February 13, 2006

Toyota opens new North American Production Support Center

Georgetown, Kentucky – Toyota has opened its new North American Production Support Center (NAPSC), a training facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, which will serve the company’s plants in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. It is an extension of Toyota’s Global Production Center, an initiative begun in 2003 to share best practices globally in a standardized manner.

Training at NAPSC simulates hands-on operations including stamping, body weld, paint, plastics, assembly, quality control and internal logistics. Future programs will include axle and engine assembly, machining and casting functions. The Kentucky centre is modeled after the Global Production Center at Toyota’s Motomachi facility in Japan, where a large number of mid-level plant managers from around the world are trained.

“Through this cascading system at the NAPSC, we will train everyone using the same method,” said Gary Convis, executive vice-president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc. “As a result, our team members will be able to better focus on quality, safety and efficiency.”

The new centre is expected to employ 29 people, including seven full-time regional managers with an average of 16 years’ manufacturing experience and expertise.

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