Toyota Indiana Rolls Out Five Millionth Vehicle

21 years and five million cars later, its hard to believe it all started with a Toyota Tundra.

The major milestone leaving tire tracks in more than just rural Gibson County's dirt roads.

“It really is a match made in heaven and to see what goes into the quality of these products, its really second to none,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.

“To me its a testament that we'll be here another twenty years, another fifty years, another hundred years,” said President of Toyota Indiana Millie Marshall.

According to Governor Holcomb, the most esteemed guest at the Power of Five celebration, the Indiana plant has been rolling out more than just cars these past couple decades.

“Well Toyota's on a roll, and so is the state of Indiana, so its really been a perfect partnership over the last couple decades, and its not just the jobs that continue to sprout here in Princeton and Gibson County that means so much to Hoosiers, its what the teammates here give back to the local community and to their Hoosier neighbors,” said Governor Holcomb.

Despite the plant's major accomplishment, all eyes on another number five.

Five non-profits, East Gibson School Corporation,Evansville Public Library, the Play For Kate Foundation, University of Southern Indiana Foundation, and Work One Southwest, all taking center stage, as Toyota gifted each of them $15,000.

Ashlee Bruggenschmidt with the Play For Kate Foundation said, “Very very excited, I think my heart skipped a beat and there's a lot we can do with ATV safety with $15,000.

Bruggenschmidt says she plans on using the money to purchase a Toyota vehicle to transport two new “Safety Sams” recently purchased.

Toyota currently has no plans on slowing down.

“I believe with the sales of the highlander right now, which is one of the hottest vehicles on the market, we'll hit the ten million much faster than what we hit the five million mark,” said Toyota Indiana President Millie Marshall.

That includes the actual milestone, as Toyota leaders presented the keys to the five millionth car, a black sequoia, to Governor Holcomb.

The Governor's Office footed the bill for the new car, which will be what the Governor uses to travel the state for work.

The milestone comes after Governor Holcomb traveled to Japan last week to meet with Toyota officials to strengthen Indiana's partnership with those in Japan.


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