Toyota Shares How Its US Manufacturers Fuel Community and Sustainability

Originally published at pressroom.toyota.com. Toyota Motor North America ranked No. 4 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022.

 

Toyota has been supporting regional suppliers and local economies for the past 60 years — fostering a close connection between the company, its customers and its surrounding communities. Including Toyota’s new battery plant in North Carolina — Toyota has 11 manufacturing plants in the U.S. (including a joint venture with Mazda), employing over 39,000 people to design, engineer and assemble the vehicles driven by their friends and neighbors.

By supporting thousands of employees, a network of suppliers and contractors, and their respective families, each Toyota plant helps to sustain a community. Toyota’s manufacturing plants are unique. Find out what’s been happening at the plants over the past year.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas: Home of the Sequoia

Three years after Toyota invested $391 million in the San Antonio plant, Toyota Texas is celebrating the start of production on the all-new, all-hybrid Toyota Sequoia. Alongside the all-new Tundra, the vehicle will be exclusively assembled in San Antonio’s upgraded facility. To celebrate, Toyota Texas donated a combined $100,000 to the San Antonio River Foundation and the San Antonio Parks Foundation in support of tree preservation and other local environmental stewardship initiatives.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana: Investing in Innovation

Toyota announced an $803 million investment and 1,400 new jobs at Toyota Indiana, the Princeton-based plant that assembled the very first North American Toyota Tundra. Some of Toyota’s most loved vehicles are assembled at the plant, including models of the Highlander and Sienna, which will now also be assembling Toyota’s two new electrified SUVs.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi: Accelerating Education

This June marked the grand opening of the Toyota Mississippi Experience Center, an interactive museum in Blue Springs that highlights Toyota Mississippi’s local manufacturing processes and careers. Through state-of-the-art technologies such as simulators and robots, the workforce training and experience center aims to educate visitors on the beauty and brains behind some of America’s best-selling vehicles. Toyota Mississippi is also supporting education in its community by funding a new Mobile STEAM lab through a $75,000 donation to the Girl Scouts of the South.

Toyota Motor North America: Expanding Electrification Nationwide

Toyota is investing $383 million in upgrades for its Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee plants to increase their production of four-cylinder engines, including options for hybrid-electric vehicles. Part of the $5.1 billion investment Toyota made last year in its United States manufacturers, the upgrades will help Toyota fulfill its commitments to supporting local economies and electrifying its entire fleet by 2050.

TABC, Inc.: 50 Years of Quality

Toyota’s Long Beach manufacturer celebrated its 50th anniversary this September with $200,000 in community investments and the donation of vehicles to Rancho Los Alamitos and the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. First contracted by Toyota in 1972 as Atlas Fabricators, the plant is now a primary supplier of parts for the Tacoma and past models of all North American Toyota vehicles. This past March, the operation received a $27 million investment to increase its production. 

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing: Commitment to Community

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing hosted its first Community Appreciation Event in June, inviting several notable guests and local leaders to express gratitude for the support the Huntsville facility has received since opening. The ceremony featured speeches from Alabama Governor Ivey, Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Mazda Motor Corporation CEO Akira Marumoto and Toyota Motor Corporation CEO Akio Toyoda, as well as an awarding of $180,000 to 10 local nonprofits as part of the plant’s Inaugural Mazda Toyota Manufacturing Grant Fund.

Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina.: Powering Progress

Investing $2.5 billion in its newest North American facility, Toyota North Carolina, Toyota is continuing to work toward carbon neutrality in vehicles and global operations by 2035. The facility, located in Liberty, North Carolina, will begin producing batteries for both hybrid and full-electric vehicles in 2025, employing 350 additional people in the process. The investment is part of a $70 billion global investment in electrification, which was announced last year. The new plant is already having an impact in the community, with a $1 million donation to Communities in Schools of Randolph County (CiSRC) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) to help expand STEAM education opportunities.

Toyota’s Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center: Engineering the Future

As part of its electrification efforts, Toyota is adding 220 new positions to its Production Engineering Division, which will help the existing 1,800-plus Toyota engineers across North America continue to improve and increase manufacturing. The expansion of the Georgetown, Kentucky facility will help the company meet its goals to expand its global portfolio of electrified vehicles to 70 by 2025.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia: Transformative Transaxles

Toyota is investing $240 million in a dedicated production line of hybrid transaxles for its Buffalo, West Virginia plant, which will help to both modernize the facility and advance the company’s larger electrification and carbon neutrality goals. In February, the company announced a $70 million investment to increase capacity for the transaxle line and start production of rear motor stators.

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