(Springfield, Kentucky) Toyota parts manufacturer Toyotomi America Corp. plans to add almost 10,000 square feet of office space and nearly 2,000 square feet of maintenance area to its facility in Springfield.
The state recently approved a $38,430 tax refund through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act to support the project, estimated to cost more than $1 million. Construction is slated to start soon with the maintenance area set to be complete this fall and the office area scheduled to be finished by January. Takenaka will be doing the construction work.
In the office we're just crowded, we need to have more space, said Jim Rau, executive vice president for Toyotomi America. "Business has been very good. This is a good time to expand." In addition to the current expansion, Rau said Toyotomi America is adding a transfer press and last October finished a warehouse expansion.
Toyotomi America, a division of Japan-based Toyotomi, manufactures service parts for Toyota. When Toyota plants are finished making models, Toyotomi America takes the original stamping dies and makes past-model service parts such as hoods, doors, trunks, radiators and fenders. Those parts are distributed by Toyota to dealers. The company also supplies welded assemblies/OEM parts to several Toyota plants including ones in Kentucky, California, Indiana and Canada.
Rau said his operation, which broke ground in 1998, was the parent company's first venture outside Japan. Production in the Springfield welding shop started in April, 2000 and work in the stamping shop kicked off in November, 2000.
The company has 217 employees and as Rau said 15 more should be hired by the end of the year. For more information on Toyotomi call 859-336-3725 or visit their Web site at http://www.toyotomi-kiko.co.jp/eng/global/us.html
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