3 Things You Need to Know About Toyota’s Plant in Texas
Historical Context – Toyota broke ground on its dedicated pickup truck plant in San Antonio in 2003. Three years later, TMMTX began stamping, welding, painting, plastics and assembly operations in its 2.2 million-square-foot facility set on a 2,000-acre site. The plant is currently in the process of shifting gears to focus exclusively on full-size body-on-frame vehicles, including the Tundra and Sequoia. That change will be completed by 2022.
By the Numbers – Toyota initially invested $800 million to establish TMMTX. Since then, it has continued to build on and expand its operations, including most recently in 2019 with an additional $391 million to support the implementation of the Toyota New Global Architecture and other advanced manufacturing technologies. All told, Toyota has now invested over $3 billion in the San Antonio plant.
Innovation Leader – TMMTX is the first Toyota plant in North America to integrate its suppliers’ production facilities on the same grounds, and some under the same roof. On the environmental front, TMMTX currently recycles over 1 million gallons of water every day. And its onsite solar panel arrays generate over 4 million kilowatt hours (KWH) of energy annually.