Toyota kicks off production of four-cylinder engines for 2012 Camry

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 3, 2011

Toyota employees were joined by state and local officials to mark the start of the four-cylinder engine manufacturing at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. facility. TMMAL also marked its tenth year of operations in Alabama in a separate reception the night before.

Adding the production of the four-cylinder engine will add more jobs to TMMAL, which would now total close to 1,000 employees. It will also bring the company’s total investment to $637 million. Total yearly engine capacity of four-cylinder, V8 and V6 engines is now at least 500,000. TMMAL holds the distinction of being the only Toyota plant in the world to manufacture all three engines.

Alabama governor Robert Bentley says that the Japanese carmaker has been a dedicated and reliable partner in creating stronger relationships within the different communities where their employees work and live.

Bentley adds that after ten years in the state, the plant has contributed greatly to the region’s economy. He also reiterates that TMMAL is invaluable in building healthy communities in the state, which also means a stronger nation and world.

Toyota Motor Corporation executive vice president and representative director Atsushi Niimi says that the Alabama facility’s team members focus on safety and quality. They also have an outstanding commitment to improve continuously and their team work is unmatched. Niimi also commented that the engines produced at the plant will be used in eight Toyota models to be assembled in the North American continent, which signifies their intensified commitment to make production local. And with the addition of four-cylinder engines to the Alabama plant’s mix, the company is in a better position to respond to changes in demand.

The four-cylinder engines produced at the facility will go into the 2012 Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Venza and Sienna. Meanwhile, the V6 and V8 engines will go into the Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks, as well as the Sequoia SUV. The manufacturing expansion at the Alabama plant allows the facility to supply engines to every vehicle assembly plant owned by the carmaker in North America except for one. The Blue Springs, Mississippi, facility is slated to start production in the fall.

The two Bodine Aluminum castings plants in Troy, Mo., and Jackson, Tenn., will also see increased capacities as these two facilities will supply cylinder heads and blocks to TMMAL. The carmaker’s total investments in these two plants amounted to $25 million and these helped create five dozen new jobs.

TMMAL president Jim Bolte thanked the Huntsville community for their support by way of two cash gifts amounting to $50,000 each. These were made to the Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center and the Habitat for Humanity of Madison County. Bolte said that this is the time for them to celebrate their previous work while also preparing for four-cylinder production. Bolte adds that their commitment to creating quality products that adhere to the strictest safety standards has helped the facility win new business and that they also look forward to many successful years.

At the 10th anniversary reception, TMMAL also donated two Toyota vehicles and ten cash gifts of $10,000 each to ten different government agencies in the area.

Press Release

Four Cylinder Engine Production Begins At Toyota’s Alabama Engine Plant

State and local officials joined Toyota team members and executives today to mark the start of four-cylinder engine production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. (TMMAL). At a separate reception last evening, TMMAL commemorated its ten-year anniversary in Alabama.

The addition of four-cylinder engine production boosts TMMAL’s employment to almost 1,000 and total investment to $637 million. Total annual engine capacity of four-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines is now more than 500,000. TMMAL is the only Toyota plant globally to produce four cylinder, V6 and V8 engines.

“Toyota has been a reliable and dedicated partner in strengthening relationships with the Alabama communities where their associates live and work,” said Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. “Now, ten years later, TMMAL has made a major economic impact in this region. TMMAL is an enduring, reliable and dedicated partner in building healthy communities in Alabama which can, in turn, strengthen our nation and our world.”

“TMMAL’s team members’ focus on quality, safety and outstanding commitment to continuous improvement and team work is second-to-none,” said Toyota Motor Corporation Executive Vice President and Representative Director, Atsushi Niimi. “Engines now produced in Huntsville will go into eight Toyota models assembled in North America, furthering our commitment to localizing production. And by adding four-cylinder engines to TMMAL’s mix, we will be better prepared to react to changes in market demand.”

TMMAL-produced four-cylinder engines will go into the all-new 2012 Camry, Highlander, RAV4, Sienna and Venza. V6 and V8 engines are being produced for the Tundra and Tacoma pick-up trucks and the Sequoia SUV.

The four-cylinder expansion at TMMAL now allows the facility to supply engines to every Toyota vehicle assembly plant in North America except the new facility in Blue Springs, Mississippi, which is scheduled to start production this fall.

Both of Toyota’s Bodine Aluminum castings plants, located in Troy, Mo., and Jackson, Tenn., have also added capacity to provide cylinder heads and blocks to TMMAL. Combined investment of these two facilities is $25 million and 60 new jobs were created.

To express appreciation to the Huntsville community for its strong support, TMMAL President Jim Bolte announced two separate $50,000 gifts each to Habitat for Humanity of Madison County and Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center.

“This is a time for our team members to celebrate the tremendous work they have done over the years to prepare for four-cylinder production,” said Bolte. “Their commitment to building quality products as safely as possible has helped TMMAL win new business, and we look forward to many more successful years.”

At last evening’s reception to commemorate its ten-year anniversary as a member of the Huntsville community, TMMAL donated two Toyota vehicles and ten gifts of $10,000 each to ten area agencies.

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