A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Georgetown-assembled 2019 Lexus ES will offer drivers and all-new ‘game-changing’ vehicle

The next generation 2019 Lexus ES 350 is roaring off the production line in Georgetown and drivers will soon have a chance to burn up the streets in this game-changing vehicle. “We’ve implemented the all-new Lexus Global Architecture platform,” said Susan Elkington, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., (TMMK). “The 2019 ES starts with a newly developed, more rigid chassis...

Toyota provides $25K grant for Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) is providing continuing support for the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with its recent $25,000 grant to the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. The grant, reflecting Toyota’s longstanding commitment to the work, will assist the committee’s efforts to provide training and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower parents...

Commentary: Kentucky has earned a rightful reputation as a hub for modern manufacturing

By Susan Elkington and Jay Timmons Special to KyForward Though some may not know it yet, Kentucky has rightfully earned a reputation as a hub of modern manufacturing. In fact, more than 240,000 Kentuckians work in manufacturing, and modern manufacturers are looking to hire across the commonwealth. In Georgetown, Kentucky, modern manufacturing takes the form of auto production at the Toyota factory...

Kentucky’s 2017 corporate investment hits $9.2 billion creating 17,200 jobs; highest mark in 17 years

Shattering its previous investment record, Kentucky has announced $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017, bringing commitments to create more than 17,200 jobs, the most since 2000. “Kentucky’s record-setting performance this year in job creation and corporate investment is a direct result of the pro-business legislation, policies and programs we’ve enacted over...

Southern Lights Holiday Festival returns to Kentucky Horse Park Friday, open through Dec. 31

The 24th annual Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 17-Dec. 31. A holiday tradition for many families, more than 120,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond, making Southern Lights a premier holiday event in the region and nation. Families...

Toyota honors top employee volunteers after donations of over 15,000 hours to nonprofits in 2016

For the 23rd consecutive year, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) is recognizing team members for outstanding volunteerism in the community, including Georgetown resident, Bethany Giordano. Giordano received the company’s “Volunteer of the Year” award after volunteering more than 1,200 hours to local nonprofits, including the Scott County Humane Society and Girl Scouts, in 2016....

Partners for Youth, Toyota award 11 scholarships, including eight to Fayette students

Partners for Youth and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. (TMMK) awarded 11 scholarships during a November reception at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the University of Kentucky’s campus, mostly to students in Fayette County Public Schools. Dieumerci Isidor of Lafayette High School received $1,500 for the A.J. Newcomb Scholarship, named in honor of a Lafayette recipient who died of heart transplant...

Construction underway on BCTC center
for high-skills jobs training in Georgetown

BCTC’s Georgetown campus will feature a 78,000-square-foot center housing the advanced manufacturing technology program. (Rendering provided)   Ground has been broken on a new Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus in Georgetown that will house the Advanced Manufacturing Center for high-skills jobs training in Central Kentucky.   The new campus will feature a 78,000-square-foot...

Lexington students come through with much-needed donations to God's Pantry Food Bank

Thousands of students in Lexington’s public and private schools came through this fall with a much-needed donation of more than 67,000 pounds of nonperishables in the 2014 Kids Can Fight Hunger Food Drive. The donation has an estimated retail value of $113,230, according to God’s Pantry Food Bank.   Schools competed in four divisions based on total enrollment, with the STEAM Academy, Meadowthorpe...

Toyota employees, families volunteer for the fourth year to improve Salato wildlife center

This is the fourth year in a row that 100 volunteers from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky have worked planting trees and other activities at Salato Wildlife Education Center. (Photo from TMMK)   Power tools, paint brushes and rakes will be tree planting and site improvement tools of the trade for Toyota on Sunday, Oct. 5, when about 100 volunteers show up to work on the Salato Wildlife Education...

Top volunteers recognized at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky annual ceremony

(Photo from TMMK)   Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky honored its top volunteers during the company’s annual Volunteers In Place recognition ceremony.   The VIP program was established in 1994 to encourage volunteerism and recognize employees for their efforts. Program participants recorded approximately 22,000 volunteer hours in Kentucky communities in 2013 resulting in contributions...

Toyota grant helps National Safety Council, state police take driving course to more teens

A partnership between Toyota, the National Safety Council and Kentucky State Police is taking aim at the Commonwealth’s No. 1 killer of teens: motor-vehicle crashes.   At a press conference today at Kentucky State Police headquarters in Frankfort, it was announced that Alive at 25, an innovative defensive-driving course developed by the National Safety Council, will be implemented statewide...

Kentucky proves to be auto powerhouse with midyear production the third best in nation

Ford Motor Co.’s assembly plant in Louisville (Photo for Cabinet for Economic Development)   Consider this: if every car and truck produced in Kentucky this year represented a person, those newly-produced vehicles would rival the population of Jefferson County.   It should be no surprise, then, that this growth has added to Kentucky’s reputation as an automotive powerhouse. The state...

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...

New Toyota ads to highlight company’s commitment to Central Kentucky community

The Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., plant in Georgetown. (Photo from TMMK)   Symbolizing the breadth of Toyota’s contributions in Kentucky is a new TV commercial from the manufacturer, set to make its broadcast debut on June 24. The company’s commitment to community is embodied in a locally-produced premium leather Avalon seat, featured throughout the commercial in familiar community...

Toyota awards a $10,000 grant to Friends of Kentucky Theatre renovation campaign

The Friends of the Kentucky Theatre has received $10,000 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in support of its $1.5 million theatre renovation campaign.   Toyota’s contribution will be used specifically to help purchase and install a digital projection system, upgrade lighting in the theater to energy efficient LED lighting and to do basic upgrades such as replacing worn-out theatre...

Toyota Kentucky honors its top volunteers at annual Volunteers in Place recognition event

Toyota Kentucky Executives with top volunteers (l-r) Noboru Hidaka (executive adviser in manufacturing), Billy Wells, Pat Malesick, Mike Price (vice president in administration), Carla Wright, Osamu Ushio (corporate adviser), Bethany Giordano, Wil James (president), Dorothy McManigle (volunteer of the year), Walter Odisho (vice president in manufacturing), Ron Holbrook, J.P. Switzer and David Burke...

‘Kids Can Hunger’ collects more than 57,000 pounds during food drive for God's Pantry

In a year that has seen donations continue to drop, students at 40 elementary and middle schools across Fayette County came through this fall with more than 57,000 pounds of nonperishable food items for God’s Pantry Food Bank. The donations via “Kids Can Hunger” had an estimated retail value of $95,323.84.   Kids Can Hunger, which is sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, is...