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Keep Calm and Stay Green

Keep Calm and Stay Green

April 16, 2015
ERLANGER, Ky. (April 16, 2015) – How will you make a positive impact on Earth Day?  Turn off the lights in an empty room?  Recycle?  Save water?
 
At Toyota, every day is Earth Day and the little things add up, especially when almost 43,000 team members across 14 North America manufacturing plants do them.  Such efforts have saved nearly $600 million since benchmarking began in 2002.
 
They’ve also resulted in Toyota’s 11th consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
 
Eleven consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are the most by any automaker.... more

Toyota to Realign Manufacturing Operations in North America

Toyota to Realign Manufacturing Operations in North America

April 15, 2015
PLANO, Texas, April 15, 2015 – Toyota today announced a multi-year plan to realign its manufacturing operations in North America in support of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), a comprehensive approach to achieving sustainable growth by making ever-better vehicles more efficiently.   
 
As part of this strategy, Toyota will invest approximately US$1 billion to construct its newest North American manufacturing facility in the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico to produce the Corolla.  This state-of-the-art plant will feature the latest TNGA production engineering innovations, employ approximately 2,000 team members and have the capacity to produce 200,000 units annually.  ... more

Hey Mr. DJ! Toyota Manufacturing Lets the Beat Drop

Hey Mr. DJ! Toyota Manufacturing Lets the Beat Drop

March 31, 2015
NEW YORK (March 31, 2015) – The backbeat kicks in. Momentum builds. The star of the show takes center stage. It’s the opening number of one of the world’s best-selling acts, but not quite who you’d think. It’s the 2015 Toyota Corolla rolling off the production line in its own “Gifony” remix. And the DJ is you.... more

Building Ever Better Cars…and Careers

Building Ever Better Cars…and Careers

March 09, 2015
ERLANGER, KY, March 9, 2015 – Just in time for Women’s History Month, the National Association of Manufacturers has honored three Toyota engineers for significant achievements.

Toyota Auto Body California Production Manager Rhonda Gilyard and Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing North America’s General Manager Susann Kazunas have been named 2015 STEP Ahead Award honorees by the National Association of Manufacturers. In addition, Toyota Technical Center Engineer Jacquelyn Birdsall is recognized as an "Emerging Leader." They will be honored on March 26, 2015, at the Washington, D.C. Hyatt Regency Hotel.... more

Toyota Engineers Back on the Rally Circuit

Toyota Engineers Back on the Rally Circuit

February 19, 2015
YORK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Feb. 17, 2015) – Hot on the heels of President Akio Toyoda’s announcement that the automaker will be returning to the World Rally Championship (WRC), the Toyota Technical Center Rally Team (TTCRT) is racing headlong into the 2015 season, doubling their Rally-America appearances and adding depth to their stable of drivers, crew and support team.
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Delivering the Goods: Toyota North America Built Nearly Two Million Vehicles in 2014

Delivering the Goods: Toyota North America Built Nearly Two Million Vehicles in 2014

January 09, 2015
ERLANGER, Ky. (January 9, 2015) – After roughly three decades of delivering products with the highest safety, quality, design and value, Toyota North America marks a historic record with 1,985,501 vehicles produced in 2014, a 7 percent increase. In addition, Toyota built a record 1,909,848 engines, an 11 percent increase from 2013. Stronger demand was driven in part by the redesigned Camry, Corolla, Highlander and RAV4 models.  
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Sustainable Selection: Toyota Picks BHDP Architecture to Design New Digs in Michigan and Kentucky

Sustainable Selection: Toyota Picks BHDP Architecture to Design New Digs in Michigan and Kentucky

January 09, 2015
ERLANGER, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2015) – The vision: “always better cars.” The project: Toyota’s new facilities in York Township, Mich., and Georgetown, Ky. The partner: Cincinnati-based BHDP Architecture.... more

Greenbacks for Green Ideas

Greenbacks for Green Ideas

December 19, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Dec. 19, 2014) – The Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing of North America (TEMA), in partnership with The Electrochemical Society (ECS) is requesting proposals from young professors and scholars pursuing innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology.... more

