GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (May 12, 2010) — Nearly seventy students from Mason County Middle School got a lesson in environmental stewardship recently while visiting the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) plant and Environmental Education Center Nature Trail. The Mason County students were accompanied by Brian McDowell, an eighth grade teacher, who was recently named Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year.
The students received instruction on environmental management from TMMK’s environmental team including Dave Absher, a manager in TMMK's environmental department. Absher’s message focused on recycling, energy reduction, and conservation.
Mason County Middle School also received a TAPESTRY grant of $10,000 to install a dinosaur trackway and other earth science initiatives at their school in Maysville, Ky.
A partnership between Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and the National Science Teachers Association, the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program offers grants to K–12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district. Fifty large grants and a minimum of 20 mini-grants, totaling $550,000 in all, will be awarded this year.
TMMK is Toyota’s largest manufacturing facility in North America employing about 6,600 full-time team members. The Georgetown, Kentucky plant represents a $5.3 billion investment and produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, and Avalon sedans and the Venza crossover vehicle.
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.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.