Toyota gets initial rezoning approval

Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing has received initial approval to rezone five acres in Columbus as the company looks to install a truck scale on the property this fall.

Brian Weber, facilities engineer with TIEM, appeared with E.R. Gray, of E.R. Gray & Associates in Columbus, for the company’s request to rezone 5.74 acres at the northwest corner of Barker Drive and Inwood Drive from agriculture to heavy industrial.

Weber said TIEM, which manufactures forklifts, by late November hopes to put in a truck scale on the acreage to help verify shipping weights.

The Columbus Plan Commission gave a favorable recommendation to Columbus City Council in a unanimous vote to rezone the property that would make it compatible with surrounding properties.

Weber declined to say how much money the company was investing in the project. No new jobs are anticipated.

City Engineer Dave Hayward, who is also a commission member, also told Weber and Gray that the engineering department would like to see a drainage study completed on the Toyota property at a later date.

Columbus City Council members will consider the rezoning request during its 6 p.m. meeting Sept. 5 at Columbus City Hall.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or