Toyota Canada Industrial Equipment

Toyota Canada Industrial Equipment

December 15, 2010 15:14 ET

Toyota Lift Truck Manufacturer Named "Top Plant" by Plant Engineering Magazine

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2010) - Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM) was named the 2010 "Top Plant" by Plant Engineering magazine. TIEM, the Columbus, Indiana-based facility, which produces the number one selling lift truck in the Canada, is the only manufacturer selected for this year's honor.

Plant Engineering's "Top Plant," now in its sixth year, is among the industry's most distinguished awards for innovation in manufacturing. It is bestowed only to those manufacturers that achieve outstanding operational results—recognizing best practices in plant management, safety, productivity and efficiency to meet the challenges of an evolving global manufacturing environment.

"The entire Toyota team can be proud of this achievement," said Rob Reinders, director of Toyota Canada Industrial Equipment Division. "From our perspective, this award confirms that the lift trucks we sell in Canada are manufactured at a facility that raises the bar, and does so year after year."

TIEM designs, manufactures and supplies Toyota lift trucks and replacement parts associated with industrial lift trucks and tow tractors, along with the assembly of motor vehicle parts and accessories. Today, nearly 80 percent of all Toyota lift trucks sold in North America are produced at TIEM.

"We're pleased to honor the Toyota forklift facility with the 2010 Top Plant award," said Bob Vavra, editor of Plant Engineering magazine. "Our editorial staff analyzed 24 pages of meticulous data, which clearly outlined the quantifiable measures that TIEM has put in place to achieve efficient automation processes while steadily improving its tremendous safety and environmental record. TIEM has demonstrated continuous incremental improvement during the last two decades. Their work sets a high standard of manufacturing excellence."

 TIEM was selected based on a number of manufacturing successes including:

  • Achievement of a "zero" landfill facility by shifting to a waste-to-energy facility; implementing recycling programs throughout the facility; and recovering all materials that are recyclable. All proceeds from the recycling programs are donated to children's medical charities.
  • Implementing an energy reduction program designed to reduce the carbon footprint of TIEM. In 2008, for example, TIEM achieved a 35.7 percent reduction in electrical usage and a 21.5 percent reduction in natural gas usage. Overall, TIEM reduced the facility's carbon footprint by almost 4,000 tons of CO2 in 2008.
  • As a result of regular associate and plant-wide OSHA and risk-assessment training sessions, safety incidents have been reduced by more than 65 percent and the ergonomic recordable rate by nearly 90 percent.
  • Incorporating a Total Plant Maintenance (TPM) program that reduced emergency repairs from 14% of total maintenance in 2008 to just 11% in 2009 and enabled the cost per hour of downtime to be cut by 10% in the same period.
  • TIEM's 19 maintenance associates are tasked with checking hydraulic tank levels, cleaning filters, verifying lights working, etc. However, associates throughout the plant assist with maintenance. This program helps associates effectively monitor and maintain nearly 4,000 pieces of equipment throughout the plan. 

This achievement is highlighted in Plant Engineering's December issue.

About Toyota Canada Industrial Equipment

Established in 1970, Toyota Canada Inc., headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, is ISO 14001 certified and is the only major lift truck supplier to have an office in Canada dedicated to supporting the Canadian market. Toyota Canada Industrial Equipment offers an extensive line of cushion tire and pneumatic tire internal combustion and electric forklifts with lifting capacities of up to 15,880 kg (35,000 lbs). Built on a reputation for excellence in quality, reliability and durability, Toyota is the best-selling brand of lift trucks in the world. For parts needs, a Canadian Parts Distribution Centre located in Scarborough, Ontario, houses an extensive inventory with a 96 per cent first-time fill rate.

Toyota's commitment to customer service extends nationwide. Thirty-two authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment Dealer facilities located throughout Canada offer comprehensive customer support including one-stop shopping for lift trucks, genuine Toyota parts and Toyota University accredited service technicians. For additional information about Toyota Lift Trucks, visit

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