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Toyota Material Handling Receives Manufacturing Excellence Award for Community Impact

TMH associates accept award for contributions to customers and community

The Indiana Manufacturers Association presented Toyota Material Handling with the Manufacturing Excellence Award for Community Impact on October 18. (Pictured L-R: Rachel Osting, Indiana Manufacturers Association Vice Chair; Tony Miller, Toyota Material Handling Senior Vice President of Operations, Engineering & Strategic Planning; Danielle Nickerson, Toyota Material Handling Corporate Social Responsibility Manager; Brian Burton, President & CEO of Indiana Manufacturers Association)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (October 23, 2023) Toyota Material Handling, (TMH), the North American leader in material handling innovation, received the 2023 Manufacturing Excellence Award for Community Impact during the Indiana Manufacturers Association's (IMA) Hall of Fame Luncheon last week at Indianapolis’ Bitwell Event Center. The awards, given annually by the IMA, recognize manufacturers that make important contributions to the customers and communities they serve and set an example for other companies to follow.


Toyota Material Handling was selected from a large group of applicants for showing exemplary leadership and a strong commitment to community service as reflected in its company policy, resources and employee participation.


“At Toyota, we believe it is our responsibility to contribute to society in meaningful ways and make a real difference in the communities in which we live and work,” said Tony Miller, Toyota Material Handling Senior Vice President of Operations, Engineering & Strategic Planning. “We take that responsibility seriously, and it’s an honor to be recognized with this award by the IMA. I’d like to thank every one of our associates for their unwavering commitment to making our community a better place. This award is not about the contributions of a few; it’s only possible because of the efforts of everyone at Toyota. We will always seek opportunities to invest in the communities we serve and dedicate our time and resources to continuously improve the lives of those around us.”


Corporate social responsibility is integral to Toyota’s culture. Toyota has cultivated numerous community-focused relationships, including corporate partnerships with the American Red Cross, United Way and Anchor House, a local nonprofit focusing on investing in neighbors through housing, employment resources and nutritional assistance. Throughout the year, Toyota sponsors and organizes volunteer activities on and off Toyota's campus. In 2022, Toyota associates donated 12,000 hours of their time to support local organizations, contributing to a total economic impact of $750,000.


“We instituted the Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame Awards in 2015 to help bring awareness and recognition to the many positive contributions of Hoosier manufacturers, and added the Manufacturing Excellence Awards in 2019 to focus and honor companies in specific areas of achievement,” said IMA President and CEO Brian Burton. “We congratulate Toyota Material Handling for their outstanding work and continued dedication to making Indiana manufacturing a positive and driving force for the state.”


Manufacturing continues to be one of the highest-paying industry sectors in the state, accounting for nearly 30% of Indiana’s total output and employing approximately 20% of its workforce. Learn more about Toyota’s dedication to serving Indiana communities and the manufacturing industry at ToyotaForklift.com, or explore opportunities to join the Toyota team here.

About Toyota Material Handling


Toyota Material Handling offers material handling products and solutions, including forklifts, reach trucks, order pickers, pallet jacks, container handlers, automated guided vehicles, and tow tractors, along with aerial work platforms, fleet management services, and advanced automation engineering and design. Toyota’s commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 230 locations across North America. With access to an industry-leading lineup of material handling products, Toyota dealers are uniquely positioned to help solve wide-ranging challenges in warehousing and distribution. Built for every application, Toyota can provide the most complete set of solutions for material handling, automation, energy, advanced logistics, and warehouse optimization. For more information or to learn more, visit ToyotaForklift.com.



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