WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue May 8, 2012
Toyota is Adding Jobs, Production to Kentucky Plant
Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown has announced it’s boosting engine production. Toyota officials along with Governor Steve Beshear are hailing the automaker's latest expansion as welcome news – both for a company recovering from highly publicized recalls starting in 2009 and the state of the economy in the Bluegrass.
Toyota announced Tuesday that it plans to increase assembly capacity of its 4-cyclinder engines by 100-thousand at the Georgetown plant. That will produce more than 80 new jobs.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing president Wil James says the $30 million dollar investment is a hopeful sign.
The upgrade will mean more engines for the Camry, Camry Hybrid, and the Rav4. Tuesday’s press conference was the latest in a string of production increase announcements at Toyota’s plants in Indiana, West Virginia, and Canada.