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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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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

Toyota to Build RAV4s in Its Cambridge, Ontario Plant

Toyota to Build RAV4s in Its Cambridge, Ontario Plant

November 10, 2015
Cambridge, Nov. 10, 2015 -- Toyota announced today that it will produce RAV4 vehicles in its Cambridge North Assembly plant starting in 2019. With Lexus RX in Cambridge, and Toyota RAV4 in Woodstock and Cambridge, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) will become a North American hub for sport utility vehicles. The company also announced that it will be adding hybrid RAV4 production.... more

Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks

November 09, 2015
CINCINNATI (Nov. 9, 2015) – A diverse supplier chain often means innovation and cost savings – a combination that is good for business and the economy. Toyota has hosted its annual Opportunity Exchange for 26 years running – inviting Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBEs) to cultivate and strengthen relationships with Tier I (direct) suppliers at the free two-day event, happening Nov. 9 -10 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati.... more

Toyota Opportunity Exchange: Lower Costs and Boost Innovation

Toyota Opportunity Exchange: Lower Costs and Boost Innovation

October 27, 2015
Finding a competitive advantage is a must for any company to be successful. At Toyota’s annual Opportunity Exchange (OE), a trade fair for Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) to interact with Tier I suppliers, there are plenty of success stories. The key theme of these stories? Innovation leads to lower product costs resulting in more business.... 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

The Stork Has Nothing on Toyota Alabama: Team Members Welcome Arrival of 4 Millionth Engine

The Stork Has Nothing on Toyota Alabama: Team Members Welcome Arrival of 4 Millionth Engine

September 15, 2015
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Sept. 15, 2015) -- Like proud parents, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama team members happily welcomed the arrival of their 4 millionth engine yesterday.   ... more

Manufacturing Opportunities for Success: Toyota USA Foundation Announces $5.8 Million in Education Grants to Support the Future of America’s Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing Opportunities for Success: Toyota USA Foundation Announces $5.8 Million in Education Grants to Support the Future of America’s Manufacturing Industry

September 02, 2015
NEW YORK (September 2, 2015) – The Toyota USA Foundation, which supports the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, will provide $5.8 million in grants to create and strengthen pathways to manufacturing careers for high school and adult students, with a strong focus on women and diverse communities.... 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

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