Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. Inc. (TMHU) and Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. Inc. (TIEM) announced management changes, including the appointment of Martin Boyd to vice president of product planning and marketing for TMHU and Tony Miller to vice president of production engineering, design engineering, manufacturing and maintenance for TIEM. Boyd formerly served as the company’s national product planning and marketing manager. During his 11 years at Toyota, he has played a significant role in key product launches including the Toyota 7-Series and 8-Series lift truck model lines and has helped establish strong relationships within the Toyota group of companies (TICO, TIEM, Raymond Corp. and Cesab), international Toyota distributors, suppliers and strategic partners. Boyd has been instrumental in the development of TMHU’s automated solutions and automated guided vehicle (AGV) business as well as TMHU’s introduction of the Aichi line of aerial work platforms (AWP) products. A TMHU associate since 1999, Boyd oversees the product planning, product support, marketing, product marketing and event planning departments and has reported directly to TMHU’s president since 2008. Boyd has a master’s degree in engineering management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Trenton State College (now known as The College of New Jersey). He currently resides in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Miller previously served as TIEM’s senior manager, production engineering, manufacturing and maintenance at the Columbus, Indiana-based facility, which manufactures the majority of Toyota lift trucks sold in the U.S. He assumed responsibility for the manufacturing and maintenance departments in 2009, reporting directly to TIEM’s president. Miller, and his team, won the TICO President’s Award for their achievements in assembly line consolidation and the plant’s launch of Toyota’s new 4-wheel AC electric lift truck. Throughout his career, he has identified and implemented "kaizen" continuous improvement measures on the plant floor, which are instrumental to the Toyota Production System practiced at TIEM. Miller joined TIEM in 1996 as a production engineer and has held several positions in the production engineering department. During this time period, he was influential in leading TIEM’s upstart of hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic hosing, laser cutting and sheet metal forming. Miller began his professional career at Arvin Sango, an exhaust manufacturer and supplier for Toyota Motor North America. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.