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Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road receives nearly $50,000 to support STEM programs

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) received nearly $50,000 in grant funding from Toyota, Lexmark, LGE-KU, Berea College Appalachian Fund, and United Way of the Bluegrass to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs to 250 kindergarten through 12th grade girls in the state of Kentucky. GSKWR offers experiential STEM opportunities through badge workshops, events...

Bluegrass Care Navigators takes Camp Hope, a bereavement program for kids, virtual and it worked

BlueGrass Care Navigators had to adjust its Camp Hope sessions this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the creative bereavement counselors — and the kids — adapted in ways that made the virtual camp a success. Camp Hope was held virtually in October to help children cope with the grief of losing a loved one in a safe and positive setting. While this was a new experience for our young...

Wreaths Across America puts 10,000 evergreen wreaths on Camp Nelson National Cemetery graves

Wreaths Across America presented a program and laid over 10,000 live evergreen wreaths on graves at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville. With over 700 volunteers and attendees, this was the largest Wreaths Across America ever at Camp Nelson, more than doubling the number of wreaths that were laid last year. All ceremony participants were Kentuckians, including many military veterans. An...

Matt Partymiller: Monopoly utilities trying to force anti-consumer legislation through Senate Bill 100

Once again, monopoly utilities are trying to force anti-consumer and anti-competitive legislation through the General Assembly – this time at breakneck speed. Senate Bill 100 would strengthen an already monopolistic industry and greatly increase bureaucracy and regulations. It would destroy the current net-metering law, which not only gives Kentuckians the freedom to choose, but benefits all consumers...

Assistant U.S. secretary visits BCTC campus as part of ‘Rethink’ tour to learn about workforce programs

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) welcomed Scott Stump, U.S. assistant secretary of education for career, technical and adult education, to its campus as part of Department of Education’s Back to School Tour themed, “Rethink.” He and the other assistant secretaries are traveling the United States looking at institutions that are innovatively approaching workforce education,...

U.S. Chamber launching campaign against tariffs; NKY Chamber, Toyota say jobs threatened

By Judy Clabes KyForward.com The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a campaign against President Donald Trump’s tariffs — and the possibility of an emerging all-out trade war. The national Chamber says that $1.5 billion in Kentucky exports are threatened and that 539,000 Kentucky jobs are supported by global trade. When the U.S. imposed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Canada...

NKITA members hear about Japan’s influence on state’s auto industry, take a few laps, at KY Speedway

By Kevin Eigelbach Northern Kentucky Tribune At the May meeting of the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (NKITA), Toshio Nakao told a story that illustrated the difference between American and Japanese ideas of justice. Mark Simendinger, general manager of the Kentucky Speedway, talks with attendees at the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association meeting at the Speedway on...

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...

UK, Toyota partner to offer unique engineering program to address automotive industry needs

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward Two of Kentucky’s economic engines are collaborating to graduate more engineers with automotive production training already under their belt, addressing a significant industry need in the nation’s third-largest auto-producing state. Toyota Motor Engineering North America announced today at its Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center grand opening...

‘One Toyota’ creates new $80m engineering facility in Georgetown with capacity for 800 on cutting-edge

It’s a big task, but Toyota Motor North America has the best and brightest accepting the challenge: innovate and problem solve to create the next generation of manufacturing technology. Today’s newly opened $80 million, 235,000 square foot state-of-the-art and environmentally-conscious Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center (PEMC) in Georgetown, is the final building constructed under...

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....

Toyota announces $2.35 million grant to prepare students for advanced manufacturing careers

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward The Toyota USA Foundation announced Tuesday, its commitment to preparing teachers and students for the next generation of advanced manufacturing jobs through a $2.35 million grant to Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE). “Persistent workforce gaps in STEM fields can be solved by increased participation and inclusion...

Toyota named official vehicle of Kentucky Speedway in announcement at TMMK plant in Georgetown

Kentucky Speedway Monday announced Toyota as the “Official Vehicle of Kentucky Speedway,” a partnership that includes a range of integrated elements that will create exposure for the brand using the venue’s traditional, digital and social promotional platforms. Kentucky Speedway’s annual events, including the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts NASCAR race weekend in July, will...

Changing the Game: Toyota employees earn national ‘Women in Manufacturing’ Award

The Manufacturing Institute has recognized 130 recipients of the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award, including two women from Toyota. Lisa Lawrence, a 28-year Toyota employee and body weld manager at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., and Nora Arellano, a senior engineering manager at Toyota Technical Center in York, MI., and Purdue...

Toyota announces record $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant for next generation vehicle

A $1.33 billion investment- the highest of any automaker in Kentucky and the second-largest in state history- will make Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) the first plant in North America to begin producing vehicles using Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Named the “Most American Made” car by Cars.com and the number one selling car in America for the past 15 years, the Camry,...

Toyota’s Legacy: Erlanger laboratory to be The Ignite Institute, world-class STEAM education center

Creating an enduring gift to fuel the economic engine of the Tri-State, Toyota announced that it is donating its Quality and Production Engineering Laboratory on its campus in Erlanger to develop a STEAM-focused education center to serve the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region. The vision, a collaborative endeavor involving state and local leaders, is world-class STEAM education that inspires...

National study shows Toyota’s 30-year impact on Kentucky economy exceeded $6.6 billion

A recent study by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) shows Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) is making a major impact on the Bluegrass State through strong jobs numbers, payroll, and capital and philanthropic investments. CAR, a national think tank, found in 2015 that every Toyota manufacturing, sales, logistics or support operations job in Kentucky created nearly three more...

Toyota responds to Trump’s Tweet with ‘Fast Facts’ — emphasizes no decrease in U.S. employment

Staff report President-elect Donald Trump has earned a reputation as fast on the Tweet, obviously his favorite form of social communication. On Thursday, the president-elect had words for Toyota. Here’s what Trump tweeted Thursday morning:  Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax. Toyota had a prompt...

Toyota surprises three Georgetown non-profits with $10,000 grants to celebrate anniversary

Three Georgetown non-profits thought they were meeting with Toyota team members Thursday to tell them more about their programs and make their pitch for a grant request. What they didn’t know is a group from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) had something different in mind, surprising each of the three non-profits with a $10,000 check. The following organizations received $10,000...

Toyota South earns recognition for bike giveaway program for local foster children

Toyota Motor North America will recognize the team at the Toyota South dealership for an innovative bike giveaway program aimed at local foster children. The celebration is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Richmond-based business. Last month, Toyota South was acknowledged at Toyota’s national dealer meeting in Las Vegas for the “Bud Gates Bike Drive.” The program is...