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Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc.
1 Park Plaza
Irvine, CA, 92623-7419

Press release date: May 10, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. (May 10, 2007) - Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) recently announced the 2006 winners of its prestigious President's Award. TMHU selects its top dealers each year from a nationwide network of 69 dealers and 189 dealership locations, recognizing them for demonstrating excellence in parts, service and equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall dealership operations.

This year, 16 winners earned the coveted award and were acknowledged at Toyota's National Dealer Meeting at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, Calif.

"Every year, we are astounded by the commitment and drive demonstrated by our top dealers," said Shankar Basu, president and CEO of TMHU. "It is because of their tireless efforts that Toyota continues to strengthen its position as the number one lift truck supplier in the industry. We applaud their hard work and commitment to earning this award."

The winners are:

o Vann Williford of Atlantic Coast Toyotalift, Winston-Salem, N.C.

o Ron McCluskey of Brodie Toyota-Lift, Lawrence, Mass.

o Jeff Fischer of Florida Lift Systems, Inc., Orlando, Fla.

o Robert Whittingham of Forklifts of St. Louis, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.

o Stuart Thompson of Garrison Toyota Material Handling, Nashville, Tenn.

o Brian Hull of Hull Toyota Lift, Elkhart, Ind.

o Joe Clark of Mid-South Lift Trucks, Inc. (The Lilly Co.), Memphis, Tenn.

o James L. Shoppa of Shoppa's Material Handling, Ltd., Fort Worth, Texas

o Jeff Fischer of Southern States Toyotalift, Jacksonville, Fla.

o Larry McKevitt of Summit Handling Systems, Inc., North Haven, Conn.

o Michael Elliott of SwiftLift, Inc., Victor, N.Y.

o Thomas J. Mitchell of Toyota Materials Handling, Irondale, Ala.

o Richard Andres of Toyota Material Handling Northern California, Hayward, Calif.

o Leslie Doggett of Toyota Lift of South Texas, San Antonio, Texas, a Doggett Equipment Company

o Fred Stanley of Westquip, Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla.

o Andrew Williams of Williams Toyota Lift, Inc., East Sparta, Ohio

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 and will be congratulated in a full-page, color advertisement in the MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) Journal. TMHU also is hosting a trip to Geneva, Switzerland for the winners.

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

Celebrating its 40th year of establishing operations in the United States, Irvine, Calif.-based Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc., (TMHU) is the number one selling lift truck supplier in the U.S. since 2002 and offers a full line of high-quality lift trucks sold under the Toyota brand. Built on a reputation for excellence, Toyota is known for its quality, reliability and durability. Quality is the hallmark of Toyota's world-renowned Toyota Production System practiced at all Toyota manufacturing facilities, including Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) in Columbus, Ind. Most of the Toyota lift trucks sold in the United States are manufactured at TIEM.

Toyota's commitment to excellence in customer service extends nationwide. Sixty-nine authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers, with a total of 189 dealership locations throughout the United States, offer comprehensive customer service support, including one-stop shopping for both new and Certified Used lift trucks, parts, service and financing. For more information on TMHU, please visit or call 1-800-226-0009.
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