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Toyota builds 10 millionth vehicle at Kentucky plant

Published by on Jun 4, 2014 in News Leave a comment

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In 1986, the Toyota Motor Manufacturing USA was established, becoming the first wholly owned Toyota manufacturing plant in the United States. Two years later, the first vehicle rolled off the production line (a 1989 Toyota Camry), with engines being shipped from Japan, before an engine assembly plant was established in 1990. Today, the plant is the carmaker’s largest production facility outside Japan and it has just celebrated the 10 millionth vehicle built.

In a ceremony that took place at the plant last week, the first Camry (which hasn’t been sold and is a permanent “resident” of the factory) was placed next to the anniversary vehicle, also a Camry. Speaking about the two cars, the plant’s president, Wil James noted: “Obviously, these two vehicles are worlds apart in many ways, but, at the same time, identical in others – particularly when it comes to craftsmanship and the care and love that went into their production.”

The Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) is currently employing 7,000 workers and according to the Japanese carmaker, almost $6 billion were invested since the plant’s opening. Besides the Camry, one of the best selling cars in the U.S. automotive history, the factory also currently builds the Avalon and the Venza, while a major premiere is scheduled for next year, when the first Lexus will be assembled in the United States over here.

The plant is also important for Kentucky’s business environment, a thing confirmed by the state’s governor, Steve Besher: “I was lieutenant governor when Toyota came to Kentucky in 1986, and, over the years, it has been incredible to watch and assist in the growth that has taken place. This plant now has 7,000 team members, and we look forward to continued growth with 750 jobs being added when production starts for the first U.S.-assembled Lexus next year.”

Source: Toyota

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