaged by fires and other natural causes. 10,500 seedlings have also been circulated through Toyota Industrial Equipment’s system of sellers to non-profit organizations and local consumers to help sustain communities all over the United States
Toyota’s lift vehicles offer enhanced output, visibility, ergonomics and resilience, and most importantly, the industry’s leading safety technology. The company’s System of Active Stability, also referred to as “SAS”, helps lessen the possibility of incidents and accidental injuries, in addition to increasing productivity levels while minimizing the potential for product and equipment breakage.
System Active Stability senses various elements that may lead to lateral insecurity and likely lateral overturn. When one of those factors are detected, SAS instantly engages the Swing Lock Cylinder to stabilize the rear axle. This alters the lift truck’s stability footprint from triangular in shape to rectangular, offering 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 aids to prevent injuries or accidents while adding stability.
The SAS systems were originally used on the 7-Series internal combustion lift vehicles which were put on the market in 1999. These systems helped thrust Toyota into the lead for industry safety standards. Now, SAS is adopted on virtually every modern internal combustion products and is standard equipment for the new 8-Series. There are more than 100,000 SAS-equipped lift trucks in operation, exceeding 450 million hours combined. The increased population of SAS-equipped vehicles in the field, along with mandatory operator instruction, overturn fatalities across all models have decreased by 13.6% since 1999. Also, there have been an overall 35.5% fall in industry wide collisions, loss of control, falls and tip overs from a lift truck for the same period.
Toyota’s rigid values extend far beyond the technology itself. The company believes in providing extensive Operator Safety Training programs to help customers satisfy and exceed OSHA standard 1910.178. Training courses, videos and an assortment of resources, covering a wide scope of subjects—from personal safety, to OSHA regulations, to surface and load conditions, are offered through the vendor network.
Toyota's Commitment to The U.S.A.
Since the transaction of its first lift truck in the U.S. to the manufacture of its 350,000th lift truck produced in 2009 at Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, TMHU has continued a solid existence in the U.S. This fact is demonstrated by the statistic that 99% of Toyota lift trucks bought in America now are manufactured in the United States.
Based in Columbus, Ind., the Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. campus equals 998,000 square feet of facilities spanning 126 acres. Facilities include a National Customer Center, as well as manufacturing operations and distribution centers for equipment and service parts, with the whole commitment exceeding $113 million dollars.
The new National Customer Center was conceived to serve both sellers 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 founder, Sakichi Toyoda, in 1867, and lastly a training center.
First in Client Satisfaction and Service
TMHU has 68 sanctioned industrial equipment dealers, along with 189 dealership locations all through the United States, providing the most complete and inclusive customer support and customer service in the industry. The company’s new and Certified Used lift trucks, service, components, and financing features make Toyota dealerships a one-stop shop to guarantee total customer satisfaction.
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