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COLUMBUS, Ind. (July 1, 2022) – Toyota Material Handling (TMH) has announced the acquisition of PennWest Toyota Lift, a Pennsylvania-based forklift dealership with locations in Mount Pleasant, Pittsburgh and Erie, PA. The acquisition was formally finalized on July 1. The company will keep its name, with no change in support or staffing.

“PennWest has been a respected part of the Toyota dealer network for years and a terrific representative of everything Toyota stands for,” said Steve Tadd, TMH Director of Dealer Development. “This acquisition will ensure Toyota’s continued representation in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and offer continued support to PennWest’s customers.”

TMH entered into this agreement to facilitate succession planning for PennWest. PennWest has one of the most extensive track records of success of all the Toyota dealerships, earning the prestigious President’s Award for both 2018 and 2020. PennWest’s key executives and management will remain and continue to manage the business on behalf of [...]

When investing in a new or used commercial ride-on or walk-behind sweeper or scrubber, there are many things to consider. Gas or electric? Ride-on or walk-behind? Sweeper or scrubber? How clean do the floors need to be? In this overview, we’ll present you with helpful information that can assist you with your decision.

Sweeping PositivesNegativesLow cost of ownership
Low maintenance
Good for light to heavy debrisFloor doesn’t appear as clean
Less light reflection
Safety issues if silica present

In some cases it may be necessary to choose scrubbing over sweeping due to the current floor conditions and the amount of debris that accumulates during a normal day. To what extent does the dust and dirt affect the manufacturing process and the finished product? What type of appearance do you wish to present to employees and also to prospective customers? Both Sweepers [...]

Winterizing your fleet and facilities is no small task and it can have serious long-term impact if you don’t take the right forklift weather protection steps before snow piles up. So where to start? The forklift experts at Toyota Material Handling have provided a few tips

It doesn’t take long for corrosion to ruin a good battery. As if the battery doesn’t have a rough life to begin with. There are several reasons these batteries failed. Externally they are corroded and don’t look pretty.

Internally, all of the chemicals necessary to create energy are now on the outside of the battery. It’s on the battery surface, the forklift, the floor, the operator and hopefully no on the products that your company makes. Yes, these batteries range in price from $3,000.00 to $12,000.00. They have not survived the warranty period.

Each of these customers have had to replace these batteries with either new or used units. However, in every case the outcome will be virtually the same. Premature battery failure due to improper maintenance. The customer must deal with the issue in many ways:


If you’ve ever wondered what forklift free lift is, you’re not alone!

Free lift is the maximum height you can raise the forks without changing the mast height. There are two instances where this typically happens: when the inner mast rails extends past the outer mast rails or when the load backrest or carriage exceeds the height of the outer mast rails. It is important to understand forklift free lift, especially if you are stacking or unstacking in confined spaces such as trailers, containers, and racking systems. These applications have height restrictions and might cause product or equipment and possible safety concerns for operators or nearby pedestrians. There are two types of free lift a forklift can have: limited free lift or full free lift.

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Limited Free Lift

When a forklift has limited free lift, it means that the inner mast rails will extend [...]

The battery for your electric lift truck is designed to give you power for 5 years and even longer.

The maintenance is easy if you have the proper knowledge. Flooded Lead Acid batteries are still the most reliable and most environmentally friendly power sources available. Your battery is almost 100% recyclable. Lead and Copper go to secondary smelters. Plastic is recycled and even the acid is separated and refined to later be used in fertilizers, cleaners, and purifiers in alkalia based materials.

Your battery has a Life Cycle. The life cycle is based on usage (Energy Out) and Charge (Energy In). One discharge and subsequent complete charge constitutes one cycle. Therefore, if you fully discharge and recharge your battery every day the life cycle of your battery is approx. 5 years. (1,500 Cycles / 300 working days a year. Every situation varies and the 1,500 cycle measurement is not absolute. Once 1,200 to 1,500 cycles [...]

Mt. Pleasant, PA – [April 8, 2019] – Toyota Material Handling (TMH) announced PennWest Industrial Trucks is a recipient of the annual President’s Award which recognizes the top Toyota forklift dealers in North America. The revered award recognizes the top dealers who perform at the highest level in parts, service, equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall operations. Out of the seventy-five Toyota forklift dealerships in North America, PennWest was one of fifteen dealerships to win this top honor.

PennWest owner Mark Gaier and his wife, Libby, pose with the President’s Award next to Toyota’s signature orange forklift.

The winners, announced at Toyota’s Annual Dealer Meeting last month, will celebrate together on a Toyota-sponsored trip to Prague and Vienna in May.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from Toyota and I am [...]

Tuesday March 12, 2019

PennWest Industrial Trucks recently earned two top dealer awards from KION North America Corporation. KION North America awarded top dealers based on 2018 performance at its 2019 Dealer Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina last week. The 2019 Dealer Meeting gave dealers the opportunity to be the first in the industry to see the new full line of warehouse equipment that Linde Material Handling will release in North America.

PennWest Industrial Trucks: Pictured from left to right: Mark Gaier, Rich Bevington, Scott Bennington, G.R. ClemencePictured from left to right: Mark Gaier, Rich Bevington, Scott Bennington, G.R. Clemence

PennWest Industrial Trucks, LLC dealer Principal and Owner, Mark Gaier, attended the KION North America dealer meeting. PennWest was one of only 17 dealerships to receive the prestigious Palmetto Award for meeting their annual market plan goals. For [...]

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