By on March 14, 2019

Image: Toyota

There’s no idling of plants at the Big T. With news of electrified versions of the RAV4 Hybrid and Lexus ES heading to Kentucky for the first time, Toyota is set to invest a further $749 million into its American operations, adding hundreds of jobs across five states.

This builds on a commitment made by the company a couple of years ago, one in which it pledged to invest about $10 billion (with a “b”) by 2021. Those of you with sharp memories will recall that’s the year a new manufacturing facility is scheduled to open, one which marks the start of a joint venture with Mazda and the creation of 4,000 jobs in the great state of Alabama.

As for today’s announcement, the company’s Alabama operations grabs the lion’s share of that money, as well. Toyota’s investment of $288 million will increase annual engine capacity from 670,000 to 900,000 by the end of 2021, increasing product flexibility and accommodating market demand. New four-banger and V6 engine lines will add 450 new jobs at its Huntsville facility, allegedly the largest hiring need in the plant’s history. The investment also includes a building expansion.

Folks in Kentucky will be the beneficiaries of $238 million in new funding, more than enough to purchase several buckets of extra tasty crispy entrees prepared by a man wearing a white seersucker mainsail. Toyota’s Kentucky vehicle plant, the company’s largest globally, will begin production of the Lexus ES 300h hybrid in May 2019 with annual capacity of 12,000 units, while RAV4 Hybrid production starts in January 2020 with an annual capacity of 100,000 units. TMMK’s factory workers also build Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Lexus ES models, with an annual capacity of 550,000 vehicles.

Image: Toyota

This gives us some insight into the type of volume Toyota expects to see out of its new RAV hybrid. Last year in America, the company found homes for 427,168 new units. The bullish capacity means the company either truly expecting one in four RAV customers to choose electrification, or bets are being hedged for future variants.

Missouri, Tennessee, and West Virginia (COUNTRY ROAAADS! *ahem, excuse me*) also get a slice of this new money pie to the tunes of $62, $50, and $111 million bucks, respectively. Toyota’s cylinder head plant in the Show Me state will now be able to crank out an extra 864,000 of the things for cars on the company’s TNGA platform, while factories in the Volunteer and Mountain states (why do these ridiculous nicknames exist?) can now make scads more transaxle pieces for hybrids. Presumably, this has something to do with those bullish numbers listed above.

Currently, Toyota says it employs more than 37,000 people, operates 10 manufacturing plants, and houses about 1,500 dealers in this country.

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36 Comments on “Toyota Plowing Money and Jobs Into U.S. Operations...”

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    With the current front ends of Lexus and more and more Toyotas looking like a giant whale mouth, they won’t be getting my money for such fugly vehicles.

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    Not a fan of the brand but I am glad they are (re)investing in America.

    BTW, they should throw Canada a bone or two.

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    The way the population trends are going in Japan, I wonder when some the Japanese majors will decide to move corporate headquarters to more profitable and/or growing markets. Corporate and manufacturing staffing and car sales gets pretty difficult when everyone is over 65.

    • 0 avatar

      Do not worry, HQ will always be in Japan. The answer to dearth of people is always Robots and even more Robots. More! Especially in Japan where robots are accepted as equals with Bushido hardcoded in ROM.

    • 0 avatar

      Just because Japan wisely realizes that ever-growing populations result in ever-growing crowding and stress – doesn’t mean the population drops to zero.
      Some people don’t care to see the Earth covered in concrete and garbage dumps.

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        Yeah, I admire Japan for doing just fine as an advanced country with a low birthrate, dovetails with increased automation perfectly. They have paralyzed people controlling robots remotely in hospitals taking care of other patients and other very innovative things. Not insisting that bringing in social-trust-destroying hordes of third world immigrants as the only possible solution (despite calls for just that from all the usual suspects).

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          “…social-trust-destroying hordes of third world immigrants…”?

          I think that kind of statement is beneath you. Am I wrong?

