Toyota Invests $28 Million in Ann Arbor Powertrain R&D Expansion
 
 
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Sept. 5, 2013) – Toyota Technical Center (TTC), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, N.A. (TEMA), announced an investment of more than $28 million to expand its powertrain operations at two facilities in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

The new growth will support powertrain development capability, specifically in the areas of design, evaluation and calibration on new engine and transmission projects. Beefing up these three areas in Ann Arbor is just the latest example of Toyota’s commitment to drive more local decision-making and ultimately faster, more precise response to its customers. “An expansion of this magnitude takes good team work with local partnerships,” said Simon Nagata, president of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. “Our friends at Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Ann Arbor SPARK and Ann Arbor Township have been at the table with us to make this expansion possible.”

“Toyota is a global leader in the automotive industry and its growth in Michigan is welcome news for all of us,” Governor Rick Snyder said. “Toyota’s commitment strongly signals that Michigan offers an improved climate for increased business investment. We welcome this very positive decision.”

Paul Krutko, president of Ann Arbor SPARK adds, “Toyota chose to locate and take root here because of local resources, specifically the deep pool of engineering and technical talent. Ann Arbor SPARK, working with its partners at the local and state level, is committed to attracting leaders like Toyota to the region, and offering them the wide range of support to grow their businesses here."

"Ann Arbor Township and Toyota have worked together for 36 years,” said Mike Moran, supervisor, Ann Arbor Township. “We are pleased to assist Toyota to transition the Technical Center into this new use, and look forward to at least another 36 years together."

The expansion projects will occur in Ann Arbor and position TTC to develop engines and automatic transmissions for the North American designed and manufactured vehicles. For over 10 years, Toyota has been manufacturing engines and transmissions in the U.S. and in the past 20 months Toyota has invested about $2 billion in its North American manufacturing facilities, adding more than 4,000 new jobs.
 
Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks. Toyota is the first full-line manufacturer to make all of the elements of the Star Safety System standard on every vehicle starting in 2011. The Star Safety System includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.
 
Toyota employs over 18,000 team members at its Canadian corporate operations, including two assembly plants in Southwestern Ontario, an aluminum wheel manufacturing plant in Delta, B.C., a cold weather research facility in Northern Ontario and over 300 Toyota, Lexus and Scion Dealerships. A consistent award winner for product quality and ownership satisfaction, Toyota has sold over four million vehicles in Canada. More information about Toyota is available at media.toyota.ca or www.toyota.ca.
 
About Ann Arbor SPARK: Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Washtenaw County etcs/Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visitwww.AnnArborUSA.org.

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan.  These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy. For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit:MichiganBusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org.
 
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