Boost Creates Approximately 400 New Jobs and $150 Million Investment
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.
Current production for Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC) is over 100,000 Tacomas and truck beds per year. This change will allow TMMBC to produce approximately 160,000 units in late 2017 / early 2018 – running three crews, three shifts per day. TMMBC currently employs over 1,100 team members.
“Demand for trucks has grown exponentially,” said Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor North America CEO. “By leveraging our manufacturing facilities’ availability and expertise; we can be nimbler and better adjust to market needs in a just-in-time manner. We appreciate the efforts of our team members in San Antonio and Baja California plants who continue to deliver not only more volume for our dealers and customers, but the highest quality trucks day in and day out.”
TMMBC’s expansion will benefit Toyota customers and dealers by helping meet the truck market’s growing demand. It will also positively impact Toyota’s supplier partners with the additional volume.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.5 million in the U.S.) in 2015 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
Juan Carlos Medina