Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) announced today the following management changes:
• Mitsuru Kawai is the new president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc. His predecessor, Kunihiko Ogura, will take a new role as executive advisor at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. in Fremont, Calif.
• Dave Burbidge, currently general manager at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. is promoted to vice president of production control at the TEMA manufacturing office in Erlanger, Ky.
• Jeff Moore has been named vice president of manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. and Mike Lutz has been promoted to general manager of administration.
• Hajimi Oba, president of Toyota Supplier Support Center, will retire and will be replaced by Hideshi Yokoi.
• Bob Ried, vice president of administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Baja California, Inc., will retire and will be replaced by Yoichi Yokohori.
• Luis de la Garza is retiring as vice president of administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc. Kirk Kohler, a general manager, will assume de la Garza's role in administration.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and will operate 15 manufacturing plants in North America by 2010. There are more than 1,700 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America which sold more than 2.8 million vehicles in 2006. Toyota directly employs over 41,000 in North America and its investment is currently valued at more than $18.6 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals more than $28.5 billion.
Toyota currently produces 11 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Matrix, Sienna, Solara, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra and the Lexus RX 350. By 2010, Toyota will have the annual capacity to build approximately 2.2 million cars and trucks, 1.45 million engines and 600,000 automatic transmissions. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com.
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