Womanufacturing: Three Major Toyota Plants in U.S. Run by Women in 2018

Womanufacturing: Three Major Toyota Plants in U.S. Run by Women in 2018

Toyota is announcing the latest in a series of female-led appointments with Susan Elkington slated to take the helm of Toyota’s largest plant in the world, located in Georgetown, Kentucky, beginning in 2018.

As president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), Elkington will oversee a $7 billion operation, which employs over 8,000 people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 engines.

Toyota’s Kentucky plant was its first wholly-owned vehicle plant in the U.S., which began building Camrys in 1988. Today, the plant also manufactures the Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Lexus ES 350, the only Lexus model produced in the U.S., as well as engines and engine components.

With Elkington’s appointment, by 2018, three Toyota plants in the U.S. will be led by women. Elkington will join Millie Marshall and Leah Curry, top leaders at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. (TMMI) and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV), respectively, who were both named presidents earlier this year.

A Huntingburg, Ind., native, and an engineer by trade, Elkington earned her mechanical engineering degree from the University of Evansville.

Elkington joined TMMK in January 2017 as senior vice president, overseeing the plant’s manufacturing and administrative functions. Prior to this role, she most recently served as general manager, Production Control Division at Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) global headquarters in Toyota City, Japan. Elkington was the first woman to serve in this global production role, supporting Toyota’s 53 manufacturing plants worldwide.

Elkington began her career with Toyota in 1998 in Princeton, Ind. as an assembly engineering specialist. By 2013, she held the position of manufacturing vice president at TMMI.

She is a board member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, a STEP Ahead Honoree (2014) and ATHENA of Southwest Indiana Award Finalist (2013).

Elkington will succeed Wil James, plant president of Toyota Kentucky since 2010, who is retiring following a 30-year career with the automaker.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

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