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Mazda Toyota Plant Paving the Way for Groundbreaking Future

Mazda Toyota Plant Paving the Way for Groundbreaking Future

November 16, 2018
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Nov. 16, 2018) -- Today in Huntsville, the first shovel of dirt was turned on what will become a jointly owned-and-operated automotive production plant that will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles a year, beginning in 2021.  Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. (MTMUS) is expected to create 4,000 jobs, with a $1.6 billion investment split by the two companies.
The plant will build Toyota’s Corolla, whose all-new 2020 model was unveiled yesterday in California, and Mazda’s yet-to-be revealed crossover model.... more

Toyota Production Workers Oppose Tariffs

Toyota Production Workers Oppose Tariffs

July 19, 2018
WASHINGTON (July 19, 2018) —Dozens of employees from Toyota’s 10 U.S. assembly plants were in Washington, D.C., today to oppose the government’s threat to impose a 25% tariff on imported vehicles and parts. They were joined by U.S. production workers from other international automakers from across the country. To draw attention to the automakers’ U.S.-built vehicles, a caravan of cars and trucks circled the Capitol during a Commerce Department hearing examining whether auto imports are a “threat to national security.” Toyota exports eight of its U.S. models to 31 countries. If tariffs are imposed, Toyota estimates the cost of the Kentucky-built Toyota Camry will increase by $1,800, the Texas-built Tundra truck by $2,800 and the Indiana-built Sienna minivan by $3,000. The government is expected to decide later this year on whether to impose tariffs. For more information and to view video clips, click here. ... more

Toyota Funds STEM-Focused Curriculum in 11 Kentucky Schools

Toyota Funds STEM-Focused Curriculum in 11 Kentucky Schools

May 08, 2018
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (May 8, 2018) – Toyota, together with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), awarded $150,000 in grants to eleven K-12 schools in Central Kentucky to help prepare students for the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs.... more

Toyota’s Mississippi Plant Investments in Full Bloom

Toyota’s Mississippi Plant Investments in Full Bloom

April 26, 2018
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (April 26, 2018) – It is springtime in Blue Springs, and plants – such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi – are growing. During a groundbreaking ceremony for Toyota Mississippi’s new visitor and training center, the company announced it would invest $170 million to build the 12th generation Corolla using Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).... more

A buzz abounds: Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas overhauls Visitors Center, plants pollinator garden

A buzz abounds: Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas overhauls Visitors Center, plants pollinator garden

April 20, 2018
SAN ANTONIO (April 20, 2018) – There’s a buzz flying through the air at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX). No, we’re not talking about flying trucks, rather the new pollinator garden and completely overhauled Visitors Center exhibits at the San Antonio facility. Today, company executives, team members and community leaders joined to celebrate completion of the more than $1 million project. ... more

Women at Toyota Step Ahead in Manufacturing Excellence

Women at Toyota Step Ahead in Manufacturing Excellence

March 08, 2018
PLANO, Texas (March 8, 2018) – Four Toyota team members were selected to receive the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award through The Manufacturing Institute.  ... more

Mazda, Toyota select Alabama for new U.S. auto manufacturing plant

Mazda, Toyota select Alabama for new U.S. auto manufacturing plant

January 10, 2018
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Jan. 10, 2018) – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle joined Mazda (TM: MZDAF) and Toyota (NYSE: TM) leaders today to announce the automakers have selected Huntsville, Alabama as the site of their new joint-venture manufacturing plant.... more

Toyota Motor Corporation Issues Update on Impact of Kobe Steel Announcements

Toyota Motor Corporation Issues Update on Impact of Kobe Steel Announcements

November 06, 2017
Toyota Motor Corporation provided an update regarding its investigation into the impact of Kobe Steel’s announcements about data falsification. In today’s update, Toyota confirmed that, after reviewing the potential impacts related to specified additional Kobe materials, the quality and performance of its vehicles satisfy our internal standards.... more

