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Powered by Passion: Toyota West Virginia Celebrates 20 Years

Powered by Passion: Toyota West Virginia Celebrates 20 Years

September 21, 2016
BUFFALO, W.Va. (September 21, 2016) – When Tim Bennett completed his 8-year service in the U.S. Army, there was only one place he wanted to raise his family: back home in West Virginia.

At the time, Bennett was training in Louisiana, a thousand miles from the Mountain State where he grew up. The distance, however, couldn’t keep news of a new opportunity near his hometown from making its way to the bayou. It was 1997 and Toyota was hiring for its newest American manufacturing plant, a $400 million facility with capacity to produce 300,000 four-cylinder engines annually.... more

Toyota Ramps Up Truck Production

Toyota Ramps Up Truck Production

September 14, 2016
PLANO, Texas (Sept. 14, 2016) – Toyota announced it will increase Tacoma’s production by more than 60,000 trucks annually at its Baja California, Mexico facility in 2018.  The increased volume will add approximately 400 jobs and inject about $150 million in new investment.  Since November 2011, Toyota has announced expansions to its North American operations, resulting in over 7,000 new jobs and a total of about $3.7 billion in additional investments.... more

The Truck Whisperer

The Truck Whisperer

September 06, 2016
At the Toyota Technical Center in York Township, Mich., Mike Sweers serves as the chief engineer for both the Tundra and Tacoma.  Take a ride to Southeastern Michigan to find out a little more about the life of a chief engineer and what goes into making Toyota trucks the toughest on the road. ... more

Toyota Engineers Easier Access for Child Safety Seat Mounts

Toyota Engineers Easier Access for Child Safety Seat Mounts

September 01, 2016
Toyota already has more vehicles rated as Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick + by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other automaker1, but now they have yet another rating to add to the list of accolades, an IIHS Good+ rating for Child Safety Seat Ease-of-Use.
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Engineers of Tomorrow: Toyota Helps Michigan Science Center ‘Catch ‘Em All’

Engineers of Tomorrow: Toyota Helps Michigan Science Center ‘Catch ‘Em All’

July 21, 2016
Detroit (July 21, 2016) -- Inspiring today’s students to become tomorrow’s science and engineering leaders is something Toyota believes is critical to society. Whether it’s autonomous cars, flying cars or something that has yet to be envisioned, the future of mobility depends on sparking children’s interests in engineering and science careers.... more

The Electrochemical Society and Toyota North America Announce 2016-2017 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

The Electrochemical Society and Toyota North America Announce 2016-2017 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

July 15, 2016
Pennington, N.J.  (July 15, 2016) -- The ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Selection Committee has selected three recipients who will receive a minimum of $50,000 each for fellowships for projects in green energy technology. The winners are Professor Elizabeth Biddinger, City College of New York; Professor Joaquin Rodriguez Lopez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Professor Joshua Snyder, Drexel University.... more

Elbow Grease: TMMWV Team Members Volunteer to Help Flood Victims Dig Out

Elbow Grease: TMMWV Team Members Volunteer to Help Flood Victims Dig Out

July 13, 2016
Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) team member Tony Perry is known as “the Refrigerator.”
 
Perry, you see, has the strength and stomach to remove refrigerators and freezers from homes devastated by a record-breaking flood in Clendenin, W.Va., about 60 miles east of TMMWV. He’s one of more than 100 team members who have volunteered to help residents in the aftermath of the June 23 thunderstorms that dropped some 10 inches of rain in only a few hours. The adjoining Elk River rose more than 27 feet, coating the town of 1,200 residents in mud and claiming 25 lives.... more

Norm!

Norm!

July 07, 2016
You can call him the Sultan of Sequoia, the Head Honcho of Highlander, the Sire of the Sienna, but Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana President Norm Bafunno has no problem talking sports, family and misfiring a few thousand emails.
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Toyota Leads Auto Industry in Innovation, Again!

Toyota Leads Auto Industry in Innovation, Again!

