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Changing the Game: Toyota Employees Earn National  ‘Women in Manufacturing’ Award

Changing the Game: Toyota Employees Earn National ‘Women in Manufacturing’ Award

April 21, 2017
GEORGETOWN, Ky.  (April 21, 2017) – At a reception in Washington, D.C., Thursday, The Manufacturing Institute recognized 130 recipients of the Women in Manufacturing  STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award, including two women from Toyota.
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Celebrating 10 years, Toyota rolls out welcome mat, announces visitor center

Celebrating 10 years, Toyota rolls out welcome mat, announces visitor center

April 13, 2017
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss., (April 13, 2017) – Toyota is rolling out the welcome mat at its Blue Springs manufacturing facility. The automaker today announced it will build a nearly $10 million visitor and interactive training center that will offer public tours showcasing how nearly 2,000 Mississippians produce ever-better Corolla vehicles. That announcement came during a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the groundbreaking for Toyota Mississippi.... more

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

Fact Sheet: Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center

Fact Sheet: Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center

March 17, 2017
Toyota is donating its Quality & Production Engineering Laboratory facility in Erlanger, Kentucky, to create the Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center, a new STEAM-based education center to serve the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region. Ignite Institute will focus on project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, with real industry-case methodology, honing passion and direction for careers.  It will include the best aspects of innovative schools around the country.
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Huntsville to Hollywood

Huntsville to Hollywood

February 24, 2017
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (February 24, 2017) – If the 5 million engines that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama has produced over the past 14 years were lined up side by side, they would stretch from Huntsville to Los Angeles!  ... more

Toyota’s New Exhaust Purifying Catalyst Reduces Precious Metal Usage by 20 Percent

Toyota’s New Exhaust Purifying Catalyst Reduces Precious Metal Usage by 20 Percent

February 21, 2017
Toyota City, Japan, February 22, 2017 -- Toyota Motor Corporation announces the commercial availability of a new, smaller catalyst that uses 20 percent less precious metal in approximately 20 percent less volume, while maintaining the same exhaust gas purification performance. The design is the world’s first integrally-molded Flow Adjustable Design Cell (FLAD®) substrate, with a different cell cross-sectional area at the inner portion compared to that at the outer portion. Innovative design and manufacturing technologies have allowed for the mass production of the new catalyst, which will gradually be installed in new vehicle models, starting from the Lexus LC500h later this year.... more

Toyota Indiana Plant Rings in 2017 with New Jobs

Toyota Indiana Plant Rings in 2017 with New Jobs

January 24, 2017
Princeton, Ind. (Jan. 24, 2017) -- Toyota Indiana knows how to ring in the New Year!  The company will add 400 jobs at the plant in Princeton, investing $600 million to meet the strong and growing demand for the Highlander midsize SUV and modernize the entire plant.  The investment will be used for retooling, new equipment and advanced technologies to make the plant more competitive.  The project is scheduled to begin in fall 2019 and will add 40,000 Highlanders annually.
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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

A Serving of Manufacturing Know-How Helps Those in Need

A Serving of Manufacturing Know-How Helps Those in Need

December 21, 2016
Buffalo, W.Va. (Dec. 21, 2016) – Feed more people in need more efficiently.
 
That was the goal for team members from Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV), who recently shared manufacturing and process best practices with the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, W.Va. And thanks to the collaborative effort, the food bank is now set to operate more efficiently.
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How the Toyota Production System Can Make Planning and Delivering Your Thanksgiving Feast as Smooth as Granny's Gravy

How the Toyota Production System Can Make Planning and Delivering Your Thanksgiving Feast as Smooth as Granny's Gravy

November 21, 2016
“What is needed, when it’s needed, in the right quantity.” 

There’s a lot more to the Toyota Production System (TPS) than that, but that simple statement is the foundation of the “just in time” concept (definition below).  If it works for transmissions, engines and vehicles, can it work for your Turkey Day Feast?  Most definitely!... more

Toyota Opportunity Exchange: Matchmaking for Diverse Suppliers

Toyota Opportunity Exchange: Matchmaking for Diverse Suppliers

November 15, 2016
CINCINNATI (November 14, 2016) – Hundreds of Tier I suppliers occupy the trade show floor at Toyota’s Opportunity Exchange each year looking to make connections with women and minority-owned businesses. One of those is Multi-Training Systems of Southfield, Mich.... 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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Toyota Breaks Ground in Guanajuato

Toyota Breaks Ground in Guanajuato

November 14, 2016
Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato (Nov. 14, 2016) -- During a ceremony in Apaseo el Grande Toyota celebrated the groundbreaking of Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Guanajuato (TMMGT), its fifteenth manufacturing plant in North America.... more

Millennials & Manufacturers Mesh on Manufacturing Day at Toyota Bodine Aluminum

Millennials & Manufacturers Mesh on Manufacturing Day at Toyota Bodine Aluminum

October 07, 2016
What do you get when you engage 60 students, mentors, civic stakeholders and manufacturers?  A recipe to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. 

That’s what Manufacturing Day is all about.... more

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

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