Ever since 1992, Toyota Material Handling inc., U.S.A., often known as TMHU, has been the best selling lift truck provider in the United States. This company has been situated out of Irvine, California for well over 40 years, providing a comprehensive line of quality lift trucks. With an impressive reputation of durability and reliability, Toyota lift trucks have thrived in the competitive materials handling 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.A are built here.
All Toyota's manufacturing facilities within Canada and the United States 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 continual improvement and its environmentally friendly systems. It is the first and only producer to offer EPA and CARB-certified Compressed Natural Gas powered lift trucks on the market. For instance, the Toyota 8-Series IC lift trucks emit 70% fewer smog forming emissions than the current federal EPA standards and have complied with California‚??s strict emission standards and regulations.
TMHU, U.S.A.- Leading the Industry
Brett Wood, President of TMHU, links Toyota‚??s accomplishment to its strong dedication to constructing the best quality lift vehicles at the same time as delivering the utmost customer service and assistance. ‚??We must be able to learn and predict the needs of our customers,‚?Ě said Brett Wood. ‚??As a leader, our success also depends on our ability to address our customers‚?? operational, safety and environmental cost issues.‚?Ě TMHU‚??s parent company, Toyota Industries Corporation, also called TICO, is listed in Fortune Magazine as the world‚??s largest lift truck provider and is amongst the magazines impressive World‚??s Most Admired Companies.
New Meaning to Environmental Responsibility
Toyota's parent company, Toyota Industries Corporation, has imparted an excellent company philosophy 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 resource handling producer can so far rival Toyota. Environmental responsibility is an important characteristic of company decision making at Toyota and they are proud to be the first and only maker to provide UL-listed, EPA- and CARB-certified Compressed Natural Gas powered lift vehicles. Yet an added reason they remain a leader within the industry.
In 2006, Toyota introduced the 8-Series line. The 8-Series signifies both Toyota‚??s innovation and leadership in the industry. It features an exclusive emission system that surpasses Federal EPA emission values, and also meets California‚??s more involved 2010 emission standards. The end invention is a lift truck that produces 70% less smog forming emissions than the existing Federal standards tolerate.
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 state forests and neighborhood parks that were damaged by fires and other natural causes. 10,500 seedlings have also been circulated through Toyota Industrial Equipment‚??s network of dealers to non-profit organizations and local customers to help sustain communities all over the U.S.
Toyota‚??s lift vehicles provide superior productivity, visibility, ergonomics and resilience, and most notably, the industry‚??s leading safety technology. The company‚??s System of Active Stability, also known as ‚??SAS‚?Ě, helps reduce the risk of accidents and accidental injuries, and increasing productivity levels while minimizing the likelihood of merchandise and equipment breakage.
System Active Stability senses many aspects that may lead to lateral instability and possible lateral overturn. When any of those factors are detected, SAS instantly engages the Swing Lock Cylinder to stabilize the rear axle. This alters the lift truck‚??s stability trajectory from triangular in shape to rectangular, providing a major increase in stability which substantially reduces the likelihood 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 strength.
SAS was originally introduced to the market on the 7-Series internal combustion models in 1999 and subsequently catapulted Toyota into the industry leader for safety. Ever since then, SAS has been built-in to most of Toyota‚??s internal combustion models. It is standard gear on the new 8-Series. There are more than 100,000 SAS-equipped lift vehicles in action, exceeding 450 million hours combined. The increased population of SAS-equipped vehicles in the field, along with compulsory operator instruction, overturn fatalities across all models have decreased by 13.6% since 1999. Furthermore, there has been an overall 35.5% reduction in industry wide collisions, loss of control, falls and tip overs from a lift vehicle for the same period.
Toyota‚??s uncompromising standards extend far beyond the machinery itself. The company believes in offering general Operator Safety Training courses to help clients satisfy and exceed OSHA standard 1910.178. Instruction packages, videos and various resources, covering a wide scope of subjects‚??from individual safety, to OSHA rules, to surface and load situations, are accessible through the seller network.
Toyota's U.S. Commitment
Toyota has maintained a continuous presence in the United States ever since its first sale. In 2009, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, produced its 350,000th lift truck. This fact is demonstrated by the statistic that 99% of Toyota lift trucks bought in America now are built in the United States.
Situated in Columbus, Ind., the Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. campus equals 998,000 square feet of facilities across 126 acres. Facilities include a National Customer Center, as well as production operations and distribution centers for equipment and service components, with the entire investment exceeding $113 million dollars.
The new NCC was designed to function for TMHU customers and dealers. 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 originator, Sakichi Toyoda, in 1867, and lastly a training center.
Leader in Customer Service and Satisfaction
The NCC embodies Toyota‚??s commitment to providing top-notch consumer service. TMHU‚??s 68 authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment, or TIE dealers, along with 189 dealership locations all over the U.S, present the most comprehensive and inclusive client service and support in the industry. The company‚??s new and Certified Used lift vehicles, service, parts, and financing capabilities make Toyota dealerships a one-stop shop to ensure total client satisfaction.
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