Toyota Tennessee Celebrates 20 Years on the Block
Did you know the “heart” (engine block) of every Toyota assembled in North America comes from Jackson, Tennessee? This includes best-selling vehicles like the Camry, Tundra and Sequoia. Toyota Tennessee’s 450-strong workforce uses recycled aluminum to cast more than two million engine blocks and one million transmission cases and housings per year.
Toyota Tennessee, formerly known as Bodine Aluminum, broke ground on November 3, 2003, as Toyota’s presence in the United States continued to grow. The plant started production in 2005. Over the past two decades, the company has continued to grow and set the standard for advanced manufacturing and innovation in West Tennessee.
With Respect for People as a pillar of The Toyota Way and guiding principle for the company, employees have formed an inclusive culture built around mutual respect and trust. Guided by their passion and pride, they also are a catalyst for growth not only within the company but throughout Madison County as well. Since 2003, Toyota Tennessee has invested more than $2 million in local community nonprofits. Recently in June, the company announced $100,000 in special grants to benefit five key community organizations: the STAR Center, Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, RIFA food bank, Boys and Girls Club of Jackson and the Jackson Madison County School System.