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Columbus plant to be model for Brazil operation

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. in Columbus has been chosen as the model for a new Toyota Industries Corp. lift truck manufacturing plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The U.S. plant was chosen in part for its strict quality control and assurance process and its 22-year history building more than 400,000 lift trucks in the U.S., according to a company press release.

Several areas of the new plant will mirror TIEM, including areas for sub-assembly and material handling and an area for the Complete Vehicle Inspection process to ensure overall product quality.

Construction of the Brazil plant began in June 2012. The new facility will become the manufacturing division of TICO’s existing sales company, Toyota Material Handling Mercosur Industria e Comercio de Equipamentos Ltda, in the state of Sao Paulo. The Brazil plant will manufacture three models of Toyota’s 8-Series internal combustion lift trucks.

After construction is complete in 2013, TIEM will supply the new plant with 31% of its forklift parts. This will mark another milestone in TICO’s history as TIEM will become the first Toyota industrial manufacturing plant outside of Japan to supply parts to a TICO plant in another country.

To complete the project three TIEM Associates, along with their families, will move to Brazil for approximately three years to fill the quality, manufacturing and plant manager positions at the new plant.

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