Banzai! Toyota in North America

Automotive News - May 14, 2007 http://autonews.com
Economic development leaders in several states say Toyota officials have signaled privately that more investment is coming...
Since it opened its first auto assembly line in Fremont, Calif., in 1987, Toyota's pattern in North America has been to go back and double its investment. The Georgetown, Ky., plant opened in 1988 to produce 200,000 cars a year. It now builds 500,000 a year as well as engines.
Future expansions probably will mean more investment in the $1.28 billion San Antonio plant, where Toyota began making Tundra pickups in November. Toyota also has a small assembly plant in Baja, Mexico, where it makes Tacoma pickups http://snipurl.com/Tacoma_07 - Nissan Motor Co. is investing heavily in Mexican production.
A more pressing concern for Toyota is to create more production capacity for engines and transmissions. The company has capacity to build about 1.45 million engines and 600,000 automatic transmissions in North America annually, while it is increasing vehicle capacity to 2.2 million a year.
Ray Tanguay, the Toyota executive vice president responsible for strategic needs, says the company plans to add a line at its Kentucky engine plant. Toyota declined to reveal details, but the plans are emerging as it launches production of Camry sedans at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. outside Indianapolis.
The company also will need engines to power the Highlander SUVs it will start building in Tupelo, Miss., in early 2010. That project is relatively close to Toyota's truck engine plant in Huntsville, Ala., but the company has not revealed its sourcing plan.
Woodstock, Ontario - RAV4 assembly is to start this year near Toyota's Cambridge, Ontario, plant, which has expanded repeatedly.
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On May 21, 11:53 am, George Orwell <Use-Author-Supplied-Address-

The US automobