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COLUMBUS, Ind. (April 2, 2014) – Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) recently announced the 2013 winners of its prestigious President’s Award. TMHU selects its top dealers, representing approximately the top 20 percent of the dealer body, each year from its North American network of dealers, recognizing them for demonstrating excellence in parts, service and equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall dealership operations. This year, 15 winners earned the coveted award and were acknowledged at Toyota’s National Dealer Meeting in Palm Springs at the La Quinta Resort & Club.

“Toyota’s President Award represents the highest caliber of work performed on behalf of our distinguished network body,” said Jeff Rufener, president of TMHU. “We congratulate this year’s President’s Award winners for their ongoing commitment to delivering excellence in sales, customer service and aftermarket support.”

The 2013 honorees are:

Allied Toyotalift, Knoxville, Tenn. – Russ Sharpe

Atlas Toyota Material Handling, Schiller Park, Ill. – Al Rawson

Brodie Toyota-Lift, Lawrence, Mass. – Ron McCluskey

Conger Toyotalift, Green Bay, Wis. – Anika Conger-Capelle

Hull Toyota Lift, Elkhart, Ind. – Robert Hull and Brian Hull

Jefferds Corporation, St. Albans, W.Va.- Richard Sinclair

ProLift Industrial Equipment, Louisville, Ky. – David Graffy

Southwest Material Handling, Inc., Mira Loma, Calif. – Kirt Little

Summit ToyotaLift, North Haven, Conn. – Lawrence T. McKevitt

The Lilly Company, Memphis, Tenn. – Joe Clark

Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta, Scottdale, Ga. – Lee Smith

Toyota-Lift of Los Angeles, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. – Shankar Basu

Toyota-Lift of Minnesota, Brooklyn Park, Minn. – Les Nielsen

Toyota Lift of South Texas, San Antonio, Texas – Leslie Doggett and Ken Townsend

W.D. Matthews Machinery Co., Auburn, Maine – Scott B. Plummer

The President’s Award, TMHU’s highest honor, has been awarded to select dealers since its inception in 1990 to acknowledge their outstanding business accomplishments. To demonstrate the company’s appreciation, each President’s Award recipient received an exquisite Tiffany & Co. crystal award. TMHU also is hosting a trip to Costa Rica for the award recipients.

About Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.

Celebrating more than 45 years in business in North America, TMHU is the supplier of Toyota lift trucks, the number one selling brand since 2002. In addition to the full line of high-quality lift trucks, the company’s extended industrial equipment solutions include Automated Guided Vehicles and scissor lifts.

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 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 450,000 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

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