Jun 052014
2014 Toyota Camry

2014 Toyota Camry

In 1988, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) produced its first vehicle, a Toyota Camry that remains on display at the plant to this day. Now, 26 years later, TMMK has produced its 10 millionth vehicle, also a Camry.

The plant’s success in just over a quarter of a century is nothing short of impressive, and it is largely attributed to the employees’ dedicated team work to build quality vehicles for customers.

“Many people may be surprised at our growth and the success the past 26 years; I am not,” TMMK President Wil James said. “We have the best, most dedicated work force in the world. It is all about family, working together to make the best product for the customer.”

Not only do the TMMK employees work together to fulfill production orders for the Toyota Camry, Avalon, and Venza models, but they also work with a strong sense of ownership.

“The exciting part is seeing a vehicle you worked on rolling down the street,” said Jovonda Williams, a seven-year team member working as an engineer in Quality Control. “I feel like I partly own that head-liner.”

These are the lovingly crafted vehicles, and vehicles built at plants like TMMK, that we at Hurlbert Toyota have the privilege of offering to our valuable customers each and every day.

May 202014

Environmental Milestone

It can be difficult to balance manufacturing automobiles while also keeping the environment safe, but Toyota Indiana seems to have figured out just how to do it. Recently, the Japanese carmaker received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award, and it’s easy to see why.

In May 2008, Toyota Indiana implemented its Afforestation Area, which called for the planting of native trees to the area on much of the 1,160 acres of land that the plant resides on. It is now six years later, and Norm Bafunno, Toyota Indiana President, has happily announced that last month, the plant reached a new environmental milestone after the planting of the 100,000th tree in the Afforestation Area. This means that more than 20 trees were planted for each of the company’s 4,700 team members.

“Our Environmental Affairs team and Production team members have collaborated throughout the years to implement many innovative ways to reduce energy consumption,” said John Stevens, Manager, Plant Engineering & Environmental. “From wastewater sludge reduction to our focused recycling efforts, teamwork has made it all possible.”

Currently, more than 130,000 trees have been planted in the Afforestation Area, helping establish Toyota as a leader in environmental sustainability. If you’re interested in seeing Toyota’s environmentally friendly lineup, stop by Hurlbert Toyota today!