01/18/17

TOYOTA MATERIAL HANDLING RECEIVES MOST VALUABLE SUPPLIER AWARD FROM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

COLUMBUS, Ind. (Jan. 18, 2017) - Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), the world’s leading brand of material handling equipment, has earned the prestigious MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for 2017. The MVS Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association). This is the second year that Toyota Material Handling has earned this industry award created to recognize companies that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees and their community.

To qualify for the MVS Award, Toyota was required to meet a series of criteria in a number of areas important to the distributor companies who do business with them. In addition to confirming an on-going commitment to safety, MVS Award winners have demonstrated an overall commitment to business excellence by documenting programs in the following areas:  industry advocacy, distributor advocacy, business networking, continuing education and business best practices.

“At Toyota, we are committed to continuous improvement in all areas of our business to provide the best experience possible for our customers, dealers and associates,” said TMHU President Jeff Rufener. “Our approach is part of what keeps Toyota the number one choice in the industry for forklifts and material handling equipment. We are honored to be recognized by MHEDA for that commitment,” said Rufener.

“MHEDA members represent the best of our industry; and those who earn the MVS Award have documented that excellence and commitment to their dealers, community, employees and the material handling industry,” said Scott Lee, MHEDA’s 2017 Chairman of the Board and President of Schaumburg, Illinois-based Conveyor Solutions, Inc. “MHEDA is very proud of our MVS Award winners.”

About Toyota Industrial Equipment

Proudly manufactured in the United States, Toyota Industrial Equipment offers a full line of material handling solutions including forklifts, automated guided vehicles, fleet management services and tow tractors. Toyota’s commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 220 locations in North America. For more information, visit www.ToyotaForklift.com.

About MHEDA

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor.  MHEDA represents close to 650 companies in the material handling equipment business. Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices.  For more information, visit www.mheda.org.

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