HUNTSVILLE, Ala., (Oct. 8, 2020) – The Alabama Automotive Manufacturing Association (AAMA) recently named Toyota Alabama as a 2020 Supplier of the Year. The award recognizes manufacturing suppliers for outstanding achievements in areas such as innovation, quality, safety and commitment to the community.
“Toyota’s incredible response throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has gone above and beyond to address the situation, develop plans and quickly adapt to changes,” said Ron Davis, president of AAMA. “They engaged with their peers from across the globe to develop creative solutions to ensure a safe work environment for employees. Toyota then shared this knowledge across the state to help schools and businesses also prepare for return.”
Additionally, to support local healthcare facilities and first responders with personal protective equipment, Toyota produced and distributed 10,000 commercial grade face shields.
“Our ability to produce face shields in mass quantities is a testament to our incredibly skilled workforce and passion for sharing knowledge to meet community needs,” said Larry Deutscher, Toyota Alabama general manager of Manufacturing Support.
The Huntsville plant currently produces approximately 700,000 (4-cylinder, V6 and V8) engines per year to Toyota vehicle assembly plants across North America, making the facility a critical part of the company’s supply chain. In 2021 production will increase to more than 900,000 engines per year upon completion of the plant’s latest expansion, bringing its total investment to $1.2 billion.
To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, Toyota also recently launched a virtual education hub at TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and chance to visit many of its U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 40 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold nearly 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2019.
Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.