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Old 10-28-2006, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default Toyota to build two more plants in North America

Toyota to build two more plants in North America

http://today.reuters.com/news/articl...businessNews-3

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp will build two assembly plants in North America, Japan's Mainichi newspaper reported on Saturday.

Toyota is considering building a plant in northern part of Midwest to assemble Yaris compact cars which are selling well, the Japanese daily said.

The plant, with the annual production capacity of 200,000 units, was expected to be operational in 2009, it said.

Toyota will also build another plant in North America to start producing sport utility vehicles around 2010, it said.

Toyota will decide where to build the assembly plants by the end of this year, the daily said.

Toyota officials were not immediately available for comment.
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:46 AM   #2
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This doesn't come as much a surprise, more jobs for the US so I wonder when this whole 'buy american support your country' thing will be over with.
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Old 10-28-2006, 01:22 PM   #3
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Would be nice if they could build local or take over production facilities and upgrade from a current automaker. Would help fill some of the void from some of these jobs.

How many facilities are UAW or union plants? I know a vast majority of domestic plants appear to be if not all, but how about the 'imports'?
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Old 10-29-2006, 02:31 PM   #4
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Here in Canada they are expanding the TMMC Cambridge plant which means 700 more jobs. I currently work for a Tokai Rika owned plant that builds seatbelts for Toyota, Lexus, Nissian and soon to add GM. All Toyota facilities do not have unions and the Japanese do not believe in unions. Also, all companies that associate with Toyota must follow the Toyota Production System which conflicts with the principals of a union.

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...17/147520.html
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Old 10-29-2006, 04:13 PM   #5
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Well thats kind of good that they shouldn't be getting caught up with that line of BS then. Their system as I've heard bits about in the past does sound more efficient, which is what others really need to do. Perhaps this is something the Americans need to take a look at, I'm sure it would be a big thing that would be getting them closer to that profitability step, but that would include a LOT of changes. If a company and employees can have decent levels of respect in both directions, why do you need unions?
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Old 10-29-2006, 04:15 PM   #6
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Good for Toyota and the US.
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Old 10-29-2006, 04:19 PM   #7
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Do you think Japanese workers bitch about this as much as our workers do about "outsourcing"?
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Do you think Japanese workers bitch about this as much as our workers do about "outsourcing"?
Nope, because that isn't the case. Toyota isn't closing plants in Japan to open plants in the US... unlike all the US companies that close down operations here and open in another country. Production merely shifts around to be building the correct components in the correct country. US plants build cars for the US market, mostly. Japan plants build cars for the global market.

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Touche...but there's a Hurricane, WV??

EDIT: I found this article re: both my and your response. Pretty interesting

http://www.economist.com/printeditio...ory_ID=2571689
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Old 10-29-2006, 10:50 PM   #10
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They could be built here in Michigan if the unions weren't such a hassle.
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Touche...but there's a Hurricane, WV??

EDIT: I found this article re: both my and your response. Pretty interesting

http://www.economist.com/printeditio...ory_ID=2571689
Hurricane is near Charleston, WV and Buffalo, WV, which is the location of one of Toyota's manufacturing plants.
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