It started with an announcement in December 1985. Today it is a bustling operation that employs 8,000 people, sprawls 169 football fields (that’s just the building!) and represents a $6 billion (and growing) investment.
When Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda announced Scott County, Ky. as the site for Toyota’s first wholly-owned vehicle manufacturing plant in the U.S., he called it one of the proudest moments since the company produced its first prototype vehicle.
Since then, there has been no shortage of proud moments, says Wil James, president of Toyota’s largest plant in the world and one of the first 300 employees to join the Kentucky team. “Those first few days on the job, I could not imagine we were only a few months away from building our first car. But in May 1988, the first Camry came off the line, just like we said it would. I knew then this plant was going to be a really special place.”