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Toyota's Kentucky Plant celebrates reaching its 13 millionth vehicle produced with a $1.75 million commitment to education and workforce programs.

18 Mar 2021 | International News : U.S.A

A very special RAV4 Hybrid rolled off the line at Toyota's largest plant worldwide in Georgetown, Kentucky, earlier in March. This particular RAV4 Hybrid marked the 13th millionth vehicle assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) since production started in 1988.

"On one hand, it's hard to believe we have produced 13 million vehicles," said Susan Elkington, TMMK president. "However, when you consider the dedication and skill of our Kentucky team it isn't so hard to imagine. It's incredible to think about our customers, their families, and all the places they've gone in our 13 million vehicles. Looking forward, we are excited about the future of mobility and being able to take more people, more places."

This RAV4 is the 13 millionth vehicle produced at Toyota's Kentucky plant, a process that started 33 years ago in 1988
TMMK, best known for producing the Camry and Avalon, began production of the RAV4 Hybrid in January 2020 as the result of multiple investments by Toyota, totalling over $1.5 billion since 2017. These investments were part of a larger commitment by the company to invest over $13 billion in its North American manufacturing operations from 2017 to 2021. That goal was reached a year early while creating over 6,500 jobs.

The 1,300-acre Georgetown campus, Toyota's first plant in North America, represents an $8 billion investment and employs over 10,000 locals. It is also home to a powertrain facility on track to reach its own milestone this year, producing its 13 millionth engine.

Toyota Kentucky is proud to recognise both milestones with a $1.3 million commitment to furthering STEM education and workforce development programs across the Commonwealth. Funds will be utilised to engage diverse and under-resourced youth by exposing them to great manufacturing career opportunities.

2021 is a year full of milestones for the automaker. In February, the company celebrated its 30 millionth North American produced vehicle - a Toyota Sienna produced at its Princeton, Indiana plant. Later this year, Toyota Kentucky will celebrate its 35th anniversary and the production of its 10 millionth Camry.

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