Toyota to expand Lexus production to Kentucky

Automaker’s $360 million investment ‘a tribute’ to Georgetown workers

04/19/2013


Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky. Manufacturing plant will begin producing the Lexus ES 350 in 2015. The automaker announced a $360 million plant expansion April 17. Courtesy: Toyota Motor CorporationToyota’s Georgetown, Ky. manufacturing plant, winner of Plant Engineering’s Top Plant award in 2006, won another big prize on April 17: A bigger investment from Toyota Motor Corporation.

The company announced it would expand the Georgetown facility over the next two years to bring production of the Lexus ES 350 to Kentucky. The $360 million investment will create 750 jobs and expand Georgetown’s output from 500,000 cars annually to 550,000. Company officials said the investment would “maximize benefit-cost ratio to enhance overall profit structure and to ensure the level of Lexus quality that consumers expect.”

Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda said the past success at Georgetown with production of the Camry and other Toyota cars made the investment in this facility a wise one.

“Here in the United States, we chose Kentucky because of our successful 25-year partnership with the state,” Toyoda said during a press conference originating in New York. “It is also fitting that we chose Kentucky because it was Toyota's first stand-alone plant in America. So in a way, for manufacturing, Kentucky is Toyota's home.

He also praised the staff at Georgetown for its continuing excellence. “It also has some of the most-experienced Toyota team members in the world,” he said. “To our Kentucky teams watching this Webcast: This is a tribute to your extraordinary efforts and the hard work you have put into every single car for the past 25 years.”

“The decision to move ES 350 production to Kentucky is a true tribute to the hard work and commitment to excellence of every single Toyota team member at this plant,” said Toyota Kentucky president Wil James. “We deeply appreciate the tremendous support we have received from our community, from our local suppliers and business partners, and from (Kentucky Gov. Steve) Beshear and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We look forward to strengthening further the productive partnership we have built together over the last 25 years.”

“In 2012, the plant produced the 25 millionth Toyota vehicle built in North America,” company officials said in a press release. “Toyota recently committed to boosting production capacity for the 4-cylinder engine at the plant by more than 100,000 units. This $30 million project will create about 80 new jobs.”



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
The true cost of lubrication: Three keys to consider when evaluating oils; Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide; 11 ways to protect bearing assets; Is lubrication part of your KPIs?
Contract maintenance: 5 ways to keep things humming while keeping an eye on costs; Pneumatic systems; Energy monitoring; The sixth 'S' is safety
Transport your data: Supply chain information critical to operational excellence; High-voltage faults; Portable cooling; Safety automation isn't automatic
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks; Selecting protocol conversion gateways; Integrating HMIs with PLCs and PACs
Why manufacturers need to see energy in a different light: Current approaches to energy management yield quick savings, but leave plant managers searching for ways of improving on those early gains.

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.