As Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) celebrated the 10-millionth vehicle to roll off its assembly line, the team of dedicated employees took time to compare the past and the present as they looked forward to the plant’s future.
Twenty-six years ago, the first vehicle TMMK produced was a Toyota Camry, at which ceremony the plant’s first president stated, “This car is a symbol of our most important company principle – team work. For this reason, I have declared that our first car shall be preserved forever in Kentucky for our team members. It is to remind us not only of what we have accomplished today, but, more importantly, what we can achieve in the future through team work.”
The 10-millionth vehicle, also a Camry, was parked right next to its older relative as current President Wil James announced, “Obviously, these two vehicles are worlds apart in many ways, but, at the same time, identical in others – particularly when it comes to craftsmanship and the care and love that went into their production.”
Along with the Camry, the plant produces the Toyota Avalon and Venza. Beginning next year, it will be the first plant in the U.S. to add the ES350 of the automaker’s luxury brand, Lexus, to its production lineup.
As Toyota customers and employees alike celebrate the company’s success in reaching this milestone, it is clear Toyota’s dedicated commitment to family and team work will remain in the years to come. We at Wondries Toyota are proud to be a part of such a special family.