The Georgetown, Kentucky Toyota plant is one of several of the company’s North American manufacturing facilities that will resume full production this summer.
Production dropped to 30 percent in recent weeks due to the parts shortage caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The company has worked out arrangements to bring more parts to the U.S.
“Obviously there are still some issues that we’re trying to work with certain suppliers given parts availability. We’re working on resolving those, but in the meantime, it’s a huge success for us to have eight of our twelve North American-built vehicles return to 100% production,” says Toyota spokesperson Tania Saldana.
But spokesperson Rick Hesterberg says just because production will be at 100 percent in Georgetown, that doesn’t mean it will continue at the same pace it did before the earthquake.
“We mean 100 percent production by working two eight hour shifts, five days a week, but no overtime at this point,” he says. “So eight of our 12 models that we build in North American will be at 100 percent production. That includes those products will build at Georgetown; the Camry, Camry hybrid, Avalon, and Venza.”
On average, production of Toyota vehicles in North America will be at 70 percent through the summer. Company officials declined to comment on production of the Prius hybrid, which is made in Japan.
Kentucky Public Radio’s Stu Johnson contributed to this report