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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.

ManufacturingEdit

Toyota's aluminium wheel plant was built in British Columbia in 1983 and currently employs a workforce of roughly 260.

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 plant in its current configuration covers 3,010,000 square feet (280,000 m²) in space on 1.62 square kilometres (400 acres)

and employs 4,300 workers. TMMC has seven J.D. Power and Associates plant quality awards, most recently earning its fourth Gold Plant Award in 2001.

The north plant produces the Corolla, Matrix and the Lexus RX model is made in the south plant for the North American market. TMMC is the first and currently only plant outside of Japan to produce a Lexus brand vehicle.

The Canadian Auto Workers has attempted several times to organize TMMC.[1] 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." [2] Despite this, however, the CAW supported Mordue as the Liberal candidate in the 2006 federal election instead of endorsing the NDP's Zoe Kunschner.[3] Mordue attempted to take credit for bringing the new plant to Woodstock, but lost to Conservative incumbent Dave MacKenzie.[4]

The Woodstock plant opened in 2008, and is now in full production of Toyota's RAV4. 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 403. Woodstock's bid reportedly beat out several US states that were offering over twice the subsidies.

Awards and community involvementEdit

In October 2008, TMMC was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine, the only automaker to receive this honour. Later that month, TMMC was recognized as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers, as announced in the Waterloo Region Record, Guelph Mercury and Cambridge Times.[5]

Vehicles producedEdit

Plant Location Year opened Notes
Cambridge North Plant Cambridge, Ontario 1988 Makes:
Cambridge South Plant Cambridge, Ontario 1999 Makes:
Woodstock Plant Woodstock, Ontario 2008 Makes:
  • RAV4 (2009-present)
Aluminium wheel plant Delta, British Columbia 1983 Parts for Canadian plants

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