Home to many firsts, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) was the inaugural wholly-owned plant in the U.S., the first to assemble the Toyota Camry, and will soon become the first to assemble hydrogen fuel cell modules for use in heavy duty commercial trucks. Since starting production 35 years ago, TMMK has built more than 13 million vehicles and nearly 14 million powertrain units.
At TMMK, employees use high-tech manufacturing systems to produce some of the most popular vehicles in the world, including the Toyota Camry and the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. With Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), TMMK makes ever-better vehicles through smarter, more flexible manufacturing and innovation.
Not only does the plant assemble vehicles, but it also manufactures various engines and powertrain parts, including axles, steering components, machined blocks, and cylinder heads. The 9,000-plus team members at the plant can produce up to 550,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines a year.
To help reduce carbon emissions, TMMK teamed up with a local landfill in 2015 to collect methane gas, a by-product of trash decomposition, and convert it into energy. The plant’s on-site generator converts collected methane into energy, which is then fed to TMMK via a 6.5-mile underground line. In addition, to support water conservation efforts, TMMK uses recycled water for many of its manufacturing processes. The plant receives over 1 million gallons of water each day, cleans it at on-site processing plants, uses it in processes, cleans it again and sends it back to the local water utility.
Not only is Toyota Kentucky committed to producing high-quality vehicles and reducing the impact of its operations on the environment, but it also seeks to be a vehicle of change throughout the Commonwealth. Since 1986, Toyota has invested more than $147 million in numerous nonprofit partners across Kentucky.
Learn more about TMMK here.
Originally published September 16, 2021