Incorporated at Jamestown Industrial Trucks. Owners:  Earl (Bud) & Mary Short


Became an authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealer


Opened second shop to service the Buffalo area at 2727 Broadway, Cheektowaga (rented space)


Relocated our Buffalo shop to 100 Stradtman St, Cheektowaga, NY (rented space)


JIT Received Toyota’s Silver Circle Award for dealership performance in 2004


Updated our logo and started doing business as JIT Toyota-Lift
Purchased the building at 999 Harlem Rd, West Seneca
Won Toyota’s Silver Circle Award for performance in 2005


Moved into our new building and held an Grand Opening in June
Took on the JLG dealership for aerial lift equipment


Won 3rd Silver Circle Award for performance in 2008
Celebrated 25 years as a Toyota forklift dealership


JIT Customer Service Support Rep Patty Mitchell becomes the first woman in the US to achieve 3rd Gear status
Won Toyota’s Customer Service Excellence Award


JIT 30th Anniversary Celebration!
Feb 7, 2013 Main Entree sponsor of Sweet Charity event to benefit The Food Bank of WNY
Feb 12, 2013 JIT mourns the passing of one of our founders and owners, Mary Short at age 79
March 2013 JIT Toyota-Lift Receives Toyota’s highest dealership honor, The President’s Award for performance in 2012


JIT Toyota-Lift receives Toyota’s President’s Award.  This is the second time JIT has received Toyota’s highest honor.


JIT Toyota-Lift becomes an official Pack Mule dealership.
JIT Toyota-Lift receives Awards in every category from Toyota: Customer Service & Support, Sales Excellence, Parts Excellence, and Service Excellence.


JIT Toyota-Lift becomes an official Club Car dealership.


President’s Award

2012 2016 2018 2019

The President’s Award is Toyota’s highest honor. Every year, Toyota selects its top forklift dealers who excel in parts, service, and equipment sales, customer satisfaction, and overall dealership operations.

Silver Circle

2004 2005 2008

(No longer awarded)

The Silver Circle Award was bestowed to Toyota dealers who demonstrated exemplary performance. It recognized dealers that achieved high marks in all areas of their dealership’s operations as rising leaders of Toyota and future contenders for the coveted President’s Award.

Customer Service & Support Award

2006 2007 2009 2010 2015 2016 2017

The CSS honors Toyota dealerships and CSS managers for demonstrating superior performance in CSS operations and training.

Sales Excellence Award

1998 2004 2005 2017

The Sales Excellence Award honors Toyota dealerships and sales managers for demonstrating superior performance in sales performance, operational efficiency, and personnel management.

Parts Excellence Award

1996 1998 1999 2000 2004 2012 2016 2017

The Parts Excellence Award honors Toyota dealerships and parts managers for demonstrating superior performance in parts purchasing, operations, and training.

Aftermarket Parts Awards

2005 2011 2012 2014 2015 2017

Starlift, our aftermarket parts supplier, has also bestowed many awards to our parts department. They recognize success in aftermarket parts operations.


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