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Toyota Indiana launches the 2014 Highlander; prepared for hybrids and exports

December 5, 2013

Popular SUV responsible for $430 million investment and more than 600 jobs by 2014 end PRINCETON, Ind. (Dec. 5, 2013) – Hoosier pride was felt deep and wide on the plant floor of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana this morning as the company celebrated the start of production of the all-new 2014 Highlander. TMMI team members and area citizens have much to celebrate, as the popular midsize SUV is responsible for $430 million additional investment and more than 600 jobs at the Princeton automotive plant. “Automotive manufacturers and suppliers around Indiana are putting their expansion plans into gear, creating jobs and more opportunities in every corner of the state,” said Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann. “With Toyota’s launch of production for the new Highlander right here in the Hoosier State, we are witnessing an economy driving forward. From our world-class workforce to our low cost of doing business, Indiana proves daily that it is a state that works for automotive manufacturing.” The Princeton plant builds a gas version of the Highlander and will begin producing the hybrid version early next year.  Highlanders born in Indiana will find new homes with drivers in the Russian and Australian regions as TMMI expands its export reach. Highlander export business allows for better utilization of the Indiana plant, and helps capitalize on the improving North American and global auto market.  In addition to the new jobs created at the Indiana plant, this project increases opportunities and jobs for Toyota’s North American supply base. 2014 new Highlander features All-new exterior with three-row seating for up to eight, Increased cargo capacity, Three power train choices: a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, a powerful V-6 with a new six-speed transmission, and a V-6-powered Hybrid Synergy Drive, Entune Audio with Bluetooth phone and streaming music and touch-screen display, Integrated backup camera, STAR Safety System, includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake assist and Smart Stop Technology, Adjustable height power rear liftgate and flip-up rear hatch window, and Eight-way power driver seat. “The all-new Highlander is a dynamic, stylish SUV and its quality craftsmanship and the fact that it will be exported to the Russian and Australian markets is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team members.” Bafunno said.  “This really is a milestone for our entire team,” Sheila Showalter, Quality Assurance team leader, couldn’t agree more. “When I started here 16 years ago, I was one of 1,300 team members in the West Plant and we were only building the Tundra.  It is exciting to be a part of something this big.” Representing a $4.2 billion investment, TMMI currently employs about 4,500.  By the end of 2014, Toyota will...

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Toyota to Host Automotive Job Fair; 12 suppliers/partners to attend

November 11, 2013

PRINCETON, Ind. – As the launch of the new Highlander hybrid approaches, TMMI and its suppliers are searching for additional qualified candidates to add to their respective work forces. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana will host a job fair at its Visitors Center Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Interested applicants can talk with representatives from TMMI, its variable workforce partner Aerotek and eleven other suppliers and vendor partners.   Representatives from KC Transportation, Spartan Staffing and Omnisource for McClellan, Toyota Tsusho, Toyota Boshoku, Millennium Steel, Green Metals, The PIC Group, Vuteq, Diversity Vuteq and Voith will participate.   All positions will support TMMI and its partners locally.   Information about Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana Toyota Indiana began production in Princeton, Ind., in 1998.  Today, Toyota Indiana employs about 4,500 team members from the Tri-State.  Inside the 4-million-square-foot automotive manufacturing facility, team members produce the Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle, Sienna minivan and Highlander midsize sport utility vehicle.  In December, Toyota Indiana will add a new addition to its lineup, the Highlander hybrid, and will begin exporting vehicles to the Russia and Australia regions.  Toyota’s total investment at the Princeton, Ind., plant is $4.34 billion. Toyota Indiana has paid more than $74 million in local property taxes since 1997 and donated more than $14 million since 1996 to local community organizations that support youth and education, health and human services, civic and community programs and arts and culture.  Toyota has been a zero landfill facility since May 2005. Those interested in taking a tour of the plant may call the Visitors Center at 888-696-8211 or go online at www.tourtoyotaindiana.com to request a reservation.  “Like” our Visitors Center by going to...

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Toyota Indiana hiring 90 more production team members

June 4, 2013

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana will hire another 90 production team members by the end of July as Toyota Indiana continues its preparation for the all-new Toyota Highlander later this year, as well as hybrid and export models. By the end of July, Toyota Indiana will have hired 446 production team members, 46 more than planned when the $400 million Highlander expansion was announced in February 2012.  Toyota needs the additional staffing because of continued strong sales of the current model Highlander and anticipated strong demand for the next generation.  The Gibson County plant also will build the midsize sport utility vehicle for the Australian and Russian regions and hybrid models. Toyota Indiana President Norm Bafunno attended the New York International Auto Show in March when the new Highlander was publicly revealed.  “The atmosphere was incredible,” he said.  “Our customers, both repeat and new, are very excited about this completely redesigned vehicle, and the excitement is growing in our plant, too.” The expansion, which will increase Highlander production by 50,000 units, is a great opportunity for Toyota Indiana, Bafunno said.  “Toyota has great confidence in our team members, who are investing their time and talent to ensure we have a successful launch, while, at the same time, responding to our customers’ continued demand for the current model,” he added. Toyota Indiana hires production team members from its variable workforce, which is provided by Aerotek.  Aerotek team members hired by Toyota are backfilled.  Applicants interested in Aerotek production positions can apply at www.aerotekin.com.  Skilled maintenance positions are also available and can be viewed at www.toyota.com/jobs.   Information about Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana Toyota Indiana began production in Princeton, Ind., in 1998.  Today, Toyota Indiana employs about 4,500 team members from the Tri-State.  Inside the 4-million-square-foot automotive manufacturing facility, team members produce the Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle, Sienna minivan and Highlander midsize sport utility vehicle.  In the fall of this year, Toyota Indiana will add to its lineup the Highlander Hybrid, and will begin exporting Highlander to the Russian and Australian regions.  Toyota’s total investment at the Princeton, Ind., plant is $4.2 billion. Toyota Indiana has paid more than $68 million in local property taxes since 1997 and donated more than $14 million since 1996 to local community organizations that support youth and education, health and human services, civic and community programs and arts and culture.  Toyota has been a zero landfill facility since May 2005. Those interested in taking a tour of the plant may call the Visitors Center at 888-696-8211 or go online at www.tourtoyotaindiana.com to request a reservation.  “Like” our Visitors Center by going to...

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Toyota Indiana hosts Gibson, Vanderburgh, and Posey County third-graders at YMCA Camp Carson

April 25, 2013

PRINCETON, Ind. – For the 13th consecutive year, Toyota Indiana invited all Gibson County third-grade student to YMCA Camp Carson to celebrate Earth Month. This year we expanded our invitations to include some Posey and Vanderburgh county schools. North Elementary and Caze Elementary contributed to 140 additional students participating in our annual day camp. We hope to expand even further in the following years. Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden’s outreach program also presented its “Food Webs” program to educate students on the flow of energy through an ecosystem.  To end the day, The Magic Gardener performed his environmental magic show, and children were given a small Colorado Blue Spruce tree to take home and plant with their families. “Preserving our environment is a top priority for us at Toyota,” said Toyota Indiana spokeswoman Kelly Dillon.  “We hope to teach the children who participate in Earth Camp just how fun and easy protecting their planet can be.” About Toyota Indiana: Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana began production in Princeton, Ind., in 1998.  Today, TMMI employs about 4,500 team members from the Tri-State.  Inside the 4-million-square-foot automotive manufacturing facility, team members produce the Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle, Sienna minivan and Highlander midsize sport utility vehicle.  Toyota’s total investment in TMMI is $4.2 billion. TMMI has paid more than $68 million in local property taxes since 1997 and donated more than $14 million since 1996 to local community organizations that support youth and education, health and human services, civic and community programs and arts and culture.  TMMI has been a zero landfill facility since May 2005. Those interested in taking a tour of the plant may call the Visitors Center at 888-696-8211 or go online at www.tourtoyotaindiana.com to request a reservation.  “Like” our Visitors Center by going to...

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