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Kirk Hamre - Moving to SoCal

Kirk Hamre, account manager for Alameda County has announced he and his wife are moving to Southern California in the new year. “After long consideration, my wife and I have decided to move to Orange County. My wife is from the area, and she has wanted to move back for many years. Recently, her job was restructured in a way that will allow us to make this move,” Kirk said.

Kirk’s last day with Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMH) is Monday, December 31st. Kirk joined TMH in 2013 and has been a valued and well-respected member of our team ever since.

Kirk’s family has lived in the area for generations and he has a remarkable material handling lineage….

TMH Supports The Crayon Initiative


Used crayons find a new life at the Danville-based nonprofit
The Crayon Initiative. Since 2011, the all-volunteer organization has donated more than 125,000 upcycled packs of crayons to children’s hospitals across the United States.

The Crayon Initiative works with hospitals in 33 states including some of the largest in Northern and Central California:

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
Kaiser’s Oakland Medical Center
Valley Children's Hospital
and more than 130 other hospitals across the US

Every month, hundreds of volunteers sort used crayons by color so they can be melted down and remanufactured. The new crayons are packaged and palletized before being shipped to hospitals throughout the U.S. One of the sorting volunteers overheard founder Bryan Ware mention how much he could use a forklift and connected him with Toyota Material Handling of Northern California (TMH).

TMH Donates Forklifts to Support Red Cross Wildfire Relief Efforts

July 23rd, 2018: on a road near Redding, California, a trailer got a flat tire. As the rim scraped the asphalt,  sparks ignited a fire that would become the sixth-most destructive in California history.

The Carr Fire has destroyed nearly 175,000 acres and threatened hundreds of thousands more. At one point, more than 27,000 people were under evacuation. Thousands of residents, with nowhere else to go, relied on assistance from The American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, shelters, food and emotional support to disaster victims, and their important work requires an effective supply chain. When an airplane full of supplies landed at Redding Airport, two forklifts donated by TMH were there to move food, water and other critical items.

TMH Receives Prestigious Toyota Forklift Dealership Award

Toyota Material Handling of Northern California (TMH) has once again been awarded Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. (TMHU)’s highest honor: The President’s Award. This elite award recognizes the best Toyota forklift dealers around the country annually and is based upon:
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Equipment sales
  • Excellence in parts and service
  • Overall operations

Only 15 business receive this distinguished award each year. TMH is proud to have been selected from more than 68 Toyota forklift and material handling dealerships throughout North America. This is the 12th time TMH has been honored with the President’s Award designation in the past 20 years.

Toyota Forklift Dealership Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Toyota Material Handling of Northern California (TMHNC) is one of Toyota’s first and longest-standing forklift dealerships in the United States. Here's an announcment about three changes to the senior leadership - effective May 1, 2017.

Richard Andres has stepped down as President and CEO and has a new role as Chairman of RJMS Corporation and Toyota Material Handling Northern California. Richard will work as an adviser to the Executive Team.

Mark Andres, a TMHNC employee since 1995, is the new President / CEO of Toyota Material Handling Northern California. In this role, he will be responsible for the leadership of TMHNC and maintaining relationships with Toyota and other major product lines.

Stephen Andres, who started with TMHNC in 1997, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Stephen will oversee total company operations including: Service, Parts, Fleet, Rental, Human Resources, and IT.

CARB Fleet Regulation for LSI Forklifts - What You Need to Know

In 2006, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted new regulations to reduce emissions from large spark-ignited (LSI) engine powered equipment including forklifts, sweeper/scrubbers and industrial tow tractors. The regulation set fleet average emission level requirements (FAELs) that decreased each year to encourage the use of electric vehicles and low-emissions engines. CARB’s regulation applies to off-road gasoline, propane, LPG, CNG, and electric vehicles of 25 horsepower or greater.

Unlike car emissions where each vehicle receives a tailpipe assessment, a fleet is evaluated by uploading make, model, year and other data to CARB online. Each vehicle receives an emissions score based on its age and other factors.

- Electric forklifts receive zero points
- Forklifts older than 2001 automatically score 12 points
- Newer forklifts may only score 1-3 points depending on the year they were made

CARB calculates an average of all the vehicles and this its FAEL (fleet average emissions level). On July 21, 2016, the Air Resources Board amended the regulation to include new reporting and labeling requirements. The deadline to have vehicles reported and labeled is June 30th, 2017. 

New TMHNC Location: Livermore

Goodbye Hayward, Hello Livermore!

Over the past three years, TMHNC has outgrown our Hayward location. After expanding the rental fleet, adding service technicians, and increasing inventory to support customer needs - we ran out of space! Every morning the warehouse team moved equipment from the warehouse into the yard to make room for the day-to-day operation. At night, all the equipment had to get moved back inside again. Something had to be done…

Finally, we found a 64,000 square foot facility in the East Bay on four acres. It’s just minutes off Highway 580 in Livermore and about 40% bigger than the Hayward location.

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