Toyota to invest $567.7 million to upgrade its assembly plants in Ontario

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 5, 2011

For the upgrade of Toyota's assembly plants in Ontario, a total of C$545 million ($567.7 million) will be invested by Toyota Motor Corp., together with the governments of Canada and the province of Ontario.

This investment is dubbed Project Green Light. Last Tuesday, the Canadian federal government and the Ontario government announced that each will invest C$70.8 million in these plants so that more jobs will be created in Ontario.

The auto industry is a major employer in Ontario but when the 2008-09 financial crisis struck, the industry was badly affected. Toyota's plants in North America have been working to return to normal levels after the disaster in Japan last March 11 had disrupted the supply of parts.

Toyota Canada produces the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Toyota RAV4 and Lexus RX 350 vehicles at two of its plants in Cambridge, in southern Ontario, as well as at one plant in nearby Woodstock.

The plants have roughly 6,500 workers. Ray Tanguay, chairman of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, said that the support from the federal and provincial governments is “very important” since it allows the company to prioritize initiatives and it helps to secure its “production footprint in Canada.”

This investment will make the plants more efficient and environmentally friendly. As part of the arious measures being planned, the paint shop at the Cambridge North plant will be upgraded so that it could switch to a water-borne system from a solvent-borne system. This will result to reduced emissions.

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