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Rally On! TTC Rally Team Finishes 2nd in Final Stage Rally Event of 2014

Rally On! TTC Rally Team Finishes 2nd in Final Stage Rally Event of 2014

October 31, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich,. Oct. 31, 2014 - For the second time this season, the Toyota Technical Center Rally Team (TTCRT) hit the stage rally circuit, this time in Houghton, Mich. for the 2014 Lake Superior Performance Rally.

After a confidence building performance in July’s New England Forest Rally, the team, comprised entirely of Toyota engineering team members, headed to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with hopes of continued improvement and gained experience. What they accomplished, however, was a 2nd place finish -- besting the only other OEM rally team and 14 other teams in the process.... more

Who Says It's Not Easy Being Green?

Who Says It's Not Easy Being Green?

October 30, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Oct. 30, 2014) – Not only is Toyota Alabama a global leader in building world-class engines, but it has also become a leader in environmental excellence. The Huntsville plant received recognition for five environmental awards this week, further demonstrating the facility’s commitment to minimize its environmental footprint.   ... more

Building More Than Cars:  Toyota Opportunity Exchange Brings Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) into Automotive Game

Building More Than Cars: Toyota Opportunity Exchange Brings Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) into Automotive Game

October 28, 2014
CINCINNATI (Oct. 28, 2014) – Kevin Shurn operated his business from a two-bedroom apartment when he attended Toyota’s first-ever Opportunity Exchange in 1990. Three years later, he secured his first contract, providing janitorial services to Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky., plant. Today, his Elizabethtown, Ky.-based Superior Maintenance Co. has more than 500 employees, serving Toyota manufacturing facilities in Kentucky, Indiana and Texas.... more

Paving the Way: Toyota’s First Hispanic Woman Direct Tier I Supplier Calls Opportunity Exchange 'Key to Growth'

Paving the Way: Toyota’s First Hispanic Woman Direct Tier I Supplier Calls Opportunity Exchange 'Key to Growth'

September 30, 2014
This story is about the road taken.  Rosa Santana is the first Hispanic woman to own a business serving as a direct Tier I supplier to Toyota. And her path was paved by the automaker’s Opportunity Exchange – an annual two-day event that provides minority-owned businesses the chance to network with direct suppliers.... more

Big Brothers Big Sisters and Toyota Indiana Address Needs of Children and Families

Big Brothers Big Sisters and Toyota Indiana Address Needs of Children and Families

September 09, 2014
PRINCETON, Ind. -  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley has partnered with Toyota Indiana to give children in Gibson County the opportunity to have a long-lasting relationship with a mentor. The mentoring program will offer North Gibson School Corporation students a chance to have one-on-one mentoring sessions during the school day.... more

Toyota Continues to Grow Its Investment in Michigan

Toyota Continues to Grow Its Investment in Michigan

August 26, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 26, 2014 – Toyota will move forward with the planning of its new facility on the York Township, Mich., campus of the Toyota Technical Center to accommodate approximately 250 direct procurement positions currently based in Kentucky following approval of state and local incentives announced today by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and York Township.... more

Toyota Indiana Adding 300 Jobs to Build More Highlanders

Toyota Indiana Adding 300 Jobs to Build More Highlanders

August 22, 2014
PRINCETON, Ind., Aug. 22, 2014 – The regional economy is about to get a boost because Toyota Indiana is on the grow again.  The plant will invest $100 million and add 300 jobs by summer 2016 to boost production of the popular Highlander midsize sport utility vehicle. This expansion will bring Toyota Indiana’s overall investment to $4 billion. This step allows Toyota to utilize existing capacity in North America while providing additional flexibility to adjust our product mix to meet changing customer demand.... more

Annual Event Supplies Plenty of Opportunity

Annual Event Supplies Plenty of Opportunity

August 19, 2014
When Tierra Kavanaugh Turner first came to the Opportunity Exchange (OE) more than a decade ago, she didn’t have the capacity or resources to be a supplier to Toyota. But that wasn’t about to stop her. So she continued to come, year after year.