Driving Diversity Forward

Driving Diversity Forward

November 19, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Nov. 19, 2014) – John Stallworth, Liz Hurley, Lee Marshall and Dr. Helen McAlpine are just a few of the Huntsville area speakers who participated in a diversity focused event Nov.13 at Toyota Alabama. More than 20 representatives from Toyota affiliates across North America traveled to Huntsville to attend the annual event. Toyota Alabama also donated $2,000 to each of the speakers’ affiliated non-profit organizations, including the John Stallworth Foundation, Kids to Love, J.F. Drake State Technical College Foundation and the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund.     ... more

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. Celebrates Production of First Transmission for Latest Expansion

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. Celebrates Production of First Transmission for Latest Expansion

November 10, 2014
Buffalo, W.Va., Nov. 10, 2014 -- The Toyota plant in Buffalo, W.Va. has celebrated many “firsts” in its 18 year history, and today marked yet another milestone as the first 6 speed high torque automatic transmission rolled off their second Automatic Transmission Line.... more

Horsin’ Around In The Sand

Horsin’ Around In The Sand

November 06, 2014
As a young girl living on a farm in southern Indiana, Samantha Stone helped train and show performance horses at local and regional competitions, often with great success. This success and passion led Stone to one day dream of showcasing the beauty and power of horses throughout the country.
 
However, now an engineer in Toyota’s Vehicle Planning/Production Engineer division, it’s a different kind of horsepower that gets Stone’s heart pounding.... more

Rally On! TTC Rally Team Finishes 2nd in Final Stage Rally Event of 2014

Rally On! TTC Rally Team Finishes 2nd in Final Stage Rally Event of 2014

October 31, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich,. Oct. 31, 2014 - For the second time this season, the Toyota Technical Center Rally Team (TTCRT) hit the stage rally circuit, this time in Houghton, Mich. for the 2014 Lake Superior Performance Rally.

After a confidence building performance in July’s New England Forest Rally, the team, comprised entirely of Toyota engineering team members, headed to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with hopes of continued improvement and gained experience. What they accomplished, however, was a 2nd place finish -- besting the only other OEM rally team and 14 other teams in the process.... more

Who Says It's Not Easy Being Green?

Who Says It's Not Easy Being Green?

October 30, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Oct. 30, 2014) – Not only is Toyota Alabama a global leader in building world-class engines, but it has also become a leader in environmental excellence. The Huntsville plant received recognition for five environmental awards this week, further demonstrating the facility’s commitment to minimize its environmental footprint.   ... more

Building More Than Cars:  Toyota Opportunity Exchange Brings Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) into Automotive Game

Building More Than Cars: Toyota Opportunity Exchange Brings Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) into Automotive Game

October 28, 2014
CINCINNATI (Oct. 28, 2014) – Kevin Shurn operated his business from a two-bedroom apartment when he attended Toyota’s first-ever Opportunity Exchange in 1990. Three years later, he secured his first contract, providing janitorial services to Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky., plant. Today, his Elizabethtown, Ky.-based Superior Maintenance Co. has more than 500 employees, serving Toyota manufacturing facilities in Kentucky, Indiana and Texas.... more

Paving the Way: Toyota’s First Hispanic Woman Direct Tier I Supplier Calls Opportunity Exchange 'Key to Growth'

Paving the Way: Toyota’s First Hispanic Woman Direct Tier I Supplier Calls Opportunity Exchange 'Key to Growth'

September 30, 2014
This story is about the road taken.  Rosa Santana is the first Hispanic woman to own a business serving as a direct Tier I supplier to Toyota. And her path was paved by the automaker’s Opportunity Exchange – an annual two-day event that provides minority-owned businesses the chance to network with direct suppliers.... more

Big Brothers Big Sisters and Toyota Indiana Address Needs of Children and Families

Big Brothers Big Sisters and Toyota Indiana Address Needs of Children and Families

September 09, 2014
PRINCETON, Ind. -  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley has partnered with Toyota Indiana to give children in Gibson County the opportunity to have a long-lasting relationship with a mentor. The mentoring program will offer North Gibson School Corporation students a chance to have one-on-one mentoring sessions during the school day.... more

Toyota Continues to Grow Its Investment in Michigan

Toyota Continues to Grow Its Investment in Michigan

August 26, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 26, 2014 – Toyota will move forward with the planning of its new facility on the York Township, Mich., campus of the Toyota Technical Center to accommodate approximately 250 direct procurement positions currently based in Kentucky following approval of state and local incentives announced today by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and York Township.... more

