When I was a kid growing up in Kentucky, all I thought about were horses. After all, how can you be a kid growing up on a farm in Kentucky and not love horses? Not only known for horses, Kentucky is also the land of bluegrass and Bourbon whiskey. Today, Kentucky is also known for its automotive industry.
While Toyota may be moving its U.S. headquarters to Texas, the manufacturing of some of its most popular vehicles is staying in the Bluegrass State. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) just announced the production of its 10-millionth vehicle, a 2014 Camry. In a ceremony at the TMMK plant, located in Georgetown, KY, the company and about 7,000 employees celebrated as the vehicle rolled off the assembly line. The first Camry was made at the plant in 1988, and that vehicle sat beside the 10-millionth vehicle at the celebration.
"Obviously, these two vehicles are worlds apart in many ways, but, at the same time, identical in others - particularly when it comes to craftsmanship and the care and love that went into their production," said Wil James, TMMK plant president.
In addition to the Camry, which has been the no. 1 selling car 15 out of the last 16 years, TMMK also manufactures the Camry Hybird, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza, as well as both four-cylinder and V-6 engines, said a release from Toyota. In 2015, the plant will become the first in the U.S. to make a Lexus vehicle - the ES350 - adding 50,000 vehicles to the plant's current production capacity of 500,000 vehicles annually.