Joel Philippsen | The Republic Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM),
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Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM),

COLUMBUS, Indiana — Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, the number-one forklift brand in North America, plans to expand facilities at its North American corporate headquarters in Columbus.

Construction on the existing facility, which currently has more than 1 million square feet under roof, will begin this month. The $17.5 million investment in Columbus will add more than 150,000 square feet bringing the facility’s space to 1.3 million square feet.

Most of the Toyota forklifts sold in North America are made at the Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) plant in Columbus.
Most of the Toyota forklifts sold in North America are made at the Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) plant in Columbus.

 

This expansion will improve internal and external logistics at the facility by consolidating external warehouses to internal storage and distribution onsite. The goal of the expansion is to reduce internal logistics route distance by 50 percent.

The new construction will also expand space for the growing aftermarket parts business.

Read more in Thursday’s print edition of The Republic.