• May 20, 2006

Good things are coming in 'threes' for Toyota lately. Autoblog just hipped readers to the pending third birthday of its triumvirate of Scion offerings earlier today.

What's more, three of Toyota's American plants are reaching some milestones of their own this year. The plants include:

  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK), celebrating its 20th year as the company's first U.S. plant. It currently manufactures the Avalon and Camry/Solara.
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI), which builds the Sequoia, Sienna, and Tundra, celebrates its 10th year.
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia (TMMWV) is celebrating its 10th year as well. The plant provides engines and vehicles for a variety of Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

Plant employees and management will be joined by officials from their hometowns (Georgetown, Princeton, and Buffalo, respectively) to commemorate the occasions. Toyota Motor Corp. currently employs over 38,000 workers in the U.S./Canada, and has created nearly 400,000 jobs in the U.S. according to the Center for Automotive Research.

[Source: The Auto Channel]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Another Toyota infomercial?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe they could celebrate by making a sports car again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I certainly hope that Toyota's memory isn't so short that they forget to pay tribute to Jim Moran ("the Courtesy Man") who taught Toyota EVERYTHING they know about marketing cars in North America.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, these aren't just anniversaries, these facts are being pushed HEAVILY by Toyota's PR dept. 20 years is big news for Toyota, especially in states like Kentucky, where there is big fear of plant layoffs since Ford builds the dinosaur, I mean Explorer here. Toyota's stint here is pretty important, they even threw a big concert for all the employees at the G-town plant.

      It's one thing to report anniversaries that passed almost unnoticed, but it's pretty reasonable to see why anniversaries that are celebrated so loudly make headlines.
      Micah
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, where's AB's coverage of other industry stuff? Like:

      http://www.emercedesbenz.com/May06/22_Record_Setting_Mercedes_Benz_Atego_Rolls_Off_Assembly_Line.html

      Oh wait, they can't write it -- too busy sucking Toyotas tiny cock.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Being pushed heavily by an auto PR team does not a story make.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kudos to Toyota's PR dept. for propping up this information and letting information like that they broke their own record on the nunber of vehicles they've imported into US (% of domestic dropped from 63% to 61.6% - GM is 81%) and the fact the direct employment in NA for Toytota is 38,340 while GM employment is 181,000 in NA (roughly 64,000 in Michigan alone). Toyota keeps pushing the "we're just as American as the domestics" and the worse thing is the average believes this message.

      No need to hate Toyota JGN... but also note you're Tacoma is from NUMMI which is a joint venture with Toyota started in 1983. 3 years before they're first Toyota standalone plant.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Nobody criticizing Autoblog for giving readers news and views, but come'on.... the 20th and 10th year anniversaries!! So, I guess were going to see similar blogs on ALL the other automakers anniversaries? Yeah right....
      • 8 Years Ago
      No matter what they manage to accomplish, the nay sayers just come up with other justifications for hating them.

      I'm as happy as can be with my Fremont, CA, built Tacoma.

      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL Joe...
      The difference in employment #'s is that GM is the #1 (for now) automotive manufacture in the world with their HQ and much of it's manufacturing in NA. Toyota only manufactures ~60% of what it sells in the NA market. So obviously GM is going to have more NA employees than a foreign company... Using you're logic... the Scion xA is better than a Camry since it requires less NA employment to create (the Scion is imported from Japan while the ~+90% of Camry's are NA built).

      Here is another false statement often reiterated buy import lovers "yet they [GM] can't come up with cars that people want". GM owns ~25% of the US market... more than anyone else... so you're telling me the #1 manufactur in sales isn't making vehicles want? LOL!
      That's like saying Pepsi (or Coke, which every is #1 in sales) isn't making a Cola people want to drink!
      • 8 Years Ago
      You forgot another milestone... an embarassing 300% increase in recalls in Lexus and Toyota vehicles in the past year. When they start expanding it will get worse (see Nissan's Canton plant)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Autoblog has done nothing wrong covering this story. They are bringing the news to us, don't kill the messenger! If you're a hardcore UAW guy, then skip this post. O, yea and to this:

      "6. And in the back room, more Toyota monkeys are seen typing out legions of autoblog ads.

      Stoneman

      I like Toyota too."

      Toyota monkeys? Isn't it sad that the monkeys can make better cars than human beings? What you added at the end of your comment was basically saying, "I'm a Nazi but I like Jews." Don't argue, that's what you sound like.

      "10. ...the fact the direct employment in NA for Toytota is 38,340 while GM employment is 181,000 in NA (roughly 64,000 in Michigan alone)..."

      Read what you wrote a couple times. What's that telling you? GM has too many people! GM has more people, yet they can't come up with cars that people want. Don't you see a problem here?
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