Toyota has been building vehicles in the United States with American workers since all the way back in 1988, when the massive Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) plant opened in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Built on a sprawling, 1,300-acre campus, the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky plant was a big, big gamble for Toyota, with the brand investing billions at a time that was a real low-point for American auto manufacturing, with many critics around the world having written off the ability of Americans to create vehicles to the high standards of a brand like Toyota.

Not only did the workers at TMMK prove the critics wrong, they're still going strong. Last month, the plant produced their 13 millionth vehicle: a bright blue Toyota RAV4 Hybrid that represents, in a very substantial way, the bright future for the plant as we enter the 2020s. An engine-building facility at the plant will also soon build its 13 millionth Toyota powertrain, a bit of serendipity that Toyota is celebrating by donating a symbolic $1.3 to local nonprofits in Kentucky to support STEM and trades education in the state. 

“On one hand, it’s hard to believe we have produced 13 million vehicles,” said Susan Elkington, TMMK president. “However, when you consider the dedication and skill of our Kentucky team it isn’t so hard to imagine. It’s incredible to think about our customers, their families, and all the places they’ve gone in our 13 million vehicles. Looking forward, we are excited about the future of mobility and being able to take more people, more places.”

Best known for producing Toyota's Avalon and Camry sedans, the Kentucky plant began production of the RAV4 Hybrid in January 2020. Since 2017, Toyota has invested $1.5 billion in the plant, which employs more than 10,000 American workers. The investments are part of Toyota's larger goal to spend $13 billion on its manufacturing plants in North America between 2017 to 2021. That goal was reached a year early while creating over 6,500 jobs.

From employing tens of thousands of American workers to building the safest and most reliable vehicles in the world today, Toyota is leading the way to tomorrow and Landers Toyota of Northwest Arkansas is proud to be along for the ride. If you are in need of a quality-built, American made Toyota, come see us today for a test drive, or check out our full selection of Toyota vehicles at our website right now. 

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