Cambridge, Ontario – Toyota has celebrated its 25 years of vehicle manufacturing in Canada, alongside news that its plant in Cambridge, Ontario has received the J.D. Power Platinum Plant Quality Award.
Toyota broke ground on its Cambridge plant site in 1986. Its original projection was for the plant to employ 1,000 people and build 50,000 vehicles per year on a single line. Since then, employment has grown to more than 6,500 works and in 2010, the plant built more than 458,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota now operates three vehicle assembly plants in Canada, building the Toyota Corolla and Lexus RX350 in Cambridge, and the RAV4 nearby in Woodstock. The three plants cover 4.8 million square feet and represent an investment of $5.6 billion over the last 25 years.
As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, Toyota donated ten RAV4 vehicles to local community groups: the Cambridge Salvation Army, Woodstock Salvation Army, University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, Conestoga College, YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo, Waterloo Regional Police, Woodstock Police, the Cambridge Fire Department and the Woodstock Fire Department.
Toyota also received the Platinum Plant Quality Award from J.D. Power and Associates. It was the highest-ranked plant in the world for initial quality in a tie with two other plants, one in the U.S. and the other in Japan.
It is the ninth time the plant has won a Quality Award but the first time for the highest Platinum designation. It won Gold in 1991, 1995, 1996, 2001 and 2010; Silver in 1992; and Bronze in 1993 and 2000.