For 740+ Kentucky Veterans, Toyota is a Great Place to Call Home
It’s been 25 years since Sgt. Tony Hendrichs stepped onto the sands of Saudi Arabia, where he spent eight months during Operation Desert Storm. As one of the first National Guard units to deploy from Kentucky, he wasn’t quite sure what to expect while serving his country overseas.
But one thing he could expect was a job to come home to.
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Team Member, "Miracle" Dog Help Others Recover Through Pet Therapy
A soft spot for God’s creatures and a desire to make a difference prompted a Georgetown team member to open his home and his heart to a very special friend.
Body Weld Conveyance Team Member Ben Forman and his wife Kristen have fostered more than 50 in-need animals through various animal welfare groups. But it took a Miracle to truly change their lives. Miracle being a purebred fox hound that was abandoned and left with a severe brain injury after her former owners beat the dog when her hunting abilities began to fail.
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Giving Back: Body Weld Team Member Makes Helping Others an Annual Event
Whether you travel for the excitement of seeing a sunset over a foreign ocean or look forward to observing diverse cultures, everyone agrees traveling abroad creates lifelong memories. In the case of Body Weld Assistant Manager Keith Moore, not only has he made lasting friendships through his missionary trips to Japan, he’s left a longer- lasting impact on the places he visited.
Moore and his wife Eriko, a native of Japan, make yearly visits to the areas devastated by 2011’s earthquake and resulting tsunami.
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There’s No Limit To TMMK’s Commitment to Quality:
Paint Manager’s Hair Falls Victim To Challenge
Never let it be said that TMMK’s Paint Department doesn’t respond in full force when put to a challenge-especially if it involves a dare and an impromptu haircut. Paint 1 Manager Tom Korona told team members if the department achieved a quality target he’d shave his head.
The shop answered the call and then some, at times even hitting below the set target. And true to his word, the shop gathered during their Team Member Appreciation Lunch as Korona had his head shaved. Team members even got the chance to sign his barber’s cape to commemorate the big event.
Giving Back: How TMMK Impacts Strangers in Need
Giving back without ever having to be asked is the mantra for Assembly Team Leader Ed Saker. Over the past 25 years, Saker has helped Central Kentuckians by giving platelet donations. Saker estimates he’s given 43 gallons of platelets through his donations at the Kentucky Blood Center.
“They tell me 345 people..whether it was premature babies, hemophiliacs or cancer patients have been helped by my donations,” said Saker, who makes it a habit every two weeks to donate platelets. “I’ve been doing it so long it’s almost second nature. I go in a Saturday, spend about 50 minutes and watch a tv show and relax.”
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TMMK Team Member Finds Spark for a Healthier Lifestyle
On a walk one day, TMMK Communications Specialist Kerry Holt had a thought, "Maybe I’ll run to that mailbox." After work one day in 2010, Holt was out for a walk. Not an avid exerciser at the time, she was stressed from watching her father-in-law fight a battle with cancer, working full time and raising two small children. On that particular evening, a thought occurred to her to start running. And, she did — to that mailbox down the road. A track runner in high school, it had been years since Holt had put on a pair of running shoes. Her perseverance to lose some weight and to reduce her stress level kept her going. She embarked on her own run/walk program until she could run a full mile, then two, then three and more.
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TMMK Makes The Cover
TMMK Bodyweld Production Engineering Specialist Paul Stafford was recently featured on the cover of Modern Materials Handling magazine. Inside the magazine, TMMK's groundbreaking use of automated guided vehicles is featured, along with a discussion of the technology that keeps TMMK on the cutting edge of automated materials handling.
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Manufacturing, Administrative Diversity Committees Recognized
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (December 20, 2012) — Stamping/Die Manufacturing, Human Resources, Powertrain and Cost Management Department Diversity Committees were recognized at the annual Diversity Committee Recognition Event.
The Beyond the Basics Awards — an award recognizing a committee for implementing a break-through activity to keep diversity moving forward — went to Die Manufacturing for manufacturing and Human Resources for administration.
Stamping/Die Manufacturing created an activity that compared the game of baseball and how concepts of a team and strength in differences is just as important in the department as it is in baseball. Stamping/Die is the newest DDC and has five members.
Leftover Holiday Meals Given To Local Charity
Spirit of Giving Back Celebrated at TCDC
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (December 1, 2012) — The Toyota Child Development Center was in the Christmas spirit last week making holiday cards for local veterans. The activity was organized by Associate Martha Trent who helps organize a card delivery to a Veteran’s Home in Wilmore, Ky.
This year, Trent thought it would be a great idea to include the children and grandchildren of Toyota team members in the activity.
"I think it is very important that we teach our children to give. I hope the end result from this activity is that the children have fun giving," Trent said. "Also, hopefully the older children will think about the veterans who have given so much of their life for our country and it is important that we give a little of ours back to them.”
