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Greenbacks for Green Ideas

Greenbacks for Green Ideas

December 19, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Dec. 19, 2014) – The Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing of North America (TEMA), in partnership with The Electrochemical Society (ECS) is requesting proposals from young professors and scholars pursuing innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology.... more

More Toyota in the Motor City

More Toyota in the Motor City

December 18, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Dec. 18, 2014) – Toyota announced today that it is planning another expansion of its Southeast Michigan R&D campuses. This marks the third time in just over a year that Toyota has announced plans to increase employment and investment in Michigan. Today’s announcement features a total investment of $126 million for the expansion of Toyota’s powertrain operations at its Ann Arbor campus and the consolidation of vehicle development operations at a new facility on its York Township campus.... more

Toyota’s 360 Watch on Water

Toyota’s 360 Watch on Water

December 04, 2014
When it comes to stewardship of that most precious liquid H2O, Toyota’s approach is anything but watered down. 
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From Backing Biodiversity to Leading on LEED: Toyota Tackles Environmental Priorities

From Backing Biodiversity to Leading on LEED: Toyota Tackles Environmental Priorities

December 03, 2014
Who isn’t worried about water these days? Concerned about carbon? Count us in.

That’s why we've sold more than 2.4 million Toyota and Lexus hybrids in North America, which save approximately 500 million gallons of gasoline annually.... more

Driving Diversity Forward

Driving Diversity Forward

November 19, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Nov. 19, 2014) – John Stallworth, Liz Hurley, Lee Marshall and Dr. Helen McAlpine are just a few of the Huntsville area speakers who participated in a diversity focused event Nov.13 at Toyota Alabama. More than 20 representatives from Toyota affiliates across North America traveled to Huntsville to attend the annual event. Toyota Alabama also donated $2,000 to each of the speakers’ affiliated non-profit organizations, including the John Stallworth Foundation, Kids to Love, J.F. Drake State Technical College Foundation and the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund.     ... more

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. Celebrates Production of First Transmission for Latest Expansion

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. Celebrates Production of First Transmission for Latest Expansion

November 10, 2014
Buffalo, W.Va., Nov. 10, 2014 -- The Toyota plant in Buffalo, W.Va. has celebrated many “firsts” in its 18 year history, and today marked yet another milestone as the first 6 speed high torque automatic transmission rolled off their second Automatic Transmission Line.... more

Horsin’ Around In The Sand

Horsin’ Around In The Sand

November 06, 2014
As a young girl living on a farm in southern Indiana, Samantha Stone helped train and show performance horses at local and regional competitions, often with great success. This success and passion led Stone to one day dream of showcasing the beauty and power of horses throughout the country.
 
However, now an engineer in Toyota’s Vehicle Planning/Production Engineer division, it’s a different kind of horsepower that gets Stone’s heart pounding.... more

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

Toyota Indiana Supports 39 Ways to Improve Our Community

Toyota Indiana Supports 39 Ways to Improve Our Community

October 28, 2014
PRINCETON, Ind. – What do Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation, Gibson County Horticultural Society, Habitat for Humanity and Youth First have in common?  They are among 39 organizations that received funding from Toyota Indiana this quarter. The second quarter donations totaled $100,000.
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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

Toyota Volunteers Lend 200 Hands for Public Lands Day

Toyota Volunteers Lend 200 Hands for Public Lands Day

October 07, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2014) – On Sunday, tree planting and painting were among a long list of completed projects following Toyota’s annual volunteer day at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salato Wildlife Education Center. In celebration of National Public Lands Day (NPLD), over 100 people pitched in to complete an estimated one year’s worth of work in about four hours.   ... 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

Toyota Welcomes Two New On-Site Suppliers to Its Team

Toyota Welcomes Two New On-Site Suppliers to Its Team

September 12, 2014
SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 12, 2014) – Bienvenidos! Welcome!  Yokoso!

Toyota today introduced Forma Automotive LLC and ASI to its team of on-site suppliers as a result of continued high truck demand, solidifying Team Texas’s long-term commitment to the city’s South Side.  ... 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

26 Years After Building the First Camry, Toyota Team Member Parks the 10-Millionth in His Driveway

26 Years After Building the First Camry, Toyota Team Member Parks the 10-Millionth in His Driveway

August 27, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) – They say hard work is its own reward, but getting the keys to a new car makes it even better. Just ask Tom Keith. He was the envy of all 7,000 Toyota Georgetown team members when the company announced he had won a 2014 Camry in a random drawing of team members during a ceremony Wednesday, August 27. This wasn’t just any white Camry, this was the 10-millionth vehicle made at the plant since the first Camry rolled off the line in 1988 (another white Camry). Tom Keith is a team member in the Quality Control Department and has been with the company for 26 years.... 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

A Commitment to the Future Workforce

A Commitment to the Future Workforce

August 19, 2014
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. (August 19, 2014) – Last spring, Dr. Jo Harris had a hunch.
 
As president of the newly formed BridgeValley Community and Technical College, she oversaw the merger of Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley Colleges, building on the strengths of both institutions.  Dr. Harris’ hunch: that when good ideas are shared among the two colleges, that great things can happen.
 
Today, her hunch became a reality.... 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

Driving It Home

Driving It Home

August 05, 2014
ADDISON, Texas (August 5, 2014) – Toyota, Diversity in Promotions (DIP) and the Dallas–Ft. Worth Minority Supplier Diversity Council (DFW MSDC) are pleased to announce Toyota’s Supplier Diversity Exchange Event, Aug. 13, in Plano, Texas.
 
This event is designed to help Toyota identify certified minority- or women-owned suppliers for various construction phases of its new corporate campus in Plano, Texas. Suppliers wishing to participate must meet the prequalification criteria per trade category, some of which have general contractor implications. Suppliers can obtain specifics by contacting DIP, DFW MSDC or by filling out the pre-qualification registration form.... 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

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