TOYOTA LIFT OF SOUTH TEXAS WINS TOYOTA’S PRESTIGIOUS PRESIDENT’S AWARD


San Antonio, Texas. (April 6, 2018) – Toyota Lift of South Texas was recently awarded Toyota Industrial Equipment’s (TIE) highest honor, the President’s Award, for 2017. Toyota Lift of South Texas is one of 15 elite recipients of this distinguished award, selected from TIE’s network of more than 220 dealership locations in North America.

Toyota Lift of South Texas was recognized at Toyota’s Annual Forklift Dealer Meeting for demonstrating excellence in parts, service, equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall forklift dealership operations. This is the 10th time Toyota Lift of South Texas has been awarded the President’s Award.

“The dedication to go above and beyond for our customers is what sets the President’s Award winners apart,” said Jeff Rufener, president of TMHU. “They are driven to deliver the best customer experience in the industry and the President’s Award is our way of honoring them for their unwavering commitment.”

About Toyota Industrial Equipment

Proudly manufactured in the United States, Toyota Industrial Equipment offers a full line of material handling solutions including forklifts, aerial work platforms, automated guided vehicles, fleet management services and tow tractors. Toyota’s commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 220 locations in North America. For more information, visit www.ToyotaForklifts.com.

2017 Presidents Award

Photo caption: from left to right: Jeff Rufener, president of Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc., Leslie Doggett, Toyota Lift of South Texas, Ken Townsend, Toyota Lift of South Texas, and Toshifumi Onishi, senior managing officer of Toyota Industries Corporation and chief marketing and sales officer of Toyota Material Handling Group.

TOYOTA’S ANNUAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD HONORS TOP FORKLIFT DEALERS

 

2017 Presidents Award      2017 Presidents Award 2

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ind. – [April 4, 2018] – Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. (TMHU) announced the winners of the President’s Award which recognizes the top Toyota forklift dealers around the country annually. The revered award recognizes the top dealers who perform at the highest level in parts, service and equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall operations. The 15 winners who were announced at Toyota’s Annual Forklift Dealer Meeting last month will celebrate together on a Toyota-sponsored trip to Iceland in June.

 

“The dedication to go above and beyond for our customers is what sets the President’s Award winners apart.” said Jeff Rufener, president of TMHU. “They are driven to deliver the best customer experience in the industry and the President’s Award is our way of honoring them for their unwavering commitment.”

   

The winners of the 2017 President’s Award are:

  • Allied Toyotalift, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Atlas Toyota Material Handling, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
  • Brodie Toyota Lift, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Conger Toyota-Lift, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Hull Toyota Lift, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Industrial Truck Service, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Lift Truck Supply, Tyler, Texas
  • Liftow Limited, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Madland Toyota-Lift, Bakersfield, California
  • Shoppa’s Material Handling, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Southeast Industrial Equipment, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Toyota Lift of South Texas, San Antonio, Texas
  • Toyota Material Handling Northern California, Livermore, California
  • W.D. Matthews Machinery Co., Auburn, Maine
  • Winchester Equipment Company, Winchester, Virginia

About Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.              

Proudly manufactured in the United States, Toyota Industrial Equipment offers a full line of material handling solutions including forklifts, automated guided vehicles, fleet management services, aerial work platforms and tow tractors. Toyota’s commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 230 locations in North America. For more information, visit ToyotaForklift.com.

 

Leslie Doggett Industries, one of the largest family-owned businesses in Houston, expanded its footprint in the Austin region with new dealership acquisitions this week adding $120+ million in annual sales to Doggett’s revenues approaching $2 billion.

 

Through its heavy duty truck division, Doggett acquired dealerships for Freightliner, Western Star and Detroit Diesel from the Austin Freightliner Group of commercial dealerships previously owned by the Jay Hendrix Family. Financial terms of the acquisitions in Austin, Georgetown and Buda, Texas, were not disclosed.

 

The acquisitions from Austin Freightliner Group complement Doggett's existing footprint of Freightliner dealerships in San Antonio, El Paso and cities in the Rio Grande Valley including Laredo, Pharr and Brownsville.

 

"Bringing Austin Freightliner into the company culture that has led to all our success will be a win-win for our customers and our team of dedicated folks," said Paul Burk, executive vice president and general manager of the Doggett Truck Group. "Doggett has historically doubled the number of technicians after acquisitions providing best-in-class training, processes, benefits and compensation packages. We plan to dramatically grow Austin Freightliner the same way."

 

Doggett grew its dealership count to 40 with the additions in the Austin market. The firm has locations or geographic coverage in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico.

 

In April, Doggett announced acquiring Western Star, Autocar Trucks and Detroit Diesel locations in the San Antonio market from Grande Group in April.

 

Doggett is the Freightliner, Western Star and Autocar dealer for the state of Arkansas with locations in Little Rock, Van Buren, Searcy and the Springdale/Fayetteville market. The family-owned heavy equipment dealer bought privately held Truck Centers of Arkansas for $103 million in May 2018.

 

In 2019, Doggett Truck Group acquired Truck Enterprises Inc., an authorized Western Star, Detroit Diesel and heavy duty trailer dealer, which added locations in El Paso and Carlsbad, New Mexico and grew the company headcount. Less than a month later, Doggett picked up the privately held Great Dane Trailer distributor/dealer for El Paso, Laredo and McAllen/Pharr, Texas, with territory stretching to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

 

Doggett is a Houston based diversified heavy equipment dealer/distributor for 7 first-tier manufacturers (www.DOGGETT.com) that are either number 1 or 2 in their respective industries: John Deere Construction and Forestry Equipment (18 dealerships), Toyota Industrial Equipment - forklifts & material handling (7 dealerships), Freightliner On-highway and Vocational Trucks (9 dealerships), Western Star On-Highway and Vocational Trucks (located in most of our Freightliner dealerships), Great Dane On-Highway Trailers (1 dealership), LinkBelt Cranes (4 dealerships), Doggett/Vernon Gene’s/Woolford Heavy Duty Truck Diesel Parts Stores (7 stores), and one Ford Auto dealership reported to be the fastest growing Ford store in the nation. Doggett employees approximately 2200 full time employees with 40 dealerships approaching $2 billion in annual sales. Doggett is a family owned business without outside investors.

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