Automotive industry movin’ and shakin’ with new plants, acquisitions

If you want news, you can always count on the automotive industry to provide it. In anticipation of a good 2014, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., (TMMK) announced that construction is underway at the assembly line that will produce the first U.S.-made Lexus. The company announced last spring that it would bring production of the ES 350, never before assembled outside of Japan, to U.S.

The new facility is being built in Georgetown, KY, where the company's manufacturing facility currently employs approximately 6,600 people. Toyota makes the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza models. It also manufactures both four-cylinder and V-6 engines. Some 500,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines are produced in the Georgetown facility.

"We're proud of our long history of building world-class vehicles in the Bluegrass, and look forward to raising the bar once again by adding Lexus to our lineup of Kentucky-made products," said Wil James, president of Toyota's Kentucky plant.

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