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30 years ago, the Japanese car company Toyota opened it's first U.S. based plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. As WFPL's Ashlie Stevens reports, the plant's success led to an influx of Japanese businesses which has impacted the area's culture in an unexpected way...through it's food.

Stu Johnson, WEKU News

State and local dignitaries in government, education, and business helped formally recognize Toyota’s new Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center in Scott County.

Illinois will not be the home of a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant the automakers Toyota and Mazda plan to build in the United States.


  An economic development authority in far west Kentucky is offering more than 2,000 acres of “free land” in an effort to attract Japanese automakers looking to build a facility.

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The governors of Kentucky and Tennessee are both vying for major Japanese automakers to locate in their state.

J. Tyler Franklin, Louisville Public Media

Governor Matt Bevin says Kentucky has surpassed its record for business investments in less than half a year. The Republican governor said on Friday that business investments in the state already top $5.8 billion.

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A one and a third billion dollar investment in Kentucky’s automotive industry is not changing a legislative leader’s mind about the need for broad tax reform. Toyota officials announced Monday plans to spend the funds over five years to revitalize design, engineering, and production at the Scott County plant.  

Toyota already makes its popular Camry sedan in a massive plant in Georgetown, Ky., and the carmaker will spend more than a billion dollars there to update the way it builds the vehicle. The plant also recently added 700 jobs.

"Toyota's Camry is the best-selling car in America," NPR's Sonari Glinton reports, "and according to a survey by, the Camry is the most American-made car, meaning it's made in the U.S. and so are most of its parts."


Toyota says it is donating a facility on its northern Kentucky campus for an education center.

Toyota Motor Corporation announced today that it is recalling another 543,000 vehicles in the U.S.