On September 20, a very special Toyota Sequoia Platinum full-size SUV rolled off the line of Toyota’s plant in Princeton, Indiana. It was the plant’s 5 millionth vehicle.
Five million of anything is impressive, and it would have been difficult to imagine the milestone when the first vehicle rolled out in 1998. Toyota team members Sandra and Andres Chaparro were there to see it.
“It really seems like yesterday we opened the plant and started our journey with Toyota,” the Chaparros said. “After 20 years, and 5 million vehicles, Toyota has really become our second family. Having a reliable career with a company that cares about us as team members and offers opportunity for growth has been so important to us both and to our family.”
Over the past two decades, Toyota’s Indiana workforce has grown to more than 5,300. In addition, total plant investment of $4.3 billion benefitted the state economically. More growth is on the horizon. “This milestone is a great testament to the men and women at Toyota Indiana,” said plant president Millie Marshall. “Our team members have met every challenge and continue to build incredible vehicles for our customers in a safe and efficient way.”
Through jobs and charitable giving, Toyota has become a part of the greater Indiana community. To commemorate nearly twenty years of partnership, Toyota awarded five local nonprofits with $15,000 each to fund initiatives like workforce development, youth safety, and STEM education programs.
“For more than 20 years, we’ve watched Toyota grow in Indiana – providing good jobs for Hoosiers, training future leaders, and giving back to the community,” Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said. “Today we celebrate the company’s continued success, commitment to our state, and the 5 millionth vehicle produced by Hoosiers. We look forward to witnessing Toyota’s next milestone here in Indiana.”