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Toyota announces record $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant

Toyota announces record $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant

April 10, 2017
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (April 10, 2017) – The future of automobile production is now. A $1.33 billion investment- the highest of any automaker in Kentucky and the second-largest in state history- will make Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) the first plant in North America to begin producing vehicles using Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Named the “Most American Made” car by Cars.com and the number one selling car in America for the past 15 years, the Camry, from the 2018 model year, will become the first Toyota vehicle made in the U.S. to fully incorporate the new vehicle development and production technology. ... more

Toyota Kentucky - 2016 Community Report

Toyota Kentucky - 2016 Community Report

March 23, 2017

Toyota Donates Engineering Laboratory Building to Create STEAM-Focused Education Center

Toyota Donates Engineering Laboratory Building to Create STEAM-Focused Education Center

March 17, 2017
Erlanger, Ky. (March 17, 2017) - Creating an enduring gift to fuel the economic engine of the Tri-State, Toyota announced today that it is donating its Quality and Production Engineering Laboratory on its campus in Erlanger to develop a STEAM-focused education center to serve the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region. The vision, a collaborative endeavor involving state and local leaders, is world-class STEAM education that inspires the next generation to be creative and engaged, highly skilled, tech-savvy and work-ready problem solvers.... more

Toyota Production in North America Exceeds 2 Million Again in 2016

Toyota Production in North America Exceeds 2 Million Again in 2016

January 19, 2017
Erlanger, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2017) – In 2016, Toyota achieved another record year of North American vehicle production with 2,124,608 vehicles built at its North American vehicle assembly plants. Production volume was up 4.4 percent over the previous year total of 2,035,028 vehicles.... more

Continuing Its 30th Anniversary Celebration, Toyota Surprises Three Georgetown Non-Profits with $10,000 Grants

Continuing Its 30th Anniversary Celebration, Toyota Surprises Three Georgetown Non-Profits with $10,000 Grants

November 14, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (November 10, 2016) – Three Georgetown non-profits thought they were meeting with Toyota team members today to tell them more about their programs and make their pitch for a grant request. What they didn’t know is a group from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) had something different in mind, surprising each of the three non-profits with a $10,000 check.
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National Public Lands Day: Let’s Help Elk…and Their Ilk

National Public Lands Day: Let’s Help Elk…and Their Ilk

September 20, 2016
Ever enjoy a picnic at the park? Trek down a hiking trail? Raft a local river? If so, now might be the time to give a little back. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is Sept 24, and Toyota encourages all of its team members, dealers and customers to offer a little nurture to nature.
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America's Best-Selling Car Still Most 'American-Made'

America's Best-Selling Car Still Most 'American-Made'

June 28, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Ky., June 28, 2016 -- The best-selling car in America for 14 consecutive years is on another streak that recognizes its American symbolism: another award from Cars.com for most American-made. For the second year in a row and sixth time overall, the Toyota Camry claims the top position on Cars.com’s American-Made Index.... more

More Kids Closer to Kindergarten-Ready Thanks to Toyota, Born Learning Academies

More Kids Closer to Kindergarten-Ready Thanks to Toyota, Born Learning Academies

June 27, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (June 27, 2016) – Kentucky is getting another boost to early childhood education. Today, Toyota, with United Way and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, unveiled plans to expand the United Way Born Learning Academies, adding 63 schools to the kindergarten readiness program’s growing lineup.... more

Dr. Shoichiro. Toyoda, President, Toyota Motor Corporation, Announces U.S. Plant Site [December 1985]

Dr. Shoichiro. Toyoda, President, Toyota Motor Corporation, Announces U.S. Plant Site [December 1985]

June 08, 2016

Toyota Announces Date for Kentucky Plant Groundbreaking Ceremony [1986]

Toyota Announces Date for Kentucky Plant Groundbreaking Ceremony [1986]

June 08, 2016

30 Years After Groundbreaking, Toyota Kentucky Proves Age is Only a Number

30 Years After Groundbreaking, Toyota Kentucky Proves Age is Only a Number

June 08, 2016
Georgetown, Ky. (June 8, 2016) – It started with an announcement in December 1985. Today it is a bustling operation that employs 8,000 people, sprawls 169 football fields (that’s just the building!) and represents a $6 billion (and growing) investment.... more

Duck, Duck, GOOSE!

Duck, Duck, GOOSE!

June 08, 2016
WASHINGTON D.C. (JUNE 8, 2016) – Toyota North American manufacturing plants share space with all creatures great and small – from the furry to the feathered. And a main mission for the automaker is to keep those critters content.
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Toyota Says Thanks a Million to Future STEM Scholars

Toyota Says Thanks a Million to Future STEM Scholars

April 29, 2016
Georgetown, Ky. (April 29, 2016) -- As Yogi Berra put it, “the future ain’t what it used to be.” The same could be said for manufacturing, which is why Toyota continues to invest in the people and institutions at the center of the industry’s future.... more

Building Lexus: A Sensory Story

Building Lexus: A Sensory Story

April 11, 2016
With thousands of nerve endings per square centimeter, the human hand is a remarkable tool, even in a facility with the most advanced car-building technology in the world.  To further touch on this notion, watch Lexus Takumi training ideology in action.
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More Than Two Million Toyotas Built in North America in 2015 for the First Time

More Than Two Million Toyotas Built in North America in 2015 for the First Time

January 08, 2016
ERLANGER, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2016) – 2015 marked record production for Toyota with 2,035,028 vehicles and 1,933,702 engines produced in North America. Key drivers for increased production include low fuel prices, a healthier economy and strong customer demand for Corolla, Camry, RAV4 and Tacoma.... more

Toyota Turns Compost Into Cars

Toyota Turns Compost Into Cars

November 16, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) – Toyota is working to help everyone breathe a little easier.
 
