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Program Available Through Local Toyota Material Handling Dealer to Offer Industry & Safety Training Opportunities for Veterans Seeking a Career as a Forklift Operator or Technician

Tampa, FL – (April 11, 2012) – Southern States Toyotalift/Florida Lift Systems, LLC today announced the launch of the ¯“Giving Veterans a Lift” program. Together with Toyota, they have committed over $25,000 to the program, which will provide thousands of tuition and tool purchase assistance dollars for veterans interested in developing a career as a forklift operator or Master Technician.

“Toyota and Southern States Toyotalift are excited to make this investment and launch a program to assist America’s heroes in finding employment in an economy where Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans experience as much as 15.2 percent unemployment” said Brett Wood, president of TMHU. “We’re glad our dealer time and knowledge base will help equip veterans with tools needed for those who seek a career in the material handling industry.”

Southern States Toyotalift President, Jeff Fischer, is committed to supporting veterans at the local level as well. Fischer states that “Honoring our veterans is of the utmost importance to our American culture and to me personally. We commend Toyota’s ambition in creating this program and we are proud to support it. Veterans are always given a first priority in our company when it comes to any opportunity in hiring and promotions. We are growing and hiring selectively.”

Material handling is one of the few fields that is growing, and according to a recent Material Handling Industry of America report increased 18% in 2010.

The deadline to apply to the “Giving Veterans a Lift” is Dec. 31, 2012 and training must occur by Jan. 31, 2013. Visit www.toyotalifttech.com today for Technician employment opportunities at Toyota Industrial Equipment Dealerships.

About Southern States Toyotalift/Florida Lift Systems, Inc.

Southern States Toyotalift/Florida Lift Systems, Inc. operates as the exclusive distributor for Toyota Material Handling USA, the manufacturer of Toyota fork lift trucks in large sections of Florida and Georgia. It distributes new and used forklifts, scissor lifts, wheeled boom lifts, crawler boom lifts, and forklift parts, as well as warehouse accessories, including hydraulic carts, stackers, pneumatic lifts, pallet and storage rack, mezzanines, lockers, containers, shelving and shop equipment. The company also offers forklift rental, and warehouse design and engineering services, as well as maintenance and training services for its customers’ technicians and machine operators. The company was founded in 1952 and is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.sstlift.com.