Woodstock, Ontario – A brand-new Toyota assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario has opened by kicking off production of the RAV4 sport utility vehicle. It is the only location outside of Japan where the model is built.

The facility is the first new auto plant to be built in Ontario in the past 20 years and represents a $1.1 billion investment for Toyota. Ontario provided a $70 million investment, along with over $22.8 million for skills training.

Toyota currently produces 12 vehicle lines in North America at 14 plants.

The official start was marked by a ceremony at the facility, attended by Federal Industry Minister Tony Clement, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, and Toyota Motor Corporation president Katsuaki Watanabe, along with the 1,200 employees who will be producing the vehicle. “We started production in nearby Cambridge almost exactly 20 years ago, and this Woodstock plant shows our commitment to Canada is continuing,” Watanabe said.

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