DTR Industries and Toyota Donate $15,000 to the Bluffton Exempted Village School District
April 11, 2012
Funds to purchase new computers and classroom technology
BLUFFTON, Ohio (April 11, 2012) – Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio’s 4th District was on hand as DTR Industries, Inc. and Toyota announced a $15,000 gift to the Bluffton Exempted Village School District at a ceremony today at DTR’s facility on Snider Road. Bluffton Mayor Eric Fulcomer, members of the school’s board and community leaders joined DTR and Toyota associates at the event.
The Bluffton Exempted Village School District will use the funds to purchase new technology for use in their classrooms including projectors, document cameras and desktop computers. Current enrollment at the school’s system is 1,130 students.
“The students of Bluffton are fortunate to have good neighbors in DTR and Toyota, who are investing in their future with their generous donation,” said Congressman Jordan. “I look forward to hearing how the new technology will be used in Bluffton schools.”
“DTR has been a good corporate citizen to Bluffton and its school system and we are grateful for today’s gift with the help of Toyota,” said Greg Denecker, Superintendent of the Bluffton Exempted Village School District. “We are committed to providing students in Bluffton with the best learning environment in Ohio that prepares them for the future. This generous gift will develop our students with the necessary skills to advance their problem-solving skills while deepening their desire for learning.”
Today’s gift is made possible by Toyota’s Community Connection program, a philanthropy program aimed at supporting non-profit organizations in the communities where its suppliers do business. Since its inception, the program has donated nearly $1.2 million at 68 events across 21 states.
DTR has been active in the Bluffton community since it opened its doors in 1998. It has supported various scholarship programs, local colleges, charitable organizations and community programs.
“DTR is thankful for our success and growth and today we have the opportunity to share this success,” said William Yokas, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing of DTR. “This demonstrates our continued commitment to give back to the community where we do business and where our associates live and raise their families.”
“Toyota is proud to partner with DTR and to be a part of today’s event,” said Bob Young, Vice President, Purchasing at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., based in Erlanger, Ky. “One of Toyota’s philosophies is to be a good corporate citizen and we want to support key supplier communities as well.”
DTR has been a Toyota supplier since 1988 and produces products for Toyota’s engine and vehicle assembly plants across North America, including the all-new Camry - America’s best-selling passenger car for the past ten years – as well as other popular models like the Corolla, Highlander, RAV4 and Tundra.
DTR Industries, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. of Komaki City, Japan. DTR was established in January 1988 and began production at its Bluffton, Ohio, plant in October of that year. The plant manufactures and sells a variety of anti-vibration rubber products, including hydraulic engine mounts and body mounts for such automobile manufacturers as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Ford. The facility has undergone 13 expansions over the years, increasing in size from 80,000 square feet to 325,000 square feet. The plant currently employs 600 associates and has annual sales of $160 million.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and currently operates 14 manufacturing plants. There are more than 1,800 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America which sold nearly 2 million vehicles in 2011. Toyota directly employs more than 35,000 in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 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 nearly $25 billion. Toyota currently produces 12 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sienna, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and the Lexus RX 350.