Toyota-Success-Story-300x200Toyota Material Handling, Inc. (TMH) is the No. 1 selling lift truck in North America for the last decade. On April 12, 2012, TMH announced that it would relocate its headquarters from Irvine, CA, to its satellite location in Columbus, IN, where it previously employed 53 persons in offices connected to Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc., an award-winning, zero landfill manufacturing facility where the majority of Toyota lift trucks sold in North America are built.

“Bringing all TMH associates under one roof will allow us to be more responsive to customer and dealer needs,” said Jeff Rufener, TMH president. Being on the Columbus campus with our forklift plant will result in more synergies and improved communications between sales and marketing and manufacturing.”

Toyota’s Columbus, Indiana, campus totals more than 1 million square feet (92,900 m2) of facilities sitting on 126 acres. To accommodate the relocation of the headquarters operations, construction of an expanded 21,400 s.f. (1,988 m2) office facility broke ground December 4, 2012. When complete, combined TMHU HQ and Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg (TIEM) forklift plant will employ 1,000 Toyota associates.

When announcing the HQ relocation, the company news release referenced several of Columbus, Indiana’s national rankings (see story here). The relocation to the favorable business environment of Columbus, Indiana is part of a larger Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) global vision. TICO, the parent company of TMHU, conducted similar relocations to align sales and marketing with manufacturing plants in Takahama, Japan, and Mjölby, Sweden.

As of January 1, 2020 Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing and Toyota Material Handling USA have integrated into a single business unit.

The new company will be called Toyota Material Handling, Inc. Company officials said the business will remain in Columbus and report directly to Toyota Material Handling North America. President and CEO Jeff Rufener and Senior Vice President Tony Miller will lead Toyota Material Handling, Inc.

About Toyota Material Handling, Inc.

Celebrating over 50 years of established operations, TMHU is the supplier for the No. 1 selling lift truck in North America since 2002. In addition to the full line of high-quality lift trucks sold under the Toyota brand, the company’s extended industrial equipment solutions include Automated Guided Vehicles and tow tractors.

Quality is the hallmark of the Toyota Production System practiced at all Toyota manufacturing facilities, including Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM), a zero-landfill facility in Columbus, Ind. TIEM, named a 2011 North American Best Plant by IndustryWeek magazine, is a member of the National Safety Council, complies with the ISO 14001 standard from the International Organization for Standardization and has produced more than 400,000 Toyota lift trucks since its opening in 1990.

Toyota’s commitment to excellence in customer service extends throughout the U.S. and Canada. With more than 70 authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers and more than 220 dealership locations throughout North America, Toyota dealers offer comprehensive customer service and support, including one-stop shopping for both new and used lift trucks, rentals, parts and service, fleet servicing and financing. For more information on TMHU, please visit or or call 1-800-226-0009.