Toyota to invest $750 million in five states, exceed 2017 spending targets
Workers at Toyota's Buffalo, West Virginia, plant assemble 4-cylinder engines. The plant is one of five receiving new investments to expand capacity.
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Toyota to invest $750 million in five states, exceed 2017 spending targets

Adding hybrid RAV4 and Lexus ES 300h hybrid crossovers to Georgetown, Kentucky, plant includes jobs at several support facilities.

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Washington, D.C. – Toyota will exceed its 2017 pledge to invest $10 billion in the U.S. by 2022, with the automaker saying the new target is $13 billion.

The first part of that expanded spending plan includes a $750 million pledge to boost production in five states. The automaker plans to move production of hybrid versions of its RAV4 crossover (including the Lexus ES 300), from Cambridge, Ontario, in Canada to Georgetown, Kentucky.

That move also involves expanding engine capacity at its Huntsville, Alabama, facility; doubling hybrid transaxle capacity at its plant in Buffalo, West Virginia; and a building expansion for additional castings at Bodine Aluminum’s Jackson, Tennessee, facility as well as additional castings at its Troy, Missouri, facility.

“These latest investments represent even more examples of our long-term commitment to build where we sell,” said Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz. “By boosting our U.S. manufacturing footprint, we can better serve our customers and dealers and position our manufacturing plants for future success with more domestic capacity.”

Toyota’s Kentucky plant is its largest worldwide, producing more than 500,000 Camry and Avalon sedans each year. Sales of those two vehicles were down 10% last year to fewer than 400,000 units as cars continue to fall out of favor with U.S. buyers.

A state-by-state look at the new investments totaling $749 million and 586 new jobs:

  • Alabama

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama (TMMAL): $288 million
    Increase annual engine capacity from 670,000 to 900,000 by the end of 2021 to increase product flexibility and better accommodate market demand. New 4-cylinder and V6 engine lines will add 450 new jobs to its Huntsville, Alabama, facility, the largest hiring push in the plant’s history.

  • Kentucky

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK): $238 million
    Production of the Lexus ES 300h hybrid to begin in May 2019 with annual capacity of 12,000 units while RAV4 Hybrid production will start January 2020 with an annual capacity of 100,000 units.

  • Missouri

    Bodine Aluminum Troy, Missouri: $62 million
    Adding equipment to produce an additional 864,000 cylinder heads for Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). Bodine’s 900 Missouri team members currently produce more than 3 million cylinder heads a year, which are made for every Toyota and Lexus manufactured in North America.

  • Tennessee

    Bodine Aluminum Jackson, Tennessee: $50 million
    Building expansion and equipment to double the capacity of hybrid transaxle cases and housings to 240,000 annually. Equipment to produce an additional 288,000 engine blocks a year for TNGA.

  • West Virginia

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia (TMMWV) - $111 million
    Double capacity of hybrid transaxles from 120,000 units (start of production-2020) to 240,000 units annually in 2021. TMMWV will add 123 new jobs to its facility in Buffalo, West Virginia.