GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2017) – On Monday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m., Gov. Matt Bevin, Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz and Brian Krinock, senior vice president, vehicle plants, will unveil an $80 million engineering headquarters in Georgetown.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky now has more than 8,000 employees in Georgetown. The company currently has 600 production engineers working at the new Production Engineering Manufacturing Center on the TMMK campus.
The Production Engineering Manufacturing Center (PEMC) is the nucleus of production brainpower for Toyota in North America, bringing top engineers under one roof in Georgetown, Ky. The engineers connect the dots between design and production of new innovations and technology and shape manufacturing at all Toyota facilities across the continent. The close proximity of this engineering powerhouse to the largest Toyota plant in the world allows quick feedback on innovations in a production environment.
Following the event production engineers will show off the TILT Lab, a space that has problem solving and innovation at its core. As the name implies, engineers turn conventional thinking on its side as they move ideas from concept to prototype using machines such as 3-D printers, virtual reality, welders, lasers and more. Once tested, advancements may be used in plants across the continent to improve processes or solve challenges.
In addition, Toyota’s newest concept in urban mobility the “i-Road” will be on display. A mix between a car and a motorbike, the three-wheeled vehicle provides next generation performance in terms of driving, size and environmental performance.