Toyota has announced that it will build a new facility that will house its North American production engineering team located on the grounds of its plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, USA.
To mark the commencement of work on the facility, the company used a 2015 TRD Pro Series Tundra which featured a custom designed shovel to move dirt. The 250,000 sq. ft. building has been designed to include a state-of-the-art test lab and will house work spaces for approximately 700 team members. The company will invest US$80 million for the construction of the facility.
Jim Lentz, CEO, Toyota North America said, “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,”
He went on to add that the impact of the investments will be noticed by the customers through improved quality, adoption of new technologies and increased value of the vehicles produced, like the Camry which is built in the plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Toyota also thanked the community for its support and announced donations of three Toyota vehicles to local organizations. These included organisations like: Salato Wildlife Education Center, SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) and Scott United.
The event was also attended by 100 production engineering team members. As part of the expansion plan, Toyota will be relocating approximately 300 employees to the Georgetown campus, for enhanced local decision-making and faster response to the different needs of the marketplace. Construction of the new facility is expected to be completed in late 2017.
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