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Toyota's 8-series AC Powered Reach truck awarded product of the year by Plant Engineering magazine

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.'s (TMHU) 8-Series AC powered reach truck was honored in Plant Engineering magazine's annual "Product of the Year" awards program.

For more than 20 years, Plant Engineering's "Product of the Year" has been renowned as the industry's most distinguished award for innovation in manufacturing products. According to the material handling publication, it is bestowed only to those manufacturers who have created the best new ideas that make plant management better, faster and smarter.

A special panel of engineers selected Toyota from among 150 finalists in 16 categories for "Product of the Year," and final award recipients were then determined by an online poll of Plant Engineering's readers. Toyota's 8-Series AC powered reach truck received the 2008 Product of the Year honors in the Material Handling Systems category. This achievement was formally acknowledged before an audience of the nation's leading plant managers at the 2009 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit in Charleston, S.C.

"We are honored Plant Engineering and the magazine's readers have recognized Toyota's 8-Series reach truck as a winner in the prestigious ‘Product of the Year' awards," said Brett Wood, president of TMHU. "With the launch of the new 8-Series AC powered reach truck, we focused on increasing efficiency and productivity for our customers with faster travel speeds and fewer service intervals. We are extremely pleased to see these improvements have helped us earn this recognition from our customers and the material handling industry."

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