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The Best Associates. The Best Solutions. #1 For A Reason.


The Best Associates. The Best Solutions. #1 For A Reason.

| 7/27/2020


Southern States Toyotalift
Tampa, Winter Haven, Orlando, Ocala, Jacksonville

#24 LARGE Company

For over 16 years Toyota has been the world’s #1 material handling solutions provider. For more than 60 years customers have been choosing Southern States Toyotalift as their premier solutions provider for their material handling needs. Forklifts, warehouse storage, automation, conveyor, and fleet management are a sampling of the solutions that Southern States Toyotalift brings to customers to help them achieve and maintain their competitive advantage.

President Dave Bailey’s philosophy is “In order to deliver world class solutions to customers, you have to hire, develop, and reward associates with a world class organization that they are proud to be a part of with benefits that make a positive impact in their lives.”

Toyota has an operating philosophy of Monozukuri Hitozukuri, “building things is about building people”. Vice President of Operations, Lance Landeche ensures that this operating philosophy is more than words when it comes to SST’s approach to associate development. “The thing that attracted me… was being a part of something bigger than yourself. Helping people become their best. By offering associates a career, that’s a commitment from us that we will professionally develop you and help you grow into your full potential.”

This philosophy is more than a vision it is felt by associates across the organizations.

“This is more than just a job. This is a career, a place where you can make a home. The sky is the limit.” Ron Carwein, Technician, 3 years

“I enjoy what I do here…I plan on retiring from here…and hopefully the people that I train carry on the excitement and standard of excellence.” Eric Reynolds, Technician, 18yrs.

Associate benefits include profit sharing, 401(k) matching, continuing education, tuition reimbursement, tool reimbursement, paid community service hours, company sponsored “theme days”, vacation & PTO, PTO “buyback”, wellness program with incentives and a “rewards catalog”, employee assistance program, healthcare advocacy program, vision & dental coverage, and free healthcare.

“Our focus on recruiting and retaining the best associates is driven by our commitment to delivering the best customer experience. Associates who feel respected, honored, and rewarded pass that same world class experience on to customers when they choose our solutions. It really is a win-win for everyone involved!”, Bailey explains.

Above average retention rates, associate referrals, and stellar associate reviews show that Southern States Toyotalift is delivering on their commitment to be an employer of choice.


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