GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (May 3, 2010) — TMMK recently donated $5,000 to the Great Saltpetre Preserve (GSP) of the Rockcastle Karst Conservancy in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. TMMK’s Roger Wallin, an assistant manager in Facilities, was on hand with several other TMMK team members from the contributions committee to present the check on April 23, 2010. Wallin was born and raised in Rockcastle County and as a youngster spent a lot of his childhood around the Great Saltpetre Preserve.
Officials with the Rockcastle Karst Conservancy will use the donation to help fund a new Composting Outhouse. This new structure is much more environmentally-friendly. In fact, an education-awareness of the composting process and information about options for managing human waste, especially in rural areas, will be part of the tour program.
GSP is owned by Rockcastle Karst Conservancy, a 501©3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and preservation of caves and karst in the Rockcastle County area.
TMMK is Toyota’s largest plant in North America employing about 6,900 team members with the annual capacity to produce 500,000 engines and vehicles including the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, and the Venza.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are more than 1,400 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than 1.77 million vehicles in 2009. Toyota directly employs nearly 34,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals nearly $25 billion.
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