Toyota Motor Corp. opened the doors at its new North American engineering headquarters in Georgetown, Kentucky on Monday, a culmination of more than $80 million and two years worth of construction.
Toyota’s 235,000 square foot Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center will be the home base for more than 600 engineers and can house more than 800 employees in total, a press release said.
“Our production engineers are at the top of their game and help shape the future of Toyota,” said Jim Lentz, chief executive officer of Toyota Motor North America. “They push the limits every day on what’s possible in manufacturing to produce ever-better vehicles. And their hard work and commitment to quality shows in the products we build in our 14 plants across North America.”
The facility features environmentally conscious additions such as a geothermal HVAC system, solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system that can recycle and use 36,000 gallons of rainwater, the release stated.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was also present at the grand opening and described the facility as the “crown jewel” of the manufacturing world.
“Toyota’s new environmentally-conscious, state-of-the-art PEMC building showcases their continued commitment to the commonwealth. They are a proven leader both in creating and retaining jobs for highly skilled workers,” Bevin said in a release. “We are grateful to have Toyota in Kentucky and look forward to a bright future together.”
Toyota announced earlier this year that the company would continue to invest $10 billion in the U.S. over the next five years.