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.”



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