The legendary assembly plant (and there is a powertrain plant there, too) is getting a serious refresh
By Gary S. Vasilash
Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant—the company’s original manufacturing operation in the U.S.—is undergoing a transformation. One that is based on a $461-million investment.
Susan Elkington, president of the facility known as TMMK: “As Toyota’s most experienced assembly plant in the U.S.”—it has been in operation for 35 years—“with a workforce of about 9,000, TMMK must transform physically and strategically to meet the changing needs of customers.”
They are going to improve the plant layout to improve operational capability and to allow it to produce new products (it builds the Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus ES and Lexus ES Hybrid right now; the Lexus models will be moving to Japan).
In 2023 they will start producing fuel cell modules in Georgetown.
They will be adding a 2.4-liter turbo line in the plant.
And while it has some 1,400 variable team members—meaning they work for Kelly Services, not Toyota directly—they will be offered jobs by Toyota, too.
The Georgetown plant, for years, was a place that other OEMs wanted to tour in order to see how Toyota does it.
Presumably how they do it will be even better.