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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

Toyota Continues to Be a Leader in Automotive R&D Patents

Toyota Continues to Be a Leader in Automotive R&D Patents

June 20, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 20, 2014)  – The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued 1,355 patents to Toyota’s innovative engineers and scientists in 2013.  The patents issued to Toyota companies further demonstrate Toyota’s commitment to ever better vehicles that achieve new environmental, innovation and safety technological advancements.... more

Toyota, Suppliers Disaster Relief Giving Nears $86,000

Toyota, Suppliers Disaster Relief Giving Nears $86,000

June 19, 2014
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (June 19, 2014) – In the aftermath of the April 28 tornado that struck Northeast Mississippi, Toyota asked how they could help those in need. The answer shaped itself in the form of almost $86,000 donated by Toyota, near site suppliers and team members.... more

Toyota Produces First Car at New Kentucky Plant [1988]

Toyota Produces First Car at New Kentucky Plant [1988]

May 29, 2014
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, MAY 26, 1988 -- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc., today reached a major milestone at the new $1.1 billion automobile manufacturing complex in Georgetown, Kentucky. An internal employee ceremony attended by approximately 1,100 employees celebrated the first Toyota Camry produced in Kentucky using newly installed equipment, processes, and the dedicated efforts of an American work force.... more

Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Vehicle Made in Kentucky; First Camry Rolled Off Line at Georgetown Plant in 1988

Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Vehicle Made in Kentucky; First Camry Rolled Off Line at Georgetown Plant in 1988

May 29, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (May 29, 2014) – Avery Bussell Jr. always thought he’d be a farmer.  However, with times on the family farm a little tough in 1988, the 22-year-old threw his name into the mix for a job at a new company that was setting up shop 55 miles away – Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK).

One small problem: he was one of over 100,000 others who were applying for about 3,000 jobs.... more

Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program Appeals to Students and Addresses Industry Needs

Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program Appeals to Students and Addresses Industry Needs

May 23, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (May 23, 2014) – Proving that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama has partnered to launch a new, innovative education-to-work initiative with Calhoun Community College to further enhance Alabama’s future work force for years to come.... more

Toyota Statement Regarding Camry Production

Toyota Statement Regarding Camry Production

May 09, 2014
ERLANGER, Ky. (May 9, 2014) – Toyota has confirmed that Camry production at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) will end in Fall 2016.  The Camry volume produced at SIA will be absorbed by Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.  Toyota appreciates SIA’s commitment to building high quality Camrys since 2007.... more

Toyota Celebrates A Decade of Energy Excellence

Toyota Celebrates A Decade of Energy Excellence

April 24, 2014
ERLANGER, Ky. (April 24, 2014) – What do the cities of Dallas, Texas and Oakland, Calif. have in common?  A lot, according to Toyota’s engineers, despite the two cities being separated by nearly 1,700 miles with different demographics and industries.... more

Toyota Technical Center Announces Promotion of Fifth American Chief Engineer

Toyota Technical Center Announces Promotion of Fifth American Chief Engineer

April 15, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich. (April 15, 2014) - As a boy, Monte Kaehr was always curious how things work.  Once the item of choice was disassembled he would try to put it back together to make it even better.  This mindset is the core of what engineers do, so it seemed only natural to pursue a career in engineering.... more

Paving the Road to Zero Waste at Toyota’s Indiana Plant

Paving the Road to Zero Waste at Toyota’s Indiana Plant

April 10, 2014
How do you turn manufacturing sludge into a sustainable building material? Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) offers a “concrete” example.... more

Toyota to Fund Film with Kentucky Commission on Women

Toyota to Fund Film with Kentucky Commission on Women

March 18, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. – (March 18, 2014) – Kentucky’s place in the history books is often held by men: Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, Henry Clay and Muhammad Ali, to name a few.  A new partnership between Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. and the Kentucky Commission on Women will take aim at this oversight and tell the stories of women who have made great contributions to society and whose impacts continue to affect us today.... more

Toyota Plant Partners with Kentucky State University to Develop Top-Notch Mechanical-Engineering Students

Toyota Plant Partners with Kentucky State University to Develop Top-Notch Mechanical-Engineering Students

March 18, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. – (March 18, 2014) – A unique scholarship program was unveiled today that matches Toyota’s need for mechanical engineers with that of top incoming students at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. 
 
The Toyota Engineering Scholarship program – made possible via a five-year, $375,000 grant from the automaker – will tie in directly with its manufacturing operations in Georgetown, Ky., 21 miles from Frankfort.  Through this program, Toyota will develop a deeper and richer pipeline to employ students with engineering degrees.... more

Toyota Recognizes Top North American Suppliers for 2013

Toyota Recognizes Top North American Suppliers for 2013

March 12, 2014
ERLANGER, Ky. (March 12, 2014) – Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) awarded three suppliers with top honors based on their 2013 performance. Johnson Controls, Inc., OTICS USA, Inc. and TAIHO MANUFACTURING OF TENNESSEE, LLC each took home a “Superior” supplier award at TEMA’s annual business meeting, an annual gathering of companies that produce parts and materials for Toyota’s 12 North American models.... more

Toyota Alabama Revved Up & Ready to Roar!

Toyota Alabama Revved Up & Ready to Roar!

February 18, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (February 18, 2014) – Please excuse our 1,200 Toyota Alabama team members if they’re a little “revved” up today.
 
That’s because they celebrated the launch of their second V6 engine line at a ceremony this morning with invited guests, including Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, U.S. Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions and U.S. Representative Mo Brooks. The ceremony capped off Toyota Alabama’s fifth significant investment since it began operations 11 years ago.
 
The ceremony also featured the plant’s three millionth engine produced.... more

Did You Park a New Toyota In Your Garage Last Year?

Did You Park a New Toyota In Your Garage Last Year?

January 09, 2014
ERLANGER, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2014) – There’s a reason you might be seeing more Toyotas on the road.  The automaker of the best-selling car in America, the Toyota Camry, produced at record levels in 2013 surpassing 2012 production volumes.  Toyota built 1,857,695 vehicles, a 5 percent increase and 1,715,709 engines, a 3 percent increase from 2012 at its 14 manufacturing facilities in North America. ... more

Lexus' New Kentucky Home Celebrates First Milestone

Lexus' New Kentucky Home Celebrates First Milestone

January 08, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2014) – With the first steel column now in place, construction is officially underway on the future assembly line of the first U.S.-produced Lexus. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) commemorated the milestone earlier today by having members of the company’s leadership team sign the structure.... more

The Manufacturing Institute to Honor Toyota’s Millie Marshall, Susan Elkington

January 06, 2014
ERLANGER, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2014) – The Manufacturing Institute announced they will award Toyota executives Millie Marshall and Susan Elkington with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award.... more

Toyota Indiana Launches the 2014 Highlander; Prepares for Hybrids and Exports

Toyota Indiana Launches the 2014 Highlander; Prepares for Hybrids and Exports

December 05, 2013
PRINCETON, Ind. (Dec. 5, 2013) – Hoosier pride was felt deep and wide on the plant floor of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) this morning as the company celebrated the start of production of the all-new 2014 Highlander. ... more

Toyota Opportunity Exchange Matches Minority Businesses with Its Suppliers

November 12, 2013
CINCINNATI (Nov. 12, 2013) – Securing a $1.6 million contract in 2012 brought Ron Nuñez, President and Chief Operating Officer of a group of independent supply companies, back to the Toyota Opportunity Exchange this year for the third time.... more

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