“They identified areas I needed to strengthen and improve – increasing staff, documenting processes, and exploring potential strategic alliances,” says Turner, owner of TKT & Associates, Inc. and TKT-nectir Global Staffing, LLC.  “In the interim I worked with their suppliers to gain specific industry experience and scale.”... more

From Here to Outer Space: 2015 Toyota Sienna Inspires Unexpected Adventures

From Here to Outer Space: 2015 Toyota Sienna Inspires Unexpected Adventures

July 17, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (July 17, 2014) – A toddler rockets into space. A family’s imagination runs wild. A father begins a curious conversation. With a little creativity, some CGI effects and a bit of ironic humor, the redesigned 2015 Toyota Sienna is the star of the show. For the first time, Toyota is revealing a new vehicle completely online, introducing the 2015 Sienna van today through the eyes of three creative, social media-savvy parents. In a series of custom videos, these parents bring to life the everyday and sometimes unexpected adventures possible in and around the Sienna.... more

Toyota Technology Lays Foundation for Future Corollas

Toyota Technology Lays Foundation for Future Corollas

July 08, 2014
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (July 8, 2014) – Four local organizations benefitted from the donation of vehicles from Toyota Mississippi today. The cars, valued at nearly $103,000 are one way Toyota Mississippi supports organizations in the community.... more

How is Toyota Mississippi Turning Blue Springs Green?

How is Toyota Mississippi Turning Blue Springs Green?

July 07, 2014
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (July 7, 2014) – A pavilion, a play structure and a community garden are just some of the features that are included in the plans for the Toyota-Blue Springs Water Garden and Education Park. Sean Suggs, vice president of administration for Toyota Mississippi, and Rita Gentry, mayor of Blue Springs, unveiled the park design today at a ceremony in downtown Blue Springs.... more

Toyota Increases Scholarship Support for Children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen

Toyota Increases Scholarship Support for Children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen

June 26, 2014
San Diego, CA (June 26, 2014) – As many as 300 new higher education scholarships will be created for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen over the next five years as a result of an additional $1.35 million contribution from Toyota to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships for military children. Toyota has supported the Scholarship Foundation since 2004, and today’s gift brings Toyota’s total investment in the Foundation to more than $3 million. ... more

When Cars and Roads Communicate, Everybody Wins

When Cars and Roads Communicate, Everybody Wins

June 20, 2014
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (June 20, 2014) -- Hideki Hada has worked in the automotive industry since 1989. During that time, he has seen increased concern from the government and people when it comes to automotive safety. As these concerns have risen, Hideki’s have risen with them. That is why in 2004 he joined Toyota Technical Center (TTC) as a Senior Engineer for the creation of government –industry collaborative projects to develop new wireless technologies for advancing active safety systems. Ten years later, Hideki is the General Manager of the Integrated Vehicle Systems Department at TTC.... more

If Your Hybrid is Even More Efficient in the Future, Thank This Guy

If Your Hybrid is Even More Efficient in the Future, Thank This Guy

June 20, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 20, 2014) --  Eric Dede has always been interested in the future. Futuristic concepts such as space and astronautics have always consumed Eric’s attention. That’s how he ended up as a senior engineer for the University of Michigan’s Space Physics Research laboratory. It’s also why he is now a Manager of the Electronics Research Department (ERD) at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), where his main responsibilities are the development of elemental technologies for future hybrid vehicle power electronic systems. TTC, Toyota’s North American R&D center, is a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA).... more

Toyota Continues to Be a Leader in Automotive R&D Patents

Toyota Continues to Be a Leader in Automotive R&D Patents

June 20, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 20, 2014)  – The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued 1,355 patents to Toyota’s innovative engineers and scientists in 2013.  The patents issued to Toyota companies further demonstrate Toyota’s commitment to ever better vehicles that achieve new environmental, innovation and safety technological advancements.... more