Team Members Honored For Quality Month Initiatives, Involvement
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (November 26, 2012) — More than 60 team members from across all departments were recently honored during the 2012 Quality Month recognition event..
Following opening remarks from Quality Control Assistant General Manager Kerry Creech, the first, second and third place finishers in TMMK’s various Quality Month competitions were recognized.
Vice President of Administration Mike Price then introduced the winners of the Quality Logo, FMDS and Quality Theme Quality Circle competitions. Body Weld’s Chip Palmer took first and third prize in the logo competition, while Body Weld’s David Themer placed second. Bumper Paint’s Ron Raider and Robert McBurney were the winners of the FMDS competition. Alan Lovins and Jeff Sanders from QC were second. Tony Hendrichs and Ron Cloyd from Assembly placed third. Paint’s Quality Circle, TMMK Blues, took first place in the QC theme competition, followed by Assembly’s CSI and QC’s Disfunctional Minds.
Veterans Honored With Flag Raising, New Business Partnering Group Announced
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (November 11, 2012) — Soggy weather did not dampen the spirit of TMMK’s annual Veterans Day flag raising ceremony. Special this year was the announcement of the new Toyota Veterans Association-Kentucky (TVA-KY) Business Partnering Group.
The group’s goal is to support veteran team members at TMMK, while working to develop an environment that is inclusive of veterans in the workplace. TVA-Ky’s membership drive begins on Dec. 6 at 3:45 p.m. in the Visitors Center. All full or part time TMMK, Co-ops, Interns, variable workforce and TEMA team members located at TMMK are invited to join. You do not have to be a veteran to become involved. Some examples of activities that the group supports are a resource library, military family support and welcome home events. For more information contact Dan May at ext. 3920
TMMK Breaks State Record for Blood Donations
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (October 22, 2012) — Records were shattered last week thanks to the kind donations of TMMK Team Members. Throughout this year, 3,099 pints of blood were donated through TMMK’s quarterly blood drives. That is a state record for corporate donations. The plant's team members topped the Central Kentucky Blood Center's list, giving more than the next five companies combined.
The record-setting donation was led in this drive by Plastics among production shops and Business Planning-Cost Management among non-production departments. Both shops were presented with the Gift of Life trophy at the Daily Operations Meeting.
Rain Doesn’t Dampen National Public Lands Day Partnership
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (September 17, 2012) — Nearly 100 team members along with their family and friends participated in National Public Lands Day, held this year at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort. Among the projects completed was constructing a raptor aviary that will be used for education about different species.
"At Toyota, we know that when it comes to building quality communities, it takes a village.” said President Wil James. “And, it involves more than just donating dollars. It involves donating our time and talents, too.”
One Avalon (or Four) is Never Enough for the Ball Family
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (July 23, 2012) — You don’t have to tell Jeff and Janice Ball how great a Toyota Avalon is, because they already know. In fact, they are currently driving their fourth Avalon.
“You might call us Avalon-a-holics,” stated Body Weld Maintenance Team Member Jeff Ball. “We started with the 2000 Avalon and we worked up to a 2011.”
When the Balls first started driving the 2000 Avalon, they loved it. They then went on to buy a 2005 model and thought there was no way that the car could get any better.
TMMK Partners with Quest Farm to Give Back to Community
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (July 2, 2012) — TMMK serves the community through many different ways including diversity and equal opportunities.
Now, the plant has another unique opportunity by establishing a team of people with disabilities to assemble parts for Powertrain four-cylinder, V6 and Axle lines.
After seeing the LexPro partnership with TMMK in Assembly 1, Powertrain General Manager David Cox challenged his department management to create a similar situation.
Powertrain has partnered with Quest Farm, a non-profit organization located in Scott County that cares for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Scholarship Winners Celebrated
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (July 9, 2012) — A reception was recently held in the Visitors Center for TMMK’s dependants who were the recipients of a TEMA Scholarship. The scholarship program is for children of team members of Toyota’s North American manufacturing companies. Of the 50 scholarships awarded this year, 19 were awarded to children of TMMK team members.
Pictured back row, left to right: Human Resources Specialist Donald Woolridge, Ryan Baltenberger, son of QC’s Mike Baltenberger; Sarah Cleaver, daughter of PC’s Phillip Cleaver; Damien Hicks, son of Paint’s Rodney Hicks; Kenneth Johnson III, son of QC’s Kenneth Johnson II; Ethan Kelly, son of HR’s Les Kelly; Erin Miller, son of Assembly’s Todd Miller and Human Resources Specialist Dan May. Front row, left to right: TMMK President Wil James, Whitney Scott, daughter of Powertrain’s William Scott; Megan Robinson, daughter of Assembly’s Kevin Robinson; Victoria Votaw, daughter of Assembly’s Andreas Votaw; Kalena Roark, daughter of Assembly’s Keith Roark and Alyshia Powell, daughter of Assembly’s Terry Powell.
