Toyota made public their plans to increase investment to $1.3 billion at the flagship Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) facility in Georgetown, reinforcing the company’s commitment to high-quality vehicles and long-term job stability.
The announcement builds on the company’s May 2023 announcement to invest $591 million in future projects and increase its job retention commitment with the state by 700 full-time employees to establish the company’s first U.S.-assembled battery electric vehicle (BEV) in Scott County.
“You cannot think of the Bluegrass region and Scott County without thinking of Toyota,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are grateful that they continue to invest in our commonwealth and continue to set a standard for high-quality, well-paying jobs for our citizens. Thank you, Toyota, for yet another $1 billion-plus investment coming to Kentucky.”
Last year, Gov. Beshear announced Toyota will produce an all-new, three-row battery electric SUV at TMMK. The increased investment further supports that commitment and will add a battery pack assembly line at the facility, with batteries to be supplied by Toyota Battery Manufacturing North Carolina. The project brings the plant’s total investment to nearly $10 billion since it began operation.
“Today’s announcement reflects our commitment to vehicle electrification and further reinvesting in our U.S. operations,” said Kerry Creech, president of Toyota Kentucky. “Generations of our team members helped prepare for this opportunity, and we will continue leading the charge into the future by remaining true to who we are as a company and putting our people first for generations to come.”
This investment adds to the Georgetown operation’s history of groundbreaking technology and production. In 2006, TMMK was Toyota’s first plant in the United States to manufacture hybrid electric vehicles and later was selected to assemble fuel cell modules for use in hydrogen-powered, heavy-duty commercial trucks. The plant also plays a critical role in Toyota’s global electrification strategy, with an aggressive goal to offer electric or hybrid versions of every vehicle model by 2025.
TMMK is Toyota’s largest production facility globally and currently employs approximately 9,400 team members. Opened in 1988, more than 12 million vehicles have rolled off TMMK’s assembly lines, including the Camry, America’s best-selling sedan. Current production capacity is approximately 550,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines annually, with more than 350 suppliers nationwide – including over 100 in Kentucky.
Toyota is also committed to investing in its operational communities, primarily focusing on education and workforce development. Since making Kentucky home nearly four decades ago, more than $154 million in local donations continue to make sizeable impacts in the Bluegrass State.
Scott County Judge/Executive Joe Pat Covington thanked leadership at Toyota for their latest investment at TMMK: “Today’s announcement from Toyota and their continued significant investment in the facility in Scott County is a testament to the confidence that they have in our region and community to help make Toyota competitive in the market for many years to come. Many thanks to Toyota!”
Georgetown Mayor Burney Jenkins noted the company’s continued commitment to the local workforce: “Toyota continues to invest in our community to keep good, high-paying jobs that enable our citizens to compete in this region and state economy.”
Jack Conner, executive director of Scott County United Inc., said the increased investment reflects the Scott County community’s ability to support growing businesses: “The new announcement of the continued investment and reinvestment in the Georgetown/Scott County Toyota facility is further evidence of the strong economy in our community and the commitment Toyota continues to make to our city, county, region and state. Thank you, Toyota!”
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