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Join us on May 3rd for a free lunch & learn!

Join us at our Elk Grove Village location for lunch and seminar on warehouse ergonomics/ productivity from safety expert Jim Galante. He will teach you how to improve productivity and safety in manual material handling. Jim Galante is the Chairman for the EASE Council a division of the Material Handling Industry. He has 50 years of experience in the material handling industry. He has worked with and visited hun- dreds of facilities to conduct material handling task evaluations in- cluding PPG, ConAgra, Chrysler and PepsiCo just to name a few. So come by for lunch from 10-2 on May3rd and learn how to improve your operation.

Please email marketing@atlaslift.com for more information or to register today.

2018 Toyota Technician Skills Challenge – Our very own Eric Howland won first place!!!!

technician-skills-challenge-2018_300There are around 3,500 Toyota Forklifts technicians in the United States and Canada, and the top 10 visited the Toyota headquarters in Columbus, Indiana, for the 2018 Technician Skills Challenge.

Of the 151 Gold Master Technicians who had the option of completing an online test to compete for Platinum status near the end of 2017, 26 technicians scored highly enough to become Platinum certified. The technicians who joined us last week earned the top 10 spots for the Skills Challenge! The challenge consisted of diagnostics, use of technical resources, safety, and more.

Congratulations to the top three Toyota Technician Skills Challenge winners:

  • 1st Place: Eric Howland, First Access Material Handling
  • 2nd Place: Mike Stephens, Williams Toyota Lift, Inc.
  • 3rd Place: Tim Williams, Shoppa’s Material Handling, Ltd.


Congratulations Eric!!!

Congratulations to our Technician Eric Howland on placing 1st in the 2016 Toyota Technician Skills Challenge! Ten of the top Toyota Technicians from across the country traveled to Headquarters in Columbus, Indiana to participate in the Skills Challenge and Eric took home the gold. Congratulations Eric on this fantastic achievement!


August 25, 2015 — Atlas Companies’ Annual Employee Appreciation Lunch. Thank you to all Atlas employees for all your hard work, dedication, and excellence throughout the year!


Heavy-Duty Lift Trucks Engineered to Handle Rigorous Work Environments; Built to Meet Unique Paper Roll Applications

IRVINE, Calif. – (July 15, 2013) –Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), the supplier of the number one selling lift truck in North America, unveiled new 8-Series lift trucks designed to meet the tough applications associated with the pulp and paper industry. Toyota 12,000 lb. capacity paper roll special forklift for pulp and paper industry. Toyota’s new 12,000 lb. standard counterweight, box car, and paper roll special lift truck options meet the demands of the pulp and paper industry. The new lift trucks, which offer 8,000 – 15,500 lbs. lifting capacities, also include a new 12,000 lb. standard counterweight, box car and paper roll special option. Powering the new lift trucks is a newly designed and advanced 3.7-liter, 4-cylinder, high performance engine built by Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO), the manufacturer of more than 15 million high-quality engines.

“Toyota’s new 8-Series lift trucks are the culmination of years of engineering excellence and the integration of the latest technology to help our paper handling customers maintain a competitive edge in their demanding work environments,” said Jeff Rufener, president of TMHU. “For this product introduction, our engineers took a ‘no-holds barred’ approach to deliver a powerful Toyota-engineered lift truck with the durability needed in the paper and pulp industry.”

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IRVINE, Calif. – (July 18, 2013) –Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), the supplier of the number one selling lift truck in North America, announced that for every new 8-Series lift truck sold in 2013, Toyota will make a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation to have a tree planted in a forest damaged by fire or other natural causes in the U.S. and in Canada. Toyota estimates the donation to TMHU estimates that it will donate 30,000 trees to the Arbor Day Foundation in 2013. TMHU estimates that it will donate 30,000 trees to the Arbor Day Foundation in 2013. equate to 30,000 trees. To date, TMHU has planted more than 50,000 trees through the Arbor Day Foundation.

“We’re pleased to have Toyota Material Handling’s commitment to preserving and improving our environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The National Arbor Day Foundation is proud to have a partner in Toyota to help restore critical ecosystems people and wildlife depend on to survive.”

Toyota is the world’s largest supplier of lift trucks, which are used in applications ranging from retail to food and beverage warehousing. TMHU recently unveiled its new 8-Series large capacity 8,000 – 17,500 lb. cushion and pneumatic lift trucks, which include newly designed diesel and gas engines that enhance performance and fuel economy. Designed to reduce engine emissions and fuel consumption, once again, Toyota leads the way in environmental performance.

“There is long standing commitment to the environment at Toyota, not just through our product innovations in electric and low emission IC forklifts, but also through our zero landfill manufacturing practices implemented at Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc.,” said Jeff Rufener, president of TMHU. “We make it a priority to support, appreciate and respect the environment.”

A news release was distributed this week announcing Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM), Toyota’s forklift manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ind., has been selected by IndustryWeek Magazine as one of the 10 Best Plants in North America. The competition is part of IndustryWeek’s annual search for North America’s manufacturing excellence. The 10 winning manufacturing plants, selected from all nationwide entrants, are featured in the January 2012 issue of IndustryWeek.

As the 22nd annual salute to the best plants in North America, the IndustryWeek Best Plants Award recognizes plants that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments. The program also aims to encourage other manufacturing managers and work teams to emulate the honorees by adopting world-class practices, technologies, and improvement strategies.


Distributor Recognition – Best of the Best
Summer 2011
MHEDA is proud to recognize it members who have been identified by their manufacturers and suppliers as Top Distributors. MHEDA distributors are routinely among the best in the world. The affinity programs, education, networking opportunities, publications, and more that the association offers are valuable resources for material handling distributors. With MHEDA’s resources at their disposal these already great distributors have become even better. The MHEDA members that won awards in 2009 are listed here. For a complete list of all distributor winners visit www.TheMhedaJournal.org . Congratulations to our Honorees!

President’s Award
Atlas Toyota Material Handling (Schiller Park, IL)