Toyota Elevates Indiana Plant

The highest point in Indiana is 1,257 feet, which doesn’t exactly bring the highlands to mind.

The highest point in Indiana is 1,257 feet, which doesn’t exactly bring the highlands to mind. Still, things are looking up in Princeton, Indiana (altitude: 430 feet), as production of the Toyota Highlander has started there.

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The Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) plant had been building the Tundra pickup, along with the Sienna minivan and Sequoia SUV. But last fall Tundra production was consolidated in San Antonio, Texas, which opened up the opportunity for the Highlander crossover. Because this shift meant that there was slow production in the plant, according to Wil James, TMMI senior vice president, they took the opportunity to further train employees and to improve processes. “The result is long-term sustainability of this factory, which is important to our customers, team members, suppliers, and the local community,” James said.

The Highlander production represents an addition $450-million investment in the plant.