TABC Plant Celebrates 35 Years

January 25, 2007 - Long Beach, CA - Toyota's first North American manufacturing facility, TABC, Inc., marked its 35-year history today with a celebration at the plant.

TABC employs nearly 840 and has invested $200 million in the Long Beach facility. TABC manufactures steering columns, coated substrates, catalytic converters for Toyota vehicles made throughout North America, and assembles Hino commercial truck units.

Additionally during the ceremony, Wil James, a 20-year veteran of Toyota's Kentucky plant, officially took the reins as president of TABC, replacing Hideki Matsunaga.

"This plant has been a jewel of the Toyota family for 35 years," said Wil James. "As the new president, I look forward to expanding TABC's history of quality manufacturing."

As part of the celebration, TABC donated $5,000 each to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach, National Conference of Community & Justice, and Children Today for Long Beach community outreach programs.

TABC was established in 1972 and has produced a variety of automotive parts over its 35-year history. In 2004, Hino MotorsCorp, Ltd. , Ltd. established its first U.S. manufacturing operation at TABC. Hino assembles medium-size commercial panel trucks. Toyota's North American manufacturing base now includes 13 plants and another under construction in Ontario, Canada. A Camry assembly line is also being added at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Indiana.

"The success of TABC's team members and suppliers certainly paved the way for North American expansion over the last 35 years," said Gary Convis, Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America.

Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957. By 2008, Toyota will have the annual capacity to build about 2 million cars and trucks in 15 plants across North America. There are more than 1,700 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America, which sell more than 2.5 million vehicles a year. Toyota directly employs nearly 40,000 people in North America. Toyota's investment in North America is valued at more than $17.6 billion, and annual purchasing from North American suppliers totals more than $29 billion.

Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957. By 2008, Toyota will have the annual capacity to build about two million cars and trucks in 15 plants across North America. There are more than 1,700 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America, which sell more than 2.8 million vehicles a year. Toyota directly employs nearly 40,000 people in North America. Toyota's investment in North America is