November 29, 2007 – Ann Arbor, MI - Toyota Technical Center (TTC), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America (TEMA) shipped fifty seven Hewlett Packard 4100 computers and large screen monitors to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology located in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana. This donation was inspired when a group of Toyota Team Members recognized the need to assist the school while they were volunteering on various Habitat for Humanity projects in the New Orleans area.
"Dr. King Charter School is honored to have Toyota make such an important donation to the school. The school plans to utilize these computers to enhance its educational component. Students in grades 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th will be able to utilize these computers on a daily basis and we are very appreciative to have been selected." said Doris Hicks, CEO and Principal of the school.
"This community has survived unimaginable hardship over the past two years. Ms Hicks and her dedicated staff at MLK are serving as an inspiration to us all. Through their perseverance and dedication to the children, they are realizing their dream and contributing to the rebirth of this community. Toyota is honored to be able to support this effort." said Dave Benedict - General Manager, Vehicle Performance Development, Toyota Technical Center.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and will operate 15 manufacturing plants in North America by 2010. There are more than 1,700 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America which sold more than 2.8 million vehicles in 2006. Toyota directly employs over 41,000 in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18.6 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals more than $30 billion.
Toyota currently produces 11 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Matrix, Sienna, Solara, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra and the Lexus RX 350. By 2010, Toyota will have the annual capacity to build approximately 2.2 million cars and trucks, 1.45 million engines and 600,000 automatic transmissions. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com.