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Former Cummins, Toyota exec Reynolds dies near French Lick

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A one-time Cummins executive who was instrumental in overseeing the development of Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing in the Woodside Business Center in Columbus died Friday morning while traveling on business.

Randy Johnson (R.J.) Reynolds, 59, of Coatesville suffered a fatal heart attack as he was driving on a rural road northeast of French Lick, according to Benjamin Farris, Orange County deputy coroner.

Reynolds spent 10 years in international marketing and sales for the Columbus-based Cummins. But after TIEM announced it would open a $40 million forklift-manufacturing plant near Walesboro in 1989, he was hired by Toyota to become its senior manager of sales and development.

Reynolds and his family left Bartholomew County when he was promoted to assistant general manager of Toyota's Princeton operation in 2000.

During the past 10 years, Reynolds served as an executive member of both the Indianapolis-based Japan American Society and Evansville Chamber of Commerce. He served on the executive committee of the Interstate 69 Innovation Corridor.

After Reynolds retired from Toyota, he and his wife last year moved back to their hometown, Bedford. He was named president and CEO of Radius Indiana, a south-central Indiana economic development partnership.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Kingsway Christian Church in Avon.

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