Toyota has announced that production volume or employment in the US will not decrease as a result of its new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico announced in April 2015, following President-elect Donald Trump’s social media attack on automakers in the region. “With more than $21.9 billion direct investment in the US, ten manufacturing facilities, 1,500 dealerships and 136,000 employees, Toyota looks forward to collaborating with the Trump Administration to serve in the best interests of consumers and the automotive industry,” said the automaker.
Over the past 30 years, Toyota has produced over 25 million vehicles in the US; over the past 20 years, $2 out of every $3 invested in North America has been spent on US facilities.
Toyota also stressed that the brand was the smallest importer of vehicles from Mexico to the US in 2016. In 2015, Toyota exported more than 160,000 US-built vehicles to 40 countries, helping to establish the US as a global export hub.
Toyota’s manufacturing facilities in Baja, Mexico, established in 2002, support production at its San Antonio, Texas plant, where 3,300 team members produced over 230,000 Tundras and Tacomas in 2016.
Recent manufacturing expansions by Toyota in the US include:
- $360 million investment in Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant, adding 750 new jobs
- $150 million investment at its Huntsville, Alabama plant
- $100 million investment in Toyota’s Princeton, Indiana plant, adding 300 jobs
- $90 million investment at its Buffalo, West Virginia plant, adding 80 jobs
Toyota has been part of the cultural fabric in the US for nearly 60 years.