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Lexington Mayor-Elect Linda Gorton names members of Transition Team to ensure smooth transition

Mayor-Elect Linda Gorton has named the members of her Transition Team, who will work with members of Mayor Jim Gray’s administration to ensure a smooth transition. “We want this transition to be seamless, and to put citizens first,” Gorton said. “There should be no interruption in the services the city provides citizens, and progress should continue uninterrupted on long-range projects.” Linda...

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...

Going All In: Toyota Kentucky launches production of cutting-edge Camry in Georgetown

Chad Lindon has worked at Toyota in Georgetown, Ky., for 22 years and said the 2018 Camry is the most exciting vehicle launch he’s seen, and for good reason. “The 2018 Camry takes it to another level,” said Lindon, a Powertrain production team member. “It catches the eye. It has more horsepower, better fuel economy, and new technology that customers want. That all adds up to more job security...

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...

First U.S.-produced Lexus rolls off assembly line, bringing Georgetown plant ‘full circle’

  The first-ever U.S.-produced Lexus ES 350 rolled off the assembly line at the Georgetown Toyota plant. The plant – Toyota’s largest in North America – has been preparing for production for two and a half years. (Toyota photos)   Call it a homecoming.   When Toyota introduced Lexus to the U.S. market in 1989, the Georgetown plant – its first stand-alone vehicle manufacturing...

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...

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...

Golden Apple Awards go to six groups for successful education-business partnerships

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Everyone was on the same page Thursday at Commerce Lexington’s Good Morning Bluegrass breakfast, where the Community Partners Leadership Team and Fayette County Public Schools recognized high-performance partners for 2013-2014. These award-winners invest their time, energy and expertise in the district or particular schools through committed exchanges...

Toyota, KSU to develop mechanical engineers with $375,000 minority scholarship program

A scholarship program was unveiled today that matches Toyota’s need for mechanical engineers with that of top incoming students at Kentucky State University in Frankfort.   Toyota President Wil James present Dr. Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University, with a $375,000 check for the new Toyota Engineering Scholarship program. (Photo courtesy of KSU) The Toyota Engineering Scholarship...

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...

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...

Toyota plant president: 25 years in Georgetown included progress, obstacles

Wil James has watched Georgetown’s Toyota plant grow over the past quarter of a century — from it starting as “a big, muddy pit with holes in the ground” to producing more than 8 million vehicles.   James’ first year leading the plant — he was named president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in July 2010 — was also eventful, coming right after the worst of the economic recession...