Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., based in Columbus, has earned the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association’s Most Valuable Supplier Award for 2018.

This is the third consecutive year that Toyota Material Handling has earned the industry award, created to recognize companies that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees and their community.

To qualify for the award, the company was required to meet criteria in a number of areas important to the distributor companies that do business with them. In addition to confirming an ongoing commitment to safety and documenting a program that gives back, award winners have demonstrated an overall commitment to business excellence by documenting programs in the following areas: industry advocacy, distributor advocacy, business networking, continued education and business best practices, according to a news release.

“One of our core values is a commitment to continuous improvement in all areas of our business,” said Jeff Rufener, president of Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our ongoing dedication to create the best possible experience for every customer, dealer and associate in the Toyota family.”

Toyota Material Handling is a subsidiary of Toyota Industries Corp.