June 30, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 30, 2016) – Whether it’s creating artificial skin for pedestrian safety mannequins, helping autonomous vehicles detect and safely react to emergency vehicles or fabrics that clean themselves, Toyota leads the way in anticipating and engineering the cars of tomorrow for today.... more

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

From Cotton Field to Engine Capital of the World: Toyota Alabama Operates on All Cylinders

From Cotton Field to Engine Capital of the World: Toyota Alabama Operates on All Cylinders

June 21, 2016
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., (June 21, 2016) -- Huntsville has long been known for engines…rocket engines that is.  But today, it is well on its way to earning the title as "engine capital of the world" thanks to the more than 4.5 million engines produced at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama.... 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

Forget Horsepower, Toyota Indiana Plant Powered by People

Forget Horsepower, Toyota Indiana Plant Powered by People

May 25, 2016
Over the past 20 years, Toyota Indiana has built 4.45 million vehicles. But it isn’t the planning, engineering, problem solving or high-pace of the assembly line that stands out to Norm Bafunno, the plant’s president. It’s the people.
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Toyota Opens New Engine Plant in Porto Feliz, São Paulo

Toyota Opens New Engine Plant in Porto Feliz, São Paulo

May 10, 2016
São Paulo, May 10, 2016 -- Today, Toyota do Brasil LTDA (TDB) officially opens its new engine manufacturing facility in the city of Porto Feliz. Built on a plot of land that covers an area of 872,500 m2 (9.39 million sq. ft.), the new facility represents an investment of 18 billion JPY (conversion to 580 million Brazilian R$ or 170 million USD) and approximately 320 direct jobs in the region. With this new manufacturing operation, Toyota reinforces its commitment to the Brazilian economy and increases its support for Latin America and the Caribbean region as a whole. In this, the company remains steadfast to a corporate mission of the betterment of society.... more

Charging Ahead

Charging Ahead

May 04, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (May 4, 2016) -- For anyone (i.e. everyone) who’s ever panicked when their mobile device chirped, “low battery,” the future could be far less stressful, thanks to the advanced battery research of scientists at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA). A new breakthrough involving magnesium batteries may soon open the doors for smaller, longer-lasting batteries for everything from cars to cell phones.
 
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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

TMMTX Manufactures Clean Water, Power . . . and Trucks

TMMTX Manufactures Clean Water, Power . . . and Trucks

April 22, 2016
San Antonio, Texas (Apr. 22, 2016) -- At Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX), Earth Day is every day. The plant, which builds both the Tundra and Tacoma trucks, recycles 1.2 million gallons of water. Every. Day. By cleaning the water received from San Antonio Water Systems, using it, then cleaning it again, TMMTX has been returning better quality water than it received from the system since 2007. While that amount of water recycling is a tremendous achievement, it is not the stopping point for sustainability at TMMTX.
 
TMMTX’s newest project, a partnership with CPS Energy, will see two acres of solar panels installed on the TMMTX campus. The solar panels will be located near the plant’s Visitor and Education Center, providing an education opportunity for the thousand-plus visitors who tour the plant monthly.... more

Turning Young Car Tinkerers into Advanced Automobile Technicians, Toyota Donates 45 Engines to Area Tech Schools in North Alabama

Turning Young Car Tinkerers into Advanced Automobile Technicians, Toyota Donates 45 Engines to Area Tech Schools in North Alabama

April 15, 2016
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., (April 15, 2016) --  High school technical schools in six counties recently got a lot of “educational horsepower”  delivered as Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama donated 45 engines manufactured at its Huntsville plant.  The donated V6 engines were built on Toyota Alabama’s newest production line.    ... 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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Toyota Suppliers Recognized for Superior Performance At Annual Event

Toyota Suppliers Recognized for Superior Performance At Annual Event

March 16, 2016
ERLANGER, Ky. (March 16, 2016)  – Toyota suppliers FUEL TOTAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION of Lebanon, KY; OTICS, USA, Inc. of Morristown, TN; Somic America, Inc. of Brewer, ME; Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. of Bowling Green, KY; and Taiho Manufacturing of Tennessee LLC of Gordonsville, TN; received the company’s highest supplier recognition, the Superior Award for Quality during its Annual Supplier Business Meeting Tuesday, March 15, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.  One supplier, NORTH AMERICAN LIGHTING, MÉXICO-SAN LUIS POTOSÍ, SLC, received the Superior Award for Launch Performance.... more

The Man Behind Ergoman

The Man Behind Ergoman

March 03, 2016
TMMAL had an ergonomics problem. Bernard Berry had a talent for drawing. Put them together and Berry’s cast of comic book heroes are taking a big bite out of bad posture.
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Toyota’s Engine

Toyota’s Engine

February 25, 2016
When Jim Bolte first began dating his wife, Tami, in college, there was a bit of a language barrier.
See, Tami, was a sign language major.

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