Ground was broken for the Toyota Texas truck plant on 17 October, 2003

Ground was broken for the Toyota Texas truck plant on 17 October, 2003

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas has marked 10 years since breaking ground for the San Antonio truck plant by donating 10 vehicles to local community organisations.

The '10 for 10' gifts saw 10 Tundra or Tacoma models donated to 10 local area non profit groups and institutions that included meals on wheels, school districts, a fire department and the San Antonio River Foundation.

The US$2.2 bn, 200,000 unit capacity plant assembles Tundra and Tacoma pickups and directly employs 2,900.  Seven of the 21 on site suppliers are minority joint ventures – six of which are locally owned - and combined with the plant, total employment is nearly 6,000.

“Toyota Texas is committed to deepening our roots in our neighborhood here on the South Side,” said Toyota Texas president Chris Nielsen. “We want to thank San Antonio, its citizens and community partners for their unwavering support during the past decade.”

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10 Years Texas Proud

Toyota Donates 10 Trucks to Celebrate a Decade in San Antonio 

2013 TMMTX 10th Anniversary Celebration 001
Toyota Texas team members hand over the "keys" to new trucks to representatives of 10 area organizations, Oct. 17, 2013. The plant donated the vehicles to celebrate its 10th anniversary.


2013 TMMTX 10th Anniversary (Part 1)
From the announcement in 2003 through the recent production of its 1 millionth truck and the line-off of the 2014 Tundra, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas has been a source of pride for the Greater San Antonio area. (video)


2013 TMMTX 10th Anniversary (Part 2)
Toyota Texas has worked in and with the San Antonio area to help build a better community, whether through financial support or the volunteerism of team members. (video)


2013 TMMTX 10th Anniversary (Part 3)
Toyota Texas has been a source of pride for its team members, community, state and region. Team members, elected officials and leaders share their reflections on the plant's beginning and thoughts on its future. (video)


2003 TMMTX Groundbreaking Ceremony
Toyota executives break ground in San Antonio for the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas plant on Oct. 17, 2003.


2006 TMMTX Tundra Line-Off
TMMTX President Hidehiko "T.J." Tajima speaks at the opening off the Texas plant during a line-off ceremony for the Toyota Tundra in November 2006.


2010 TMMTX - Tacoma Line Off Ceremony 001
Toyota Tacoma rolls off the line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Aug. 6, 2010.


2013 TMMTX 1 Millionth Truck 001
One millionth truck built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, rolls off the line Sept. 18, 2013.


2013 TMMTX 1 Millionth Truck Timelapse
TMMTX 1 Millionth Truck Timelapse (video)


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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaks at the ceremony celebrating Toyota Texas’s 10 year anniversary, Oct. 17, 2103.  In the foreground is the plant’s 1 millionth truck.
SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 17, 2013) – Everyone has a lucky number.  And for 10 San Antonio organizations, 10 is their new lucky number.

Exactly 10 years to the date after breaking ground, Toyota Texas has donated 10 trucks to thank the community for a decade of support, trust and friendship.  Team members, suppliers and guests celebrated the anniversary at the plant.

Designated “10 for 10,” the 10 area non-profits and institutions to receive a Texas-builtTundra or Tacoma include:

  • Christian Senior Services Meals on Wheels
  • Floresville Independent School District
  • Habitat For Humanity of San Antonio
  • Northside Independent School District
  • San Antonio College, Challenger Center
  • San Antonio Fire Department
  • San Antonio River Foundation
  • Somerset Independent School District
  • Southwest Independent School District
  • South San Antonio Independent School District
Toyota Texas represents a $2.2 billion investment and assembles Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks.  The plant has an annual capacity to produce 200,000 trucks and directly employs 2,900 workers.  Seven of its 21 on-site suppliers are minority joint ventures – six of which are locally owned - and combined with the plant, total employment is nearly 6,000.
 
“Toyota Texas is committed to deepening our roots in our neighborhood here on the South Side,” said Toyota Texas President Chris Nielsen. “We want to thank San Antonio, its citizens and community partners for their unwavering support during the past decade.”
 
“Toyota has proven to be a solid partner for the State of Texas and a valued member of the community of San Antonio,” Gov. Rick Perry said. “Since ground was broken a decade ago, Toyota has been instrumental in jumpstarting our economic development efforts, which have been wildly successful at attracting jobs from across the country and around the world. The First Lady and I wish everyone at Toyota continued success over the next 10 years and beyond in Texas.”

Toyota Texas Milestones:

Date Milestone
February 2003 Toyota Texas site announcement
October 2003 Groundbreaking ceremony
November 2004 First steel ceremony
December 2004 On-site supplier announcement
May 2005 On-site supplier groundbreaking
November 2006 Line off ceremony
August 2009 Tacoma announcement
August 2010 Tacoma line off ceremony
July 2013 Production of the redesigned 2014 Tundra begins
September 2013 1 millionth truck production

Original source: TMS