June 19, 2003

Toyota celebrates 20 years of manufacturing in Delta, B.C.

Delta, BC – Canadian Autoparts Toyota Canada Inc. (CAPTIN) and Toyota Canada, Inc. (TCI) celebrated CAPTIN’s 20th anniversary with the gift of a 2004 Sienna minivan to the city of Delta. Presenting the new Sienna to Delta’s Acting Mayor, Bruce MacDonald, were Gary Smallenberg, President of CAPTIN, and Barry Hayward, Group Vice President of Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI).

Also as part of the anniversary celebration, Smallenberg announced that CAPTIN, which employs 230 people and has more than quadrupled production in its 20-year history, is growing yet again. The plant expansion will increase production capacity by 20 per cent from 1.2 million to 1.45 million wheels annually. This represents a further $10 million investment by Toyota in CAPTIN, which manufactures aluminum alloy wheels from raw materials to finished product. CAPTIN is an important supplier of wheels to Toyota
manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States and Japan.

“CAPTIN and Toyota are delighted to celebrate this noteworthy anniversary and offer our thanks to the city of Delta,” said Smallenberg. “Here we have found a welcoming community, a dedicated work force – and a superb climate. It is a pleasure to pay tribute to our mutual success with the gift of a Sienna, especially since this minivan represents so many of the qualities that have
made both CAPTIN and Toyota a success in Canada.”

The Sienna is a joint gift of CAPTIN and TCI to the city that is home to the first manufacturing facility ever built by Toyota in North America. Since then, Toyota has opened the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) facility in Cambridge, Ontario, which now has the capacity to build 220,000 Corolla sedans and Matrix sports crossover vehicles, and 150,000 engines per year. TMMC has also been chosen to build the new Lexus RX 330 luxury SUV, the first manufacturing facility outside of Japan to build a Lexus. Including Toyota’s dedicated Cold Research Centre in Timmins, Ontario, and a network of parts distribution centres, Zone offices and advanced training facilities across the country, Toyota’s Canadian investment now exceeds $3 billion.

As well as the Sienna, CAPTIN also commemorated the occasion with gifts to other Delta community services and organizations:

  • The Delta Hospital Foundation campaign, to upgrade its emergency

  • The Delta School District, to support its Transition to Trades and
    Technology program.

  • OWL – the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, which rehabilitates
    and releases injured and orphaned birds of prey, to help purchase land
    for its new home

  • The Sacred Heart School, enabling it to send a team of Grade 7 students
    to the international Odyssey of the Mind competition.

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