GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (October 7, 2013) — On Saturday, more than 100 Toyota volunteers headed to Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort in support of the 20th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). The participants were part of a coast-to-coast effort of more than 175,000 who came together in all 50 states to donate their time and effort to improving public lands.
In about four hours, Toyota volunteers were able to complete an estimated one year’s worth of work for the park. Much of the site received some type of enhancement, from mulching to weeding, while several of Salato’s outdoor educational exhibits saw major upgrades.
This year marked the third consecutive year Toyota has organized volunteers at Salato. In 2012, the company pledged to continue its volunteer support through 2016, a commitment that Salato manager, Laurie Davison, says is helping the site realize long-range goals more rapidly. “The hard work of Toyota volunteers has helped us tackle projects that would otherwise take years to accomplish,” Davison said. “Each year, I look forward to working with such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of people.”
For the past fifteen years, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. has been the national sponsor of NPLD. “At Toyota, we strive to help the community in every way possible, and volunteering for National Public Lands Day reinforces our commitment to giving back,” said Wil James, Toyota’s Kentucky plant president. “What is important to our community is important to Toyota and that means taking pride in our parks and public lands.”
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Bob Stewart thanked the volunteers in person at Saturday’s event. “We appreciate the volunteers from Toyota and other Kentucky businesses who provide countless hours of work at our parks and public lands,” said Stewart. “National Public Lands Day is a great way to call attention to the importance of the conservation and preservation of these lands that we want to pass on to future generations.”
About Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
Toyota’s largest plant in North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) started production in May 1988. The Georgetown, Ky. plant employs approximately 6,600 full time team members and represents a $6 billion investment. TMMK currently produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza as well as four-cylinder and V-6 engines and other engine components. Annual capacity is 500,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines. Since 1987, TMMK has donated more than $44 million to non-profit organizations throughout Kentucky.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957. Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. supports 14 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs nearly 39,000 people in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $24.5 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 $30 billion. Toyota currently produces 12 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sienna, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and the Lexus RX 350. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com or www.toyotanewsroom.com.
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