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Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc.
1 Park Plaza
Irvine, CA, 92623-7419
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Press release date: April 15, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. (April 15, 2008) - Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) recently announced the 2007 winners of its prestigious President's Award. TMHU selects its top dealers each year from a nationwide network of 68 dealers and 190 dealership locations, 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 at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif.

"Our customers' primary point of contact is with our dealers," said Shankar Basu, president and CEO of TMHU. "They provide our customers with the kind of service and attention they have come to expect and deserve. Our dealers are one of the key reasons that we remain the world's leading supplier of lift trucks and we are proud to recognize their contributions and achievements through this prestigious award."

The winners are: o Jerry Hatmaker of Allied Toyotalift, Knoxville, Tenn. o Al Rawson of Atlas Toyota Material Handling, Schiller Park, Ill. o Ron McCluskey of Brodie Toyota-Lift, Lawrence, Mass. o Wayne Bell of Bell Fork Lift, Inc., Clinton Township, Mich. o Jeff Fischer of Florida Lift Systems, Inc., Orlando, Fla. o Brian Hull of Hull Toyota Lift, Elkhart, Ind. o Ted Wente of ILT Toyota-Lift, Cleveland, Ohio o Richard Sinclair of Jefferds Corporation, St. Albans, W. Va. o Sam Smartt of Kenco Toyota-Lift, Chattanooga, Tenn. o Terry Bolinger of Mid Columbia Forklift, Inc., Yakima, Wash. o Bill Skinner of ProLift Industrial Equipment, Louisville, Ky. o Larry McKevitt of Summit Handling Systems, Inc., North Haven, Conn. o Michael Elliott of SwiftLift Inc., Victor, N.Y. o Lee Smith of Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta, Scottdale, Ga. o Scott Plummer of W. D. Matthews Machinery Co., Auburn, Maine

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 honored in a full-page color ad in Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Management. TMHU also is hosting a cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey for the award recipients.

About Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. Celebrating more than 40 years of established operations in the United States, Irvine, Calif.-based Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc., (TMHU) has been the number-one selling lift truck supplier in the U.S. since 2002 and currently offers a full line of high-quality lift trucks sold under the Toyota brand. Built on a reputation of excellence, Toyota remains popular due to 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.

TIEM, and all Toyota manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada, comply with the ISO 14001 standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and have been honored for their environmental management systems and dedication to continuous improvement. Toyota remains the first and only manufacturer in the world to offer a factory installed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel system that is UL-listed, and EPA-CARB certified. Toyota 8-Series IC lift trucks produce 70 percent less smog-forming emissions than current federal standards, and meet California's more stringent 2010 emissions standard.1

Toyota's commitment to excellence in customer service extends nationwide. Sixty-eight authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers, with a total of 190 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 www.toyotaforklift.com or call 1-800-226-0009.

Contact: Melinda Beckett-Maines Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. 949-223-7722 melinda.beckett-maines@tmhu.com

Christine Welch RiechesBaird PR 714-573-0899, ext. 25 christine@riechesbaird.com
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