Toyota begins engineering expansion in Kentucky

Toyota begins engineering expansion in Kentucky

Georgetown plant taking over some responsibilities as Toyota consolidates to Texas.

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August 24, 2015

Georgetown, Kentucky – Toyota has broken ground on a new production engineering campus in Georgetown. With the automaker consolidating most management operations to a new office in Texas, some engineering work is moving to the new office adjacent to the company’s largest U.S. plant.

Once complete, the 250,000ft2 building will include a state-of-the-art test lab and provide work space for approximately 700 team members. Toyota’s expansion in Georgetown represents a local investment of $80 million, and marks its third major groundbreaking event in North America since the start of the year.

“Bringing Toyota’s production engineering team under one roof is a key element of Toyota’s ongoing unification of our North American operations, which includes a new headquarters in Plano, Texas, and new facilities in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” says Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz. “The impact of these investments will be felt by our customers through improved quality, adoption of new technologies and greater value of the vehicles we produce, like the iconic Camry built here in Georgetown, Kentucky.”

At a grandbreaking ceremony, Lentz thanked the community for nearly three decades of support by announcing donations of three Toyota vehicles to local organizations. These include:

  • Salato Wildlife Education Center, which engages over 100,000 people annually through education about the importance of Kentucky’s natural resources
  • Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), an organization formed by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Rep. Hal Rogers to re-grow and diversify the economy in Eastern Kentucky
  • Scott United, an arm of the Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce aimed at advancing workforce development in the hometown of Toyota’s largest vehicle manufacturing plant

Joining Lentz were 100 production engineering team members, many of who are soon-to-be residents of Central Kentucky. As part of the expansion, Toyota is relocating approximately 300 people to the Georgetown campus. Toyota’s manufacturing headquarters had been nearly 45 minutes north of Georgetown in the Cincinnati, Ohio, suburb or Erlanger, Kentucy.

“We are excited to expand the presence that Toyota started over 25 years ago,” says production engineering senior vice president Tadahisa Isono. “From this facility, we will not only support our diverse workforce and network of manufacturing operations throughout North America, we will also equip our team to bring the future of manufacturing to the present.”

Construction is expected to be complete in late 2017.

Source: Toyota North America