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Toyota emphasizes commitment to Kentucky, investing $238m in two new models in Georgetown

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. executives, Gov. Matt Bevin, and local officials announced a $238 million investment to add production of two models at the Georgetown plant; the Lexus ES Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid. “Toyota has been a remarkable corporate partner to the commonwealth for the past 30 years, and we thank the company for its continued commitment to Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “We...

Toyota out of starting gate with all-new, diverse 2019 Avalon at the Georgetown production plant

With the Kentucky Derby just two weeks away, Toyota unveiled the newest addition to a strong stable of vehicles at its plant in the Bluegrass State: the all-new 2019 Avalon. And, a quick jump out of the starting gate is expected. Built on its Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) manufacturing platform, this fifth generation of the Avalon has proven to be the “future of Toyota manufacturing,” said...

Susan Elkington named president of Toyota Kentucky, succeeding Wil James who is retiring

Toyota is announcing the latest in a series of female-led appointments with Susan Elkington slated to take the helm of Toyota’s largest plant in the world, located in Georgetown beginning in 2018.   As president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), Elkington will oversee a $7 billion operation, which employs over 8,000 people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles...

New $35 million Interstate 75 interchange in Scott County now open to traffic

Motorists traveling on Interstate 75 in Scott County now have a new option to access a major connection point between the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) facility and Georgetown. The result also will alleviate congestion, spur economic development and improve access for the tens of thousands of travelers in the area daily. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas announced...

Past and present welcome the future as Toyota celebrates its first 30 years in Kentucky

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior writer GEORGETOWN — Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky celebrated its 30th anniversary Wednesday, opening its doors to the future while honoring the first three decades of success. The company unveiled its new welcome center and donated $100,000 to several organizations, including a $30,000 contribution to the VEX robotics program in Scott County. Toyota celebrated...

Starting Gate after-school literacy program gets $7,500 from Toyota to expand services

The Race For Education announced today that Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky will continue its support of Starting Gate, the nonprofit’s after-school literacy program.   The organization recently received a grant of $7,500, specifically dedicated to expanding Starting Gate’s services.   “Toyota believes in the importance of after-school education and appreciates the work of Starting...

Statewide ‘Alive at 25’ defensive-driving program serves as wake-up call for teens

Alive at 25 instructor Ron Turley, speaking at Lafayette High School, uses workbook exercises, videos, interactive discussion, re-enactments and role playing to reach teenagers, along with personal stories from his 27 years with the Kentucky State Police. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane/FCPS)   Ron Turley spent 27 years patrolling the highways of Kentucky as a state trooper. Ask him what the worst part...

Statewide 'Alive at 25' defensive-driving program serves as wake-up call for teens

Alive at 25 instructor Ron Turley, speaking at Lafayette High School, uses workbook exercises, videos, interactive discussion, re-enactments and role playing to reach teenagers, along with personal stories from his 27 years with the Kentucky State Police. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane/FCPS)   Ron Turley spent 27 years patrolling the highways of Kentucky as a state trooper. Ask him what the worst part...

Team member drives home the 10 millionth Toyota 26 years after first U.S.-made Camry

“It’s icing on the cake,” said Tom Keith about the white 2014 Camry hybrid he won in a random drawing on Wednesday. The 26-year, 4-month veteran of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown took the keys to the plant’s 10 millionth vehicle, and he was there as well when the first American-made Camry, also white, rolled off the line in 1988.   Tom Keith in the 10...

With single steel column, construction begins on assembly line for first U.S.-produced Lexus

Wil James, president of Toyota’s Kentucky plant, signed a steel column symbolizing the start of construction on an assembly line for the first U.S.-produced Lexus. (Photo from Toyota)   With the first steel column now in place, construction is officially under way on the future assembly line of the first U.S.-produced Lexus. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky commemorated the milestone...

Judy Clabes: ‘Lexus Journey’ begins in Ky.,
as Toyota team learns attitude behind the car

The ‘Lexus Journey’ to Kentucky has already begun as the Georgetown plant readies for production of the first Lexus ES in 2015. (Photo by Judy Clabes) The Lexus ES will roll off a new production line at Georgetown’s Toyota Manufacturing plant in 2015, becoming the first time the popular Lexus luxury automobile will be American-made.   But “The Lexus Journey” to Kentucky has...

Business, education and the arts create blueprint for strong workforce, experts agree

A group of nearly 60 arts educators, teaching artists, school representatives, business people and representatives from arts organizations gathered to hear some of the state’s leaders in business and education discuss the role arts education plays in preparing Kentucky’s young people for the workforce.   “Creativity and Innovation: Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce”...

Toyota donations to Black Males Working Academy focused on 'what children need now'

Wil James (left), TMMK plant president, joins students from the BMW Academy and the program’s director, Roszalyn Akins (right), to present donation of $10,500 and 20 laptop computers.   Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky today announced a donation to the Black Males Working Academy, a collaborative program with Fayette County schools that focuses on preparing young African-American males for...

Waltrip brothers among NASCAR drivers making preseason appearance at Toyota plant

NASCAR drivers visited Toyota's Georgetown plant for a preseason appearance. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt)   Celebrated NASCAR drivers and Kentuckians Darrell and Michael Waltrip visited the Bluegrass for a rare, preseason appearance at Toyota’s Georgetown plant. Joining the Owensboro natives was a group of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series drivers, along with several Toyota...