Toyota, Suppliers Disaster Relief Giving Nears $86,000

Toyota, Suppliers Disaster Relief Giving Nears $86,000

June 19, 2014
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (June 19, 2014) – In the aftermath of the April 28 tornado that struck Northeast Mississippi, Toyota asked how they could help those in need. The answer shaped itself in the form of almost $86,000 donated by Toyota, near site suppliers and team members.... more

Toyota Produces First Car at New Kentucky Plant [1988]

Toyota Produces First Car at New Kentucky Plant [1988]

May 29, 2014
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, MAY 26, 1988 -- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc., today reached a major milestone at the new $1.1 billion automobile manufacturing complex in Georgetown, Kentucky. An internal employee ceremony attended by approximately 1,100 employees celebrated the first Toyota Camry produced in Kentucky using newly installed equipment, processes, and the dedicated efforts of an American work force.... more

Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Vehicle Made in Kentucky; First Camry Rolled Off Line at Georgetown Plant in 1988

Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Vehicle Made in Kentucky; First Camry Rolled Off Line at Georgetown Plant in 1988

May 29, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (May 29, 2014) – Avery Bussell Jr. always thought he’d be a farmer.  However, with times on the family farm a little tough in 1988, the 22-year-old threw his name into the mix for a job at a new company that was setting up shop 55 miles away – Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK).

One small problem: he was one of over 100,000 others who were applying for about 3,000 jobs.... more

Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program Appeals to Students and Addresses Industry Needs

Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program Appeals to Students and Addresses Industry Needs

May 23, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (May 23, 2014) – Proving that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama has partnered to launch a new, innovative education-to-work initiative with Calhoun Community College to further enhance Alabama’s future work force for years to come.... more

Toyota Statement Regarding Camry Production

Toyota Statement Regarding Camry Production

May 09, 2014
ERLANGER, Ky. (May 9, 2014) – Toyota has confirmed that Camry production at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) will end in Fall 2016.  The Camry volume produced at SIA will be absorbed by Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.  Toyota appreciates SIA’s commitment to building high quality Camrys since 2007.... more

Toyota Celebrates A Decade of Energy Excellence

Toyota Celebrates A Decade of Energy Excellence

April 24, 2014
ERLANGER, Ky. (April 24, 2014) – What do the cities of Dallas, Texas and Oakland, Calif. have in common?  A lot, according to Toyota’s engineers, despite the two cities being separated by nearly 1,700 miles with different demographics and industries.... more

Toyota Technical Center Announces Promotion of Fifth American Chief Engineer

Toyota Technical Center Announces Promotion of Fifth American Chief Engineer

April 15, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich. (April 15, 2014) - As a boy, Monte Kaehr was always curious how things work.  Once the item of choice was disassembled he would try to put it back together to make it even better.  This mindset is the core of what engineers do, so it seemed only natural to pursue a career in engineering.... more

Paving the Road to Zero Waste at Toyota’s Indiana Plant

Paving the Road to Zero Waste at Toyota’s Indiana Plant

April 10, 2014
How do you turn manufacturing sludge into a sustainable building material? Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) offers a “concrete” example.... more

Toyota to Fund Film with Kentucky Commission on Women

Toyota to Fund Film with Kentucky Commission on Women

March 18, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. – (March 18, 2014) – Kentucky’s place in the history books is often held by men: Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, Henry Clay and Muhammad Ali, to name a few.  A new partnership between Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. and the Kentucky Commission on Women will take aim at this oversight and tell the stories of women who have made great contributions to society and whose impacts continue to affect us today.... more

Toyota Plant Partners with Kentucky State University to Develop Top-Notch Mechanical-Engineering Students

Toyota Plant Partners with Kentucky State University to Develop Top-Notch Mechanical-Engineering Students

March 18, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. – (March 18, 2014) – A unique scholarship program was unveiled today that matches Toyota’s need for mechanical engineers with that of top incoming students at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. 
 
The Toyota Engineering Scholarship program – made possible via a five-year, $375,000 grant from the automaker – will tie in directly with its manufacturing operations in Georgetown, Ky., 21 miles from Frankfort.  Through this program, Toyota will develop a deeper and richer pipeline to employ students with engineering degrees.... more

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