          • 0 avatar

            It’s a sad reality, frankly. And some pretty solid academic footing for this sentiment too, read Robert Putnam’s “Bowling Alone.” Given time for adequate assimilation these feelings of loss of social trust dissipate, but at the rates of current immigration in many examples across the Western world this does not happen.

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            Just think what it will do to the planet to relocate all of these people from low carbon-footprint countries to the ones with the largest carbon-footprints. Shouldn’t that be more important than destroying social order? It’s almost like the globalists don’t believe in anthropogenic climate change any more than their personal lives reflect. They just want to destroy the middle class at all costs. Why do you suppose they want to do that? Being a useful idiot is beneath me. Am I wrong to assume that it isn’t beneath Fordson?

          • 0 avatar

            I’m sure the useful part is beneath you, ToddAtlasF1.

            Hey, guys – lighten up. Looks like that guy in New Zealand struck a blow for the cause, right?

            Turn that frown upside down!

          • 0 avatar

            “Looks like that guy in New Zealand struck a blow for the cause, right?”

            Yeah I associate myself and my position of reasonable concern with that of an unhinged murderous lunatic. Jackass.

          • 0 avatar

            Speaking of murder, not so long ago a muslim in Charlottesville Virginia murdered his Planned-Parenthood-volunteer wife. Good luck finding a single news story about it using any relevant search terms other than the guy’s last name. Even searches using the name of the street where he murdered her wouldn’t return a story that wasn’t spinning pro-life turn-about or the Soros-puppet who panicked tying to escape a mob in his Challenger. Propaganda exists because it works on people with poor character. When you give up looking for an article, come back and I’ll tell you his name and you can see that it really happened. It just wasn’t news-worthy, because it reflects things that you aren’t supposed to care about that happen all the time. After that, we can discuss the beheading on Virginia Tech’s campus during Obama’s inauguration that you never heard about.

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    schmitt trigger

    This thread took all of 5 posts before someone decided to bait it into becoming a political discussion.

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    As Toyota has shown over the last 30 years it really isn’t that hard

    Build a functional, reliable product at a fair price and you will sell lots.

    Wait it is hard:

    Functional – Provide your customers with a product that meets the mission.

    Reliable – Don’t squeeze the last penny out of production costs and treat your workforce decently.

    Fair Price – Run the plant efficiently and keep management cost down.

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    Comment A:
    Looks like Alabama is getting a “Second Helping”. “Turn it up!”

    Comment B:
    My family gets slightly peeved when I drive 20-30 miles out of the way on road trips to see newly-built or expanded vehicle assembly facilities. There are some beautiful ones around.

    Comment C:
    Was going to explain the origin of the “Volunteer State” nickname but it turns out my understanding wasn’t exactly correct.

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    +2 MAGA…Not political, just a fact. The new USMCA Agreement is forcing manufactures back into the country.

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    At this point there is no stopping Toyota. Can this great company do no wrong. Meanwhile, Barra and Hackett have turned their respective companies into basket cases.

  • avatar

    Comments from right wing morons encourage unhinged murderous lunatics whether you will admit it or not.

    • 0 avatar

      Please, Charliej, tell us which moron encouraged you and show us where on the doll he touched you to set you off…

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      It’s not the “right wing morons” fault that leftist get so triggered from words that they go on killing sprees. There I admitted it, reasoned discussion caused radical individuals to go on killing sprees. Reopen state run mental health facilities, a lot of people should not be allowed in the general populace.

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    Sorry dude, but I am not a murderous right wing moron. Actually I am not any kind of murderous moron. I am kind of peaceful if you come right down to it. Since I am in my mid seventies I am too old to fight but not too old to shoot. However, I don’t do things like that. I leave things like that to Trump supporters and white supremacists. White supremacists claim to be supreme. And they are supreme compared to various types of bugs and earthworms. Compared to other humans, white supremacists rank pretty far down the scale.

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