The company recently announced its intent to virtually eliminate CO2 emissions from its factories and vehicles, and it’s about to flip the switch on a very tangible example of this effort. Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky., manufacturing plant will begin generating electricity from methane, a byproduct of trash decomposition at the nearby Central Kentucky Landfill on Nov. 23, 2015. ... more

For 740+ Kentucky Veterans, Toyota is a Great Place to Call Home

For 740+ Kentucky Veterans, Toyota is a Great Place to Call Home

November 11, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2015) The desert is a long way from home. 7,098 miles to be exact.

It’s been 25 years since Sgt. Tony Hendrichs stepped onto the sands of Saudi Arabia, where he spent eight months during Operation Desert Storm. As one of the first National Guard units to deploy from Kentucky, he wasn’t quite sure what to expect while serving his country overseas.

But one thing he could expect was a job to come home to.... more

The Compassionate Leader

The Compassionate Leader

October 20, 2015
When you talk to Wil James – the president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) – he gives you his undivided attention. He comes off as a man who genuinely cares about those around him, and as a leader who can galvanize people to do great things.... more

My Old Kentucky Homecoming: U.S. Lexus Production Begins in the Bluegrass State

My Old Kentucky Homecoming: U.S. Lexus Production Begins in the Bluegrass State

October 19, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Oct.  19, 2015) – Call it a homecoming. 

When Toyota introduced Lexus to the U.S. market in 1989, the Georgetown, Ky., plant – its first stand-alone vehicle manufacturing facility in America – was just in its second year of producing the Camry.
 
Fast forward 26 years and that same plant is celebrating the start of U.S. Lexus production.... more

Toyota Plows Ahead with New Production Engineering Building in Georgetown

Toyota Plows Ahead with New Production Engineering Building in Georgetown

August 18, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (August 18, 2015) – Sometimes a shovel just doesn’t cut it.

To break ground on its new production engineering campus in Georgetown today, Toyota called in a pro.  A 2015 TRD Pro Series Tundra, that is.... more

Making Memories: Family Summer Camp Creates Magical Moments for Children Facing Life-threatening Medical Conditions

Making Memories: Family Summer Camp Creates Magical Moments for Children Facing Life-threatening Medical Conditions

July 16, 2015
SCOTTSVILLE, KY (July 16, 2015) – Scottsville, Ky., may not sound like a magical vacation spot, but for the Collins family from Marietta, Ga., it is.

The Collins’ know when they roll through the gates of The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) the stresses of everyday life are on hold. This is their time, their place to enjoy the fun that families without medically fragile children do…free of charge.... more

Cars.com Names Toyota Camry as Most American-Made, Again!

Cars.com Names Toyota Camry as Most American-Made, Again!

June 29, 2015
ERLANGER, Ky., June 29, 2015 – The results are in, and Cars.com has named two Toyota models as most American-Made.
 
The Toyota Camry and the Toyota Sienna have claimed the top two spots, respectively, in the annual Cars.com American-Made Index. This marks Toyota’s return to the American-Made pinnacle for the first time in three years and the fifth time overall that Camry has been ranked number one on the index.... more

Focus on the Future: Kentucky, Toyota Expand Early Childhood Academies

Focus on the Future: Kentucky, Toyota Expand Early Childhood Academies

April 24, 2015
Frankfort, Ky. (April 24, 2015) – Preparing parents helps prepare students…which leads to a prepared workforce.
 
Today half of the children in Kentucky arrive at kindergarten unprepared. The United Way Born Learning Academies meet a critical need in Kentucky communities: helping parents turn everyday moments into learning opportunities to help prepare their kids for kindergarten and beyond.... more

Keep Calm and Stay Green

Keep Calm and Stay Green

April 16, 2015
ERLANGER, Ky. (April 16, 2015) – How will you make a positive impact on Earth Day?  Turn off the lights in an empty room?  Recycle?  Save water?
 
At Toyota, every day is Earth Day and the little things add up, especially when almost 43,000 team members across 14 North America manufacturing plants do them.  Such efforts have saved nearly $600 million since benchmarking began in 2002.
 
They’ve also resulted in Toyota’s 11th consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
 
Eleven consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are the most by any automaker.... more

Toyota to Realign Manufacturing Operations in North America

Toyota to Realign Manufacturing Operations in North America

April 15, 2015
PLANO, Texas, April 15, 2015 – Toyota today announced a multi-year plan to realign its manufacturing operations in North America in support of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), a comprehensive approach to achieving sustainable growth by making ever-better vehicles more efficiently.   
 
As part of this strategy, Toyota will invest approximately US$1 billion to construct its newest North American manufacturing facility in the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico to produce the Corolla.  This state-of-the-art plant will feature the latest TNGA production engineering innovations, employ approximately 2,000 team members and have the capacity to produce 200,000 units annually.  ... more

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