Toyota expanding Indiana forklift plant
Spending $16 million to renovate and expand facility near Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Toyota plans to spend $16 million to renovate and expand a central Indiana factory where it builds three-and four-wheel forklifts and other equipment.
Toyota senior manager Steve Pride says the Industrial Equipment Manufacturing campus near Columbus was about 250,000 square-feet 25 years ago. It will be just over a million square-feet with the upcoming expansion, to be completed in September 2016.
Tony Miller, a Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Inc. senior vice-president, tells The Republic that the expansion will establish a facility for the division’s headquarters, and add a new cafeteria and more locker room space.
Toyota has about 1,100 workers in the manufacturing facility, along with some 175 people working in sales, marketing and distribution.
Columbus is about 45 miles south of Indianapolis.