Shoppa’s Has Five Techs Achieve Platinum Certification

FORT WORTH, TX – An unprecedented number of Shoppa’s Material Handling technicians recently passed the Toyota Material Handling Platinum Master Technician Certification, including one Shoppa’s technician selected out of nearly 120 applicants to compete for Toyota’s prestigious technician title.

“Our customers demand technicians who can keep their forklifts and other equipment well-maintained and operating efficiently,” said Jim Shoppa, owner of Shoppa’s Material Handling. “With these most recent certified technicians, customers can be confident the very best in the industry are working on their equipment. I am proud of the level of excellence these Shoppa’s technicians have demonstrated.”

Toyota’s unparalleled reputation as the number one forklift manufacturer in North America, with the longest-lasting parts, stems from its dedication to training and developing the best technicians. Technicians are required to take classroom courses and accrue up to five years hands-on experience to earn certified, bronze, silver, gold and platinum rankings.

Overall, 36 out of 119 applicants tested nationwide achieved the Platinum Certification.

The five Shoppa’s technicians who earned the certification will be recognized by Toyota and Shoppa’s.

Additionally, they will be recognized at Shoppa’s and at the TMHU North American Headquarters in Columbus, IN. in the Platinum Level display case, with a plaque bearing their name.

Ten of the 36 were selected to visit the North American Headquarters in Columbus the week of December 9, for Toyota’s “Platinum Skills Challenge.”

One Shoppa’s technician was selected to compete in this rigorous Platinum Skills Challenge, comprised of various work stations. The technicians will rotate through each station, attempting to complete each within the given timeframe. The winner of the Technician Skills Challenge will be recognized as Toyota’s Top Technician for 2020.

The Shoppa’s team is honored to have a technician competing in this “best of the best” competition and will continue to develop technical expertise among the entire service team to meet growing customer and industry demand.


Shoppa’s Material Handling was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas with 9 locations and 400 employees throughout Texas and Missouri.

Shoppa’s is one of the fastest growing dealerships in the country and is a 15-time recipient of the prestigious Toyota President’s Award. Shoppa’s provides complete material handling solutions including system design, equipment integration, project management, fleet optimization and logistics solutions. From a single forklift purchase to national accounts with multiple locations, Shoppa’s has the people, the products, the knowledge to maximize your productivity.

In addition to their anchor brand Toyota, Shoppa’s represents a comprehensive line of industrial and warehouse equipment brands including Aichi, Genie and JLG aerial equipment, Bendi, Drexel and Combilift very narrow aisle forklifts, Advance industrial floor cleaning equipment as well as E-Z-GO golf and Cushman industrial vehicles. Shoppa’s also specializes in pallet rack and warehouse design capabilities.

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