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Toyota Adding 300 Jobs Boosting Production of Popular SUV
Toyota Indiana is expanding the Princeton, Indiana plant by 70,000 sq. ft. The plant will invest $100 million and add 300 jobs by summer 2016 to boost production of the popular Highlander midsize sport utility vehicle.
From January through July 2014, Toyota sold about 90,000 Highlanders, an increase of 16 percent over the same period the previous year.
Toyota Indiana is the sole producer of Highlander in North America. The popular SUV is exported to several countries around the world. The Sienna and Sequoia full-size SUV are also shipped to different parts of the world. This makes the Indiana Toyota plant a global supply base for SUVs and minivans.
Currently, Toyota Indiana builds the Highlander only in the West Plant alongside the Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle. To meet increasing demand for Highlander, annual production of up to 30,000 of the midsize SUVs will be added to Toyota Indiana’s East Plant where the Sienna minivan is built.
“Indiana is a state that works when it comes to building the cars that keep America moving forward,” said Gov. Mike Pence. “Hoosier-built products like the Toyota Highlander are known around the world for their precision and quality. And with suppliers in all corners of the state, Toyota is helping to strengthen and grow Indiana’s economy.”