Avalon Stands Test Of Time For General Stores Team Member
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (June 28, 2012) — For Production Control Team Member Dan Walsh the more things change, the more they stay the same. At least when it comes to the car parked in his driveway.
Walsh, and his wife Susan Kavanaugh, are still the proud owners of the same silver-spruce colored Toyota Avalon purchased in the winter of 1997.
“It’s been a dream car for us,” said Walsh. “It looks and runs just as good as the day we bought it. We’ve not had one problem out of it.”
TMMK, James Receive Military Honors
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (June 15, 2012) — TMMK was honored recently with multiple awards from the Kentucky Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
During a ceremony on the front lawn of the 601 building, TMMK was presented with ESGR’s Pro Patria and Seven Seals awards.
The Pro Patria award is presented to employers in the Commonwealth that have provided exceptional support of our national defense through leadership practices and personnel policies. The Seven Seals Award is given to honor support for service members from all seven branches of the military.
Bethany Giordano Named 2011's Top Volunteer
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (May 21, 2012) — The Volunteers in Place (VIP) Program is just one of many ways that TMMK provides recognition to team members for their work in the community.
Established in 1994, VIP encourages volunteer activities and recognizes team members for their efforts. Participation in this program has grown each year and currently there are almost 1,900 team members enrolled. Last year, 287 of these team members recorded over 25,000 volunteer hours in our community.
This year’s recipient for the Volunteer of the Year award was Facilities Control Specialist Bethany Giordano.
Environmental Celebrations Abound In April
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (April 30, 2012) — A week’s worth of activities for the young and young at heart capped off TMMK’s commemoration of Earth Day.Things kicked off with second graders participating in Field Day activities held at the Nature Trail. Staff from TMMK’s Environmental Division planted a tree at the Toyota Child Development Center and took environmental mascot, TripR, for a show and tell session at Northern Elementary.
The outdoors was also brought lineside for team members, as an indoor version of the trail was erected in Assembly 1.
TMMK’s Innovative Outsourcing Activity Is A Win For All Involved
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (April 2, 2012) — TMMK’s need to relocate a sub-assembly process and its out of the box solution were recently highlighted at a national diversity showcase.
Dave Orrender, Assembly 2 manager and Tim Turner, Assembly Safety team leader, were honored to present at Diversity Inc.’s first ever Innovation Fest, where the focus was on diversity-driven business programs or concepts. The duo represented an Assembly Quality Circle initiative which brought about the LexPro/Assembly partnership in 2011.
Tornado Victim, Assembly Team Member Sees Red Cross Help First Hand
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (March 12, 2012) — After the March 2 tornadoes devastated parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama, Assembly 2 Conveyance Team Member Robert Elam saw the impact of the aid from the Red Cross first-hand.
The organization was housing and feeding families left homeless from the storms in the elementary school next door to his farm in West Liberty.
Elam, his brother, brother-in-law and nephew all live in West Liberty and commute to TMMK everyday. He had arrived home from work on March 2 and was feeding his horses when he saw the funnel cloud approaching. He immediately ran to his brother’s house and stayed in the basement until the storm was over.
Four To Represent TMMK In Mentoring Program
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (March 5, 2012) — Four TMMK team members have been chosen to represent the company for the 2012 YMCA Adult Achiever program.
Cost Management Associate Kim McCann, Assembly Group Leader Brian Carter, Quality Control Team Leader J.J. Clay, and Powertrain Team Leader Terrence Slaughter were selected from 13 nominees from across the plant.
TMMK’s representatives were chosen based on their interest form application, department and section management recommendation, performance evaluations, leadership roles and community service involvement.
Super Bowl Fever Strikes, Team Members Featured In National Spotlight
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (February 6, 2012) — While the nation’s attention was focused on Indianapolis on Super Bowl Sunday, the limelight shown just as brightly on TMMK. That’s because the millions tuning in to the pre-game broadcast heard Powertrain second shift Team Member Sean Cooley voice a 60-second Toyota commercial.
Cooley was one of eight TMMK team members featured in the ad. Despite the 21 hours that went into shooting the commercial, he says it was all worth it.
Facilities, Environmental Use Power Of The Sun To Resolve Ergo Strain
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (January 23, 2012) — TMMK has become adept at harnessing the power of Mother Nature. From composting our cafeteria waste to installing solar-fueled pond fountains along the Nature Trail-some very innovative projects have been undertaken thanks to a partnership between Facilities Control and Environmental Engineering. And recently the two groups got creative while resolving an ergonomic concern.
Twice a month an Environmental Specialist must test TMMK’s four storm water ponds for compliance with state storm water discharge standards. After it rains, the process requires the specialist to use 150 pounds of force to hand crank a gate which raises and lowers pond control valves. Over time, the ergonomic burden became a concern.