Toyota celebrates 15 years in NKY

ERLANGER, KY (FOX19) - Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) is celebrating 15 years of operations in the Northern Kentucky region.

Toyota celebrated the anniversary by teaming up with Future World Productions, a Cincinnati-based non-profit performing arts organization for youth.

Since 1997, Toyota has donated $171,000 to Future World, mainly toward a scholarship for participants ages 7 to 20. Toyota donated a $15,000 check to Future World on Thursday.

"We are extremely proud to call this region home," said Shigeki Tershi, TEMA president and managing officer for Toyota Motor Corp. "In many ways, this operation is the engine that helps run all our plants in North America."

Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America originally began in 1996 with an initial operation in Erlanger with 350 team members. The number has now grown to approximately 1,500. The company  moved into the former Cincinnati Bell Technical Career building, transforming it into office use. Since then, a major expansion of the building took place, as well as the construction of a free-standing engineering laboratory on the campus.

In 2006, Toyota Manufacturing North America consolidated with Michigan-based Toyota Technical Center, USA to form TEMA. The headquarters remained in Erlanger.

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