Challenge accepted: Toyota production engineers turn status quo on head

Challenge accepted: Toyota production engineers turn status quo on head

October 30, 2017
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (October 30, 2017) It’s a big task, but Toyota Motor North America has the best and brightest accepting the challenge: innovate and problem solve to create the next generation of manufacturing technology. Today’s newly opened $80 million, 235,000 square foot state-of-the-art and environmentally-conscious Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center (PEMC) in Georgetown, Kentucky, is the final building constructed under the “One Toyota” project, and is both a statement on Toyota’s commitment to investing in the future of American manufacturing and a home base for a key group of more than 600 Toyota engineers.... more

Toyota Motor Corporation Issues Statement on Impact of Kobe Steel Announcements

Toyota Motor Corporation Issues Statement on Impact of Kobe Steel Announcements

October 19, 2017
Toyota Motor Corporation issued a statement and provided an update regarding its investigation into the impact of Kobe Steel’s recent announcements on improper conduct related to materials used in vehicle bodies, specifically for Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The ongoing, initial phase of investigation has been focused on aluminum plates based on the information received from Kobe Steel on October 8, 2017. Toyota has confirmed that the affected aluminum plates were used in the construction of hoods, rear hatch, and front door hinge components of certain vehicles.... more

Dark, Dirty and Dangerous No More: Manufacturing Day Attempts to Dispel Lingering Perceptions

Dark, Dirty and Dangerous No More: Manufacturing Day Attempts to Dispel Lingering Perceptions

October 13, 2017
PLANO, Texas (October 13, 2017) – “After you graduate, we would like you to go to work in a factory,” said no parents, ever.  Dispelling the lingering perception that careers in manufacturing are dark, dirty and dangerous has been the mission of the National Manufacturing Association’s Manufacturing Day since 2012.... more

Toyota Indiana Celebrates 5 Million Success Stories

Toyota Indiana Celebrates 5 Million Success Stories

September 21, 2017
PRINCETON, Ind., Sept. 20, 2017 – When long-time team members Sandra and Andres Chaparro saw the first vehicle roll off the line in 1998, they felt a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing they’d had a hand building it. Little did they know; their hands would be busy building 4,999,999 more vehicles over the next 20 years.
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Toyota and Mazda Enter Business and Capital Alliance

Toyota and Mazda Enter Business and Capital Alliance

August 04, 2017
TOKYO, August 4, 2017 Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) signed an agreement today to enter a business and capital alliance, with the aim of further strengthening their lasting partnership.... more

Toyota Wins Altair Enlighten Award for Weight Savings Efforts

Toyota Wins Altair Enlighten Award for Weight Savings Efforts

July 31, 2017
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., July 31, 2017 – Toyota was presented with an Altair Enlighten Award for its use of innovative weight reducing vehicle closure systems at today’s CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS). The award program honored Toyota’s use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) inner panels on the Prius Prime liftgate and Lexus LC 500 side doors and luggage hatch.... more

Going all in: Toyota Kentucky launches production of cutting-edge Camry

Going all in: Toyota Kentucky launches production of cutting-edge Camry

June 28, 2017
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (June 28, 2017) – Chad Lindon has worked at Toyota in Georgetown, Ky., for 22 years and said the 2018 Camry is the most exciting vehicle launch he’s seen, and for good reason.
“The 2018 Camry takes it to another level,” said Lindon, a Powertrain production team member. “It catches the eye. It has more horsepower, better fuel economy, and new technology that customers want. That all adds up to more job security and stability for my family.”
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Changing the Game: Toyota Employees Earn National  ‘Women in Manufacturing’ Award

Changing the Game: Toyota Employees Earn National ‘Women in Manufacturing’ Award

April 21, 2017
GEORGETOWN, Ky.  (April 21, 2017) – At a reception in Washington, D.C., Thursday, The Manufacturing Institute recognized 130 recipients of the Women in Manufacturing  STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award, including two women from Toyota.
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Celebrating 10 years, Toyota rolls out welcome mat, announces visitor center

Celebrating 10 years, Toyota rolls out welcome mat, announces visitor center

April 13, 2017
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss., (April 13, 2017) – Toyota is rolling out the welcome mat at its Blue Springs manufacturing facility. The automaker today announced it will build a nearly $10 million visitor and interactive training center that will offer public tours showcasing how nearly 2,000 Mississippians produce ever-better Corolla vehicles. That announcement came during a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the groundbreaking for Toyota Mississippi.... more

