The 10 millionth Toyota built in Kentucky rolled off the assembly line last Thursday. To mark the occasion, Toyota held a ceremony honoring its workers.
The 10 millionth car was a white Toyota Camry Hybrid, which was parked beside the first Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky car, a white 1988 Camry sedan, for the festivities. However, while the first Camry is preserved on site at TMMK, the 10 millionth car will be given away to one of TMMK’s 7,000 employees via a blind drawing. For comparison purposes, 10 million is also the population of both Kentucky and Indiana.
When the factory opened in 1988, Toyota received 100,000 applicants for just 3,000 openings. Toyota has invested $5.9 billion into the Georgetown, Kentucky location over the past quarter-century. The plant is responsible for building a large portion of Toyota’s US lineup. Both Camry and Camry Hybrids are manufactured at TMMK, along with the Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza. Former models have included the Sienna and Solara.
Currently, the plant has a capacity of half a million cars and 600,000 engines. Starting in 2015, the Lexus ES350 — the first US-assembled model from Toyota’s luxury marque — will also be built at TMMK, adding another 750 jobs and increasing capacity by 50,000 cars.