July 12, 2004
Toyota produces two millionth car in Canada
Cambridge, Ontario – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) announced the production of the two millionth vehicle at their Cambridge, Ontario manufacturing plant. TMMC employees applauded as President Ray Tanguay drove a black Corolla through a celebratory banner as the vehicle rolled off the final assembly line.
The plant has been in operation since November 30, 1988, and currently manufactures a Matrix or Corolla every 60 seconds, and a Lexus RX 330 vehicle every 3 minutes and 30 seconds. When it opened, it was planned that the company would employ 1000 people and build 50,000 vehicles per year in a one million square foot facility. In 2004, more than 4000 team members will build 280,000 vehicles in the facility that has grown to more than 3 million square feet.
“We’re delighted by the growth and success we have enjoyed in Canada and the Region of Waterloo,” said TMMC President, Ray Tanguay. “We’ve come a long way over the past 16 years and the team we have built in Cambridge is as skilled, dedicated and successful as any automotive organization in the world.”
Toyota’s growth has meant new opportunities for Canadian suppliers and helped create thousands of new jobs across Canada and Ontario. For example, to support the launch of the first Lexus built outside of Japan last September, new suppliers built plants in communities like Palmerston, Elmira and Stratford. As well, existing suppliers expanded their operations in cities such as Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph.
Over the years, TMMC has earned seven J.D. Power awards for plant quality, including four gold, signifying the highest initial quality among the more than 70 automotive manufacturing operations in North America. In March, the Globe Foundation awarded Toyota in Canada the Corporate Competitiveness Award for its environmental stewardship. In May, two TMMC built vehicles were recognized as best in class for initial quality by the J.D. Power organization.
TMMC produced its millionth car in its 11th year of operation, on September 22, 1999. By comparison, the second millionth took just 5 years.