Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC) is a Canadian automotive manufacturer and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. TMMC currently operates a plant in Cambridge, Ontario, and another in Woodstock, Ontario.

The current President of TMMC is Brian Krinock.

Manufacturing[edit]

Since 1988, Canadian hands have been making Canadian vehicles. In 1988, the year TMMC opened, 153 vehicles were built. Today, the three plants that make up TMMC have the ability to build over 500,000 vehicles annually. That puts Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada in the top 5 global Toyota manufacturing plants. TMMC has been recognized with a total of 12 Plant Quality awards, which is more than any other automotive manufacturer in the Americas. These include 2 Platinum and 6 Gold awards. [1]

TMMC isn’t just one plant; operations include three different plants—North, West and South. Each builds a different vehicle. What they all have in common is an approach to manufacturing known as the Toyota Production System or TPS, which has literally changed how automobile manufacturers around the world produce vehicles.[2]

The Cambridge plant opened in 1988, and has been expanded twice since. This was Toyota's second car-assembly plant in North America, after the plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, opened in 1987, and the first Toyota assembly plant in Canada. The Cambridge plant in its current configuration covers 3,010,000 square feet (280,000 m2) in space on 1.62 square kilometres (400 acres) and the Woodstock plant covers 1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2) in space. TMMC employs approximately 8,000 Team Members. TMMC has twelve (12) J.D. Power and Associates plant quality awards, including the prestigious global Platinum Plant Quality Award in both 2011 and 2014 - the only Toyota plant outside Japan to ever win this award.[3] TMMC was also recognized by the JD Power VDS as having the #1, 3, and 4 best assembly lines in all of North America [4]

Unifor, Canada's largest union, is looking to represent the over 8000 team members at the 3 TMMC plants. Team Members have cited poor Health & Safety conditions as a major reason for seeking union representation.[5] In August 2014, Unifor announced it was withdrawing an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board to become the bargaining agent for Toyota employees, and called off a vote to unionize the Woodstock and Cambridge plants.[6]

In April 2015, Toyota announced it would be moving production of the Corolla to a new plant in Mexico, but would assemble mid-sized, higher-value vehicles after 2019 in the Cambridge plant.[7]

Products Made at Cambridge Facility[edit]

Products Made at Woodstock Facility[edit]

TMMC is the first plant outside of Japan to produce a Lexus brand vehicle. It is also the only Toyota plant in North America and the only automotive manufacturer in Canada to assemble both advanced technology hybrid (Lexus RX 450h) and electric (Toyota RAV4 EV) vehicles.

The CAW has attempted several times to organize TMMC.[8] TMMC Assistant General Manager and spokesman Greig Mordue stated "Our team members will decide whether or not a union best reflects their interest... At this point in time, we don't think they have anything to gain from a union", and described the defeat of the CAW drive saying "Our team members have recognized that a third party represents a complication they don't need." [9] Despite this, however, the CAW supported Mordue as the (unsuccessful) Liberal candidate in the 2006 federal election instead of endorsing the NDP's Zoe Kunschner.[10][11]

The Woodstock plant opened in 2008, and is now in full production of Toyota's RAV4 and Toyota RAV4 EV. The location was picked due to its educated workforce, proximity to the Cambridge plant, and being adjacent to the major transportation corridors, Highway 401 and Highway 403. Woodstock's bid reportedly beat out several US states that were offering over twice the subsidies.

On March 28, 2012, TMMC announced that 80 million dollars will be invested in the Woodstock plant to increase production by 50,000 vehicles a year to a new total of 200,000 vehicles per year. This will create 400 new jobs at the plant and is set to be completed by early 2013,.[12] On July 24, 2012, Toyota will create 400 new jobs at the Cambridge plant to handle increased production of Lexus RX line in 2 years to 104,000 vehicles.[13]

Awards and community involvement[edit]

Since 2005, TMMC has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 11 consecutive years by Mediacorp Canada Inc. and has been featured in Maclean's newsmagazine. TMMC was recognized as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers, as announced in the Waterloo Region Record, Guelph Mercury and Cambridge Times.[14]

Toyota Canada Inc.[edit]

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUV’s and trucks in Canada. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto, Ontario, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.

Other Facilities[edit]

  • Toyota Financial Services (Toyota Credit Canada Inc.) - Markham ON
  • Toyota Canada Cold Weather Research Centre - Timmins ON[15]

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