Toyota‘s Kentucky factory celebrates 30th birthday
Toyota is celebrating a 30th birthday for its Scott County, Kentucky, assembly factory.
Initially announced in December 1985, the plant is now Toyota’s largest single facility in the world. The first Camry rolled off the line in 1988 with just a few hundred workers on the assembly line.
The Japanese automaker has regularly expanded the factory in the past three decades. Its primary building now “sprawls 169 football fields,” requiring $6 billion in collective investments.
With a team of around 8,000 workers, Toyota Kentucky is now capable of building 550,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines each year.
“The vehicles manufactured in Georgetown have some of the highest locally-based content, up to 75 percent, including the Camry,” the company said in a statement.
The site’s next development phase is already underway, with a new engineering campus expected to be finished sometime next year. The 250,000-square-foot building will house 700 employees, including 300 relocated from other locations. The company is also considering various modernization renovations, including a new paint shop.
To celebrate the 30-year milestone, Toyota has donated $100,000 to local charities related to robotics, disabilities and veterans services.