Tour Eight U.S. Toyota PlantsNovember 13, 2023
Toyota came to the United States in 1957 with the formation of Toyota Motor Sales USA. It launched U.S. production in 1986, we learn from this 10-min. video, when it began to produce the Corolla in a joint venture with General Motors. The video takes us on a tour of eight U.S. Toyota facilities, including the first and largest: Georgetown, KY. With 9 million sq. ft. under roof, the plant builds 550,000 vehicles annually, and another 600,000 engines/yr. Cameras take us up close to the plant’s tandem-press stamping operations. Toyota Indiana (Princeton) is next on the tour, a recently renovated 4.5-million sq.-ft. facility, where we get an up-close look at robotic laser-welding operations. Then we travel south to Toyota Mississippi (Blue Springs) for a look at Corolla production, and the facility’s state-of-the-art paint shop.