Indiana seems like the place to be if you're looking for work in a car factory. In May, Subaru announced plans to invest $400 million in its Lafayette, Indiana plant, creating 900 new jobs in the process and increasing capacity to 300,000 units per year. Now, Toyota has announced plans to invest $30 million in its Princeton, Indiana plant, 170 miles south of the Subaru factory, which also builds the Camry.

Toyota's investment will create an additional 200 jobs and increase the factory's volume by 15,000 units. Toyota announced an investment in the plant in February of 2012 that bumped volume up from 300,000 to 350,000 units. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, as the Princeton facility is officially known, produces the recently revised Toyota Highlander, the Sequoia and the Sienna. It employs 4,500 people, and this announcement represents Toyota's tenth production increase in under two years.

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Toyota Invests Again in Indiana, Creating 200 New Jobs

Highlander Production to Be Boosted
Exports Begin This Fall


ERLANGER, Ky. (July 26, 2013) –As consumer demand for Toyota's Highlander continues to grow, the company's Princeton, Ind., plant is planning to grow with it. Toyota announced today it will increase production of the Highlander mid-size SUV in late 2014 with a $30 million investment in Princeton.

The project will create more than 200 new jobs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc. (TMMI), with new team members helping to increase production volume by 15,000 units. This expansion raises total employment to approximately 4,700 and total plant investment to more than $4.2 billion.

Today's announcement is Toyota's 10th production increase announcement in the past 20 months including Toyota plants in Huntsville, Ala., Buffalo, W. Va., Georgetown, Ky., and Ontario, Canada. Cumulative investment total is approximately $2 billion, adding more than 4,000 jobs.

"This capacity increaseis to meet growing demand for the Highlander and is a part of our strategy to build vehicles where we sell them," said TMMI President Norm Bafunno. "We appreciate our loyal customers who value the quality products our dedicated team members build in Princeton, and we're excited to build even more Highlanders."

Toyota's Indiana plant builds a gas version of the popular Highlander and will begin producing the hybrid version before year-end. The new production volume added will be the gas model version. Soon, Highlanders born in Indiana will find new homes with drivers in Russia and Australia as TMMI is set to begin exporting to those countries later this year.

TMMI currently employs 4,500 team members and builds the Highlander, Sequoia full-size SUV and Sienna minivan. Current production capacity is 300,000 vehicles and will increase to 350,000 later this year as announced in February 2012. Today's news raises TMMI's annual capacity to 365,000 vehicles by late 2014.


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      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      the side profile is fine. even the headlights are fine, but that grill is ugly enough to make me look the other way. would i buy t, hell no. the rest is fine and even the interior is fine... the rear end is almost another disaster but not as bad as the front end
      Mr. Bader®
      • 2 Years Ago
      God could this car get any uglier
      herrLT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Right to work = jobs. Look at Michigan's descent (or Detroit's bankruptcy) to Indiana/Tennessee/SC growth. Bloated pensions with 8% expected annual returns are nuts. An employee with a 401k is lucky if their company matches 3% contributions with NO guaranteed return. As an Indiana native I say THANK YOU to Toyota, Subi, Caterpillar, etc.
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @herrLT
        Well stated. First thing Michigan could do (but really cannot) would be to establish right-to-work. It surely cannot get any worse...in Michigan. Wait, it can. And will.
          Walt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          Try keeping better tabs on current events. Michigan became the 24th state to pass a right-to-work law that went into effect last March. I expect big things from Michigan over the next 10 years as a result. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/12/11/michigan-passes-public-sector-right-to-work-law-amid-protests/
      Snark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, the new Highlander is just....thunderously ugly. The outgoing one isn't a beauty queen, but there's nothing really offensive about it - but the front end and taillights on the '14 are hideous and the entire car is lumpy, bizarrely proportioned, and ungraceful.
        Breitling
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Snark
        Agreed, worse suv besides new Pathfinder with cvt tranny. But look around who is driving it ...
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      lools better and more aggressive then the out going model.
      Karl_T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sooo.... Do people who buy these things just simply decide "Ok, fine... It's got a good warranty, and there is a dealer near my work. I guess that'll do"? It can't be a decision based-on emotion... desire... longing...
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! This new Highlander looks great! Nice to see Toyota adding jobs and investing in the US!
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      This Highlander is flat out unattractive. It's even conveniently painted feces brown. All it needs are the TRD stickers for the ultimate Turd-mobile award. Probably very reliable though.
      WHO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Suckit UAW
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      $30 million to keep making this ugly ass truck. "that's a face only a mom could love" should be toyota's new slogan
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm over taillights that stick out like warts. They're just begging to be broken by something in a garage or yard.
      Breitling
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota lately making extrimely ugly cars, that is including latest IS/GS Lexus. Highlander is a car for soccer moms and immigrants from India here in NY area, Toyoa Sienna is their second option. Boring and tasteless!
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        @Breitling
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          Luis A. Martinez
          • 2 Years Ago
          Smart answer,and don't worry the GM Arcadia,Outlook,Vue,Cadillac something and Buick are all design by Daewoo and when all under GM umbrella when Saic and GM got them,plus any Toyota is a smart buy....they last forever and many company's tried to fallow them close.
          3pipes
          • 2 Years Ago
          You nailed it. Besides, why would we judge their choices? If you have nothing good to say to them, better not speak.
        3pipes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Breitling
        Another self-proclaimed "enthusiast". If you hate toyota/lexus, why would you waste your time reading articles about them? Regarding those indians you mentioned, they are not tasteless, perhaps they just adhere to the saying that says 'never bite larger than you can swallow'. Btw highlander and sienna are good cars, I wonder what you drive or do you have your own car?
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