Toyota Material Handling to hire more workers in Indiana

FILE - In a Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, the logo of Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is displayed behind members of the media Toyota at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France. Toyota will test a new car-sharing system next year that lets users unlock doors and start cars with their smartphones. The Smart Key Box system eliminates the need for a physical key. Toyota will test the system in San Francisco with the Getaround car-sharing service starting in January 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Toyota Material Handling plans to hire more workers in Indiana for its business providing forklifts and related equipment.

The state announced Wednesday that the plans include creating up to 71 new jobs by 2019 at its facility in Columbus.

The business relocated its headquarters from Irvine, California, to Indiana in 2012 after investing $4.6 million to expand its office in Columbus. The state says the company has added 79 new positions in Indiana since relocating and is working to further strengthen its workforce.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered up to $100,000 in performance-based training grants based on the company’s job creation plans.

Toyota recently constructed a restaurant-style dining hall, which opened in July, and is now building a new wellness center, the Toyota Recreational Complex.