David Finch to help carry out $288 million expansion at Huntsville engine plant

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., (May 20, 2019) Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today announced that David Finch has been promoted to president at its Huntsville engine plant, effective July 1, 2019.

Finch first joined Toyota in 1991 at its South Africa Motors facility. In his 28 years with the company, he has held many leadership roles including positions in quality assurance, assembly and manufacturing. This past March he joined Toyota Alabama (TMMAL) as vice president, administration, manufacturing and manufacturing support.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead Toyota Alabama,” Finch said. “Since joining the team earlier this year, I have seen firsthand the commitment our workforce makes to meet customer demand while focusing on quality and safety. I am excited to be a part of this plant and the community.”

Current president, David Fernandes, will transition to his new role as senior vice president of manufacturing at Toyota South Africa Motors, after three years of strong leadership at TMMAL.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to be a part of the continued growth and development of this plant, which is a direct result of our team members’ hard work and dedication,” said Fernandes, TMMAL president. “The ongoing support we’ve received from community partners and elected officials has also created an environment for our plant to thrive.”

Under Fernandes’ leadership, the plant launched a new engine line and produced nearly 2 million engines.

In March, TMMAL announced its fifth expansion, a $288 million investment and 450 new jobs, increasing the plant’s total investment to $1.2 billion with approximately 1,800 team members by 2021.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018.

Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

Kim Ogle
Toyota Alabama


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