Toyota announces record $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant

Toyota announces record $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant

April 10, 2017
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (April 10, 2017) – The future of automobile production is now. A $1.33 billion investment- the highest of any automaker in Kentucky and the second-largest in state history- will make Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) the first plant in North America to begin producing vehicles using Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Named the “Most American Made” car by Cars.com and the number one selling car in America for the past 15 years, the Camry, from the 2018 model year, will become the first Toyota vehicle made in the U.S. to fully incorporate the new vehicle development and production technology. ... more

Fact Sheet: Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center

Fact Sheet: Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center

March 17, 2017
Toyota is donating its Quality & Production Engineering Laboratory facility in Erlanger, Kentucky, to create the Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center, a new STEAM-based education center to serve the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region. Ignite Institute will focus on project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, with real industry-case methodology, honing passion and direction for careers.  It will include the best aspects of innovative schools around the country.
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Huntsville to Hollywood

Huntsville to Hollywood

February 24, 2017
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (February 24, 2017) – If the 5 million engines that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama has produced over the past 14 years were lined up side by side, they would stretch from Huntsville to Los Angeles!  ... more

Toyota’s New Exhaust Purifying Catalyst Reduces Precious Metal Usage by 20 Percent

Toyota’s New Exhaust Purifying Catalyst Reduces Precious Metal Usage by 20 Percent

February 21, 2017
Toyota City, Japan, February 22, 2017 -- Toyota Motor Corporation announces the commercial availability of a new, smaller catalyst that uses 20 percent less precious metal in approximately 20 percent less volume, while maintaining the same exhaust gas purification performance. The design is the world’s first integrally-molded Flow Adjustable Design Cell (FLAD®) substrate, with a different cell cross-sectional area at the inner portion compared to that at the outer portion. Innovative design and manufacturing technologies have allowed for the mass production of the new catalyst, which will gradually be installed in new vehicle models, starting from the Lexus LC500h later this year.... more

Toyota Indiana Plant Rings in 2017 with New Jobs

Toyota Indiana Plant Rings in 2017 with New Jobs

January 24, 2017
Princeton, Ind. (Jan. 24, 2017) -- Toyota Indiana knows how to ring in the New Year!  The company will add 400 jobs at the plant in Princeton, investing $600 million to meet the strong and growing demand for the Highlander midsize SUV and modernize the entire plant.  The investment will be used for retooling, new equipment and advanced technologies to make the plant more competitive.  The project is scheduled to begin in fall 2019 and will add 40,000 Highlanders annually.
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Toyota Production in North America Exceeds 2 Million Again in 2016

Toyota Production in North America Exceeds 2 Million Again in 2016

January 19, 2017
Erlanger, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2017) – In 2016, Toyota achieved another record year of North American vehicle production with 2,124,608 vehicles built at its North American vehicle assembly plants. Production volume was up 4.4 percent over the previous year total of 2,035,028 vehicles.... more

A Serving of Manufacturing Know-How Helps Those in Need

A Serving of Manufacturing Know-How Helps Those in Need

December 21, 2016
Buffalo, W.Va. (Dec. 21, 2016) – Feed more people in need more efficiently.
 
That was the goal for team members from Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV), who recently shared manufacturing and process best practices with the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, W.Va. And thanks to the collaborative effort, the food bank is now set to operate more efficiently.
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How the Toyota Production System Can Make Planning and Delivering Your Thanksgiving Feast as Smooth as Granny's Gravy

How the Toyota Production System Can Make Planning and Delivering Your Thanksgiving Feast as Smooth as Granny's Gravy

November 21, 2016
“What is needed, when it’s needed, in the right quantity.” 

There’s a lot more to the Toyota Production System (TPS) than that, but that simple statement is the foundation of the “just in time” concept (definition below).  If it works for transmissions, engines and vehicles, can it work for your Turkey Day Feast?  Most definitely!... more

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