Toyota Indiana Adding 300 Jobs to Build More Highlanders

Toyota Indiana Adding 300 Jobs to Build More Highlanders

August 22, 2014
PRINCETON, Ind., Aug. 22, 2014 – The regional economy is about to get a boost because Toyota Indiana is on the grow again.  The plant will invest $100 million and add 300 jobs by summer 2016 to boost production of the popular Highlander midsize sport utility vehicle. This expansion will bring Toyota Indiana’s overall investment to $4 billion. This step allows Toyota to utilize existing capacity in North America while providing additional flexibility to adjust our product mix to meet changing customer demand.... more

Annual Event Supplies Plenty of Opportunity

Annual Event Supplies Plenty of Opportunity

August 19, 2014
When Tierra Kavanaugh Turner first came to the Opportunity Exchange (OE) more than a decade ago, she didn’t have the capacity or resources to be a supplier to Toyota. But that wasn’t about to stop her. So she continued to come, year after year.

“They identified areas I needed to strengthen and improve – increasing staff, documenting processes, and exploring potential strategic alliances,” says Turner, owner of TKT & Associates, Inc. and TKT-nectir Global Staffing, LLC.  “In the interim I worked with their suppliers to gain specific industry experience and scale.”... more

From Here to Outer Space: 2015 Toyota Sienna Inspires Unexpected Adventures

From Here to Outer Space: 2015 Toyota Sienna Inspires Unexpected Adventures

July 17, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (July 17, 2014) – A toddler rockets into space. A family’s imagination runs wild. A father begins a curious conversation. With a little creativity, some CGI effects and a bit of ironic humor, the redesigned 2015 Toyota Sienna is the star of the show. For the first time, Toyota is revealing a new vehicle completely online, introducing the 2015 Sienna van today through the eyes of three creative, social media-savvy parents. In a series of custom videos, these parents bring to life the everyday and sometimes unexpected adventures possible in and around the Sienna.... more

Toyota Technology Lays Foundation for Future Corollas

Toyota Technology Lays Foundation for Future Corollas

July 08, 2014
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (July 8, 2014) – Four local organizations benefitted from the donation of vehicles from Toyota Mississippi today. The cars, valued at nearly $103,000 are one way Toyota Mississippi supports organizations in the community.... more

How is Toyota Mississippi Turning Blue Springs Green?

How is Toyota Mississippi Turning Blue Springs Green?

July 07, 2014
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (July 7, 2014) – A pavilion, a play structure and a community garden are just some of the features that are included in the plans for the Toyota-Blue Springs Water Garden and Education Park. Sean Suggs, vice president of administration for Toyota Mississippi, and Rita Gentry, mayor of Blue Springs, unveiled the park design today at a ceremony in downtown Blue Springs.... more

Toyota Increases Scholarship Support for Children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen

Toyota Increases Scholarship Support for Children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen

June 26, 2014
San Diego, CA (June 26, 2014) – As many as 300 new higher education scholarships will be created for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen over the next five years as a result of an additional $1.35 million contribution from Toyota to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships for military children. Toyota has supported the Scholarship Foundation since 2004, and today’s gift brings Toyota’s total investment in the Foundation to more than $3 million. ... more

When Cars and Roads Communicate, Everybody Wins

When Cars and Roads Communicate, Everybody Wins

June 20, 2014
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (June 20, 2014) -- Hideki Hada has worked in the automotive industry since 1989. During that time, he has seen increased concern from the government and people when it comes to automotive safety. As these concerns have risen, Hideki’s have risen with them. That is why in 2004 he joined Toyota Technical Center (TTC) as a Senior Engineer for the creation of government –industry collaborative projects to develop new wireless technologies for advancing active safety systems. Ten years later, Hideki is the General Manager of the Integrated Vehicle Systems Department at TTC.... more

If Your Hybrid is Even More Efficient in the Future, Thank This Guy

If Your Hybrid is Even More Efficient in the Future, Thank This Guy

June 20, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 20, 2014) --  Eric Dede has always been interested in the future. Futuristic concepts such as space and astronautics have always consumed Eric’s attention. That’s how he ended up as a senior engineer for the University of Michigan’s Space Physics Research laboratory. It’s also why he is now a Manager of the Electronics Research Department (ERD) at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), where his main responsibilities are the development of elemental technologies for future hybrid vehicle power electronic systems. TTC, Toyota’s North American R&D center, is a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA).... more

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