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Toyota in Georgetown KY invests 1.33B in Technical Advancements

The Economic Contribution of TMMK

Toyota Plant, TMMK

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), located in Georgetown KY, is Toyota’s largest vehicle manufacturing plant in the world.  It has the annual capacity to produce 550,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines.  TMMK has offered a substantial contribution to our local economy with full-time employment of more than 8,000.  It has significantly contributed to Kentucky’s automotive industry with 500+ facilities which employ more than 100,000 full time.  The facility, currently covering 8.1 million square feet, receives components from 350 supplier locations in the U.S., more than 100 of which are also in Kentucky.

Since its opening in 1988, over 11 million vehicles have rolled off Toyota’s assembly lines in Georgetown. In addition to the Camry, America’s best-selling car, TMMK manufactures the Camry Hybrid, Avalon, and Avalon Hybrid. In 2015, the plant also started producing the Lexus ES 350.  This marked the first time a Lexus vehicle was made in the U.S. More than 1.5 million training hours and an investment of $360 million went into bringing Lexus’s best-selling sedan on-line at TMMK.

The History of the TMMK Plant

Gov. Collins in 1986

“Every time we went to Japan, I called on Toyota. That was before they said they were coming to North America. …. It was the relationship that we built. What I would tell anybody who I was visiting with was I was looking for a good corporate citizen, somebody who wanted to come to hire my people.” – Governor Martha Layne Collins

Its history started in the 1980s with then former Gov. Martha Layne Collins.  Her dogged pursuit of the automaker included several trips to Japan to meet with Toyota, wooing them at the Governor’s Mansion with beef dinner, baked Alaska desserts topped with sparklers, and a chorus singing the traditional Kentucky classics.  Because the governor heard her Japanese visitors loved them, the dinner also included a fireworks display. The result?  Out of twenty states that were in the running, Toyota chose Kentucky, and with great excitement held a groundbreaking in May 1986.  For now more than 30 years, Governor Collins is still credited with one of the best economic moves in the state’s history, one for which she is still appreciated on a regular basis.

“Even now, I can be out shopping and people walk up and say, ‘Thank you.’ I think, ‘What have I done?’ They say, ‘You brought Toyota. My husband has a job there and because of that, my children will go to college.’ “

Toyota Invests in $1.33 billion Expansion

TMMK celebrated 10 million vehicles in May

The $1.33 billion overhaul is set to increase manufacturing flexibility and to prepare Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) for a new approach to design and manufacturing of vehicles.  Over the next few years, the Reborn project will replace or refurbish equipment and add new technology in multiple manufacturing areas, including stamping, body weld, paint, plastics, assembly, and powertrain. Additionally, a new paint shop will be constructed and outfitted with new equipment and technology. The Georgetown plant will be the first North American facility to use TNGA, starting with the 2018 Camry.

Sec. Terry Gill of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development said the new project will generate long-range benefits for Toyota, its employees, and Kentucky. It not only solidifies Toyota’s long-term commitment to its Kentucky plant, but it will have a continual positive impact on our communities, employees, and residents of the Commonwealth. Additionally, this strengthens Kentucky’s status as a top state for auto manufacturing.

“Given the economic, employment, and community benefits of our three-decade partnership with TMMK, I welcome the new project and look forward to its positive impacts for Georgetown.” – Georgetown Mayor Prather

Corporate Housing in Georgetown KY

Georgetown Corporate Housing

Since 1997, Lexington Relocation has worked to provide our executive and corporate visitors to the Commonwealth a better lodging experience.  Our quality, furnished apartments offer greater comfort, freedom, privacy, and amenities over a hotel stay, especially for business travelers who are staying more than one or two nights.  We are locally owned and locally operated with our headquarters located in Lexington, KY. We provide furnished apartments throughout the state, including Georgetown, KY, with communities just minutes from TMMK.

Our dedicated team is trained to provide friendly and helpful customer service and assist individuals and their families transition to a new city, state, or country. We provide assistance and guidance throughout guests’ stays with local recommendations, answers to any of their questions, and handling of specific needs or requests in regards to their lodging. Our furnished apartments offer our business travelers with all the comforts of home and more with flexible upscale furniture packages, housewares, bedding, Tempur-Pedic© mattresses, cleaning and laundry services – all in safe, upscale and amenity-rich communities.  Additionally, our home-like lodging provides all of the above benefits at a fraction of the costs compared to a luxury hotel  (see Hotel Rates Comparison).

Communities include pools, fitness centers, & business centers

We work directly with human resource managers and relocation specialists to provide your temporary or full-time employees, interns, visiting partners, subcontractors, and consultants with superior lodging during their visit. We’ve seen over the years how the process continues to grow more complex and how many functions have been outsourced to third-party relocation companies. We work in conjunction with both entities to ensure the temporary housing portion of the relocation process goes smoothly. Lexington Relocation is a proud member of both the local and national SHRM organizations since 1998.

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