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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.
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