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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

Making Memories: Family Summer Camp Creates Magical Moments for Children Facing Life-threatening Medical Conditions

Making Memories: Family Summer Camp Creates Magical Moments for Children Facing Life-threatening Medical Conditions

July 16, 2015
SCOTTSVILLE, KY (July 16, 2015) – Scottsville, Ky., may not sound like a magical vacation spot, but for the Collins family from Marietta, Ga., it is.

The Collins’ know when they roll through the gates of The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) the stresses of everyday life are on hold. This is their time, their place to enjoy the fun that families without medically fragile children do…free of charge.... more

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

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

July 15, 2015
Pennington, N.J. (July 15, 2015) -- The ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Selection Committee has selected three recipients who will receive $50,000 each for the inaugural fellowships for projects in green energy technology. The winners are Professor Patrick Cappillino, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Professor Yogesh (Yogi) Surendranath, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Professor David Go, University of Notre Dame.
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Cars.com Names Toyota Camry as Most American-Made, Again!

Cars.com Names Toyota Camry as Most American-Made, Again!

June 29, 2015
ERLANGER, Ky., June 29, 2015 – The results are in, and Cars.com has named two Toyota models as most American-Made.
 
The Toyota Camry and the Toyota Sienna have claimed the top two spots, respectively, in the annual Cars.com American-Made Index. This marks Toyota’s return to the American-Made pinnacle for the first time in three years and the fifth time overall that Camry has been ranked number one on the index.... more

Slim Jims and Side Curtains: Toyota Celebrates 20 Years of Patented North American Innovation

Slim Jims and Side Curtains: Toyota Celebrates 20 Years of Patented North American Innovation

June 15, 2015
Ann Arbor, Mich. (June 15, 2015) -- In 1995, breaking into a car wasn’t all that complicated. Slide a “slim jim” between the doorframe and the glass, give it a tug and that’s all she wrote. Over time, carmakers developed countermeasures to keep would-be bandits at bay. Some worked and some didn’t...but they all added cost to the vehicles and complexity to the manufacturing process.

Toyota engineer Norm Kerr, III, had a better idea.... more

Toyota Breaks Ground on Expansion in Michigan at Toyota Technical Center

Toyota Breaks Ground on Expansion in Michigan at Toyota Technical Center

June 11, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 11, 2015) – With the push of a plow by a 2015 Tundra TRD Pro, Toyota officially broke ground today on the expansion of the Toyota Technical Center (TTC) in Michigan. The ceremony at Toyota’s campus in York Township marks the first visible step toward its growing investment and employment in the state while strengthening its North American research and development operations.... more

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Toyota Mississippi

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Toyota Mississippi

June 10, 2015
Blue Springs, Miss., June 10, 2015 – Toyota Mississippi today celebrated Special Olympics athletes at its Blue Springs, Miss., production facility. Local athlete Justin Rosenthal, who will be competing in golf at this year’s world games, participated by cheering on Toyota team members and Vice President Sean Suggs as they carried the Flame of Hope in a one-mile torch run on its way to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.... more

Community Commitment: Toyota Hires Local Grads from Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program

Community Commitment: Toyota Hires Local Grads from Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program

May 19, 2015
SAN ANTONIO (May 19, 2015) – Two years ago Toyota Texas and Alamo Colleges invested in Bexar County’s future workforce. Today that collaboration started to pay big dividends.... more

Move over Burton, Busch and Bowyer…the Engineers are in Town

Move over Burton, Busch and Bowyer…the Engineers are in Town

May 14, 2015
BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 14, 2015) – You can’t build great cars without great engineers, so Toyota is always on the hunt.

One of the best opportunities to do that? The Formula SAE competition held each spring at Michigan International Speedway.... more

Toyota U.S. Operations 2015 Brochure

Toyota U.S. Operations 2015 Brochure

May 05, 2015

Toyota Engineers to Drive One Lap of America Endurance Race

Toyota Engineers to Drive One Lap of America Endurance Race

April 28, 2015
ERLANGER, Ky., April 28, 2015 -- Although you won’t see Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, or Farrah Fawcett in the 2015 One Lap of America endurance race, the stars of the 1981 movie, Cannonball Run, would find it eerily familiar to their script.  The Car and Driver magazine writer and auto racer Brock Yates, who wrote the screenplay, based it upon his experiences organizing the race four times between 1971 and 1979.  Yates’ idea evolved into the One Lap of America, gaining legitimacy along the way.  It is now run by his son Brock Yates, Jr. ... more

Focus on the Future: Kentucky, Toyota Expand Early Childhood Academies

Focus on the Future: Kentucky, Toyota Expand Early Childhood Academies

April 24, 2015
Frankfort, Ky. (April 24, 2015) – Preparing parents helps prepare students…which leads to a prepared workforce.
 
Today half of the children in Kentucky arrive at kindergarten unprepared. The United Way Born Learning Academies meet a critical need in Kentucky communities: helping parents turn everyday moments into learning opportunities to help prepare their kids for kindergarten and beyond.... more

Keep Calm and Stay Green

Keep Calm and Stay Green

April 16, 2015
ERLANGER, Ky. (April 16, 2015) – How will you make a positive impact on Earth Day?  Turn off the lights in an empty room?  Recycle?  Save water?
 
At Toyota, every day is Earth Day and the little things add up, especially when almost 43,000 team members across 14 North America manufacturing plants do them.  Such efforts have saved nearly $600 million since benchmarking began in 2002.
 
They’ve also resulted in Toyota’s 11th consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
 
Eleven consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are the most by any automaker.... more

Toyota Realinea Operaciones de Manufactura en Norteamérica

Toyota Realinea Operaciones de Manufactura en Norteamérica

April 15, 2015
PLANO, Texas. (Abril 15, 2015) – Toyota anunció hoy una estrategia a largo plazo para realinear sus operaciones de manufactura en Norteamérica como parte de la Nueva Arquitectura Global de Toyota (Toyota New Global Architecture, TNGA, por sus siglas en inglés), un enfoque de producción orientado a lograr un crecimiento sustentable mediante una fabricación más eficiente de mejores vehículos.

Toyota invertirá aproximadamente mil millones de dólares como parte de esta estrategia, para construir sus instalaciones más nuevas de Norteamérica en el estado de Guanajuato, en la región centro de México, para producir el Corolla.
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Toyota to Realign Manufacturing Operations in North America

Toyota to Realign Manufacturing Operations in North America

April 15, 2015
PLANO, Texas, April 15, 2015 – Toyota today announced a multi-year plan to realign its manufacturing operations in North America in support of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), a comprehensive approach to achieving sustainable growth by making ever-better vehicles more efficiently.   
 
As part of this strategy, Toyota will invest approximately US$1 billion to construct its newest North American manufacturing facility in the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico to produce the Corolla.  This state-of-the-art plant will feature the latest TNGA production engineering innovations, employ approximately 2,000 team members and have the capacity to produce 200,000 units annually.  ... more

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