Toyota to manufacture tractors at Indiana plant

Toyota announced this week that its Columbus, IN-based manufacturing plant, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc., will begin manufacturing the company’s line of diesel tow tractors.

03/28/2008


Toyota announced this week that its Columbus, IN-based manufacturing plant, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc., will begin manufacturing the company’s line of diesel tow tractors in May.
“Demand for Toyota’s tow tractors has grown steadily in the North American market in recent years. Manufacturing these products in the U.S.A. allows Toyota to better meet our customers’ needs,” said Shankar Basu, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. and a director of TIEM. “By manufacturing domestically, we are improving our speed of delivery for our customers, and helping them keep their operating efficiency as high as possible.”
The 870,000 square-foot Columbus plant is undergoing a 20,000 square-foot expansion to accommodate the additional manufacturing operation. It is the eleventh expansion for
“Placing the diesel tow tractor production at the Columbus plant allowed us to take advantage of several natural manufacturing synergies already in place,” continued Basu.