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This loom was invented by Sakichi Toyoda, the father of Toyota Motor Corp. founder Kiichiro Toyoda. You’ll explore how this loom formed the basis for the Toyota Production System.
Toyota traces its roots to a loom – a machine used for producing cloth. Your visit will include a look at the Toyoda family and its role in helping a struggling Japanese textile industry meet the challenges of the day. Plus, you’ll discover how a small Japanese loom company became a worldwide automotive manufacturer.
Commerce along the Ohio and Wabash rivers brought settlers and early growth to Evansville, Princeton and the surrounding Tri-State. Visitors Center exhibits trace the region’s rich history in transportation, furniture, farming, appliances and coal. You’ll explore the area’s contribution to the automobile industry – from the first trucks ever produced to TMMI’s 3 millionth vehicle – and you’ll see how it continues today with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.
Our award-winning sport utility vehicles and minivans start from huge coils of steel from American mills. At the Visitors Center, you’ll see how that steel, along with hundreds of other parts, largely from American suppliers, is fashioned into our high-quality vehicles. Multimedia and interactive displays will showcase how parts are delivered just in time to production lines and will guide you through our production shops: Stamping, Body Weld, Paint, Plastics and Assembly. You’ll also learn that, through it all, special attention is paid to minimizing our impact on the environment.
The stamping press exhibit uses a simulated process to demonstrate how Toyota stamps out steel vehicle parts on the shop floor.
The first thing you will be prompted to do at this exhibit is insert a piece of cardstock into the machine. Next you will be instructed to press a sequence of buttons, which signal for a car door to be punched out of the cardstock. This simulates the way our steel doors are stamped out on the shop floor but demonstrates it in a way that our visitors can easily understand.
The plastics exhibit uses a simulated process to demonstrate how Toyota uses injection molding to mold all plastic vehicle parts in the plant.
Instead of producing a bumper cover as is produced on the shop floor, this exhibit demonstrates the injection molding process by going through and explaining every step necessary to produce a plastic coin.
At the end of the demo, the visitor is actually able to keep the coin produced as a souvenir.
Just as with the stamping exhibit, this demonstrates the process in a way that is easily understandable to our visitors and serves as a wonderful learning experience for them.
Toyota started as an auto manufacturer in 1930s Japan and has grown to worldwide prominence. You’ll get a glimpse into the early years of Toyota, its entry into the U.S. market in 1957, and its growth in North America, where vehicles are now developed, designed and built by Americans for Americans.
This display features a 2008 Toyota Tundra suspended from the ceiling, with 180 truck parts ‘frozen’ in place as if coming together into a completed pickup. Toyota Indiana was the birthplace of the Tundra, which is now built in Texas.