Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., a full-line material handling solutions provider of forklifts and related equipment, announced plans to strengthen its workforce in Columbus, creating up to 71 new high-wage jobs by 2019.

The expansion was announced Wednesday morning by the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

“Indiana’s economy is built for growing companies like TMHU,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a media release. “TMHU chose to bring its headquarters here as our state was developing one of the nation’s top climates for job creation, putting Hoosiers at the helm of one of the top businesses in the heavy equipment industry. Today, as TMHU announces that it is adding even more high-wage jobs for Hoosiers, Indiana stands as one of the top-ranked economies in the nation.”

TMHU relocated its headquarters from Irvine, California, to Columbus in 2012 after investing $4.6 million to expand Toyota’s Columbus footprint. The company has added 79 new positions in Indiana since relocating and is now investing in employee-focused initiatives to further strengthen its workforce.

Toyota recently constructed a new restaurant-style dining hall, which opened in July, and is now building a new wellness center, the Toyota Recreational Complex, to provide more health and wellness opportunities to its employees through a basketball court, track, fitness equipment and group exercise classes.

TMHU, which employs 182 full-time associates, plans to primarily hire for salaried professionals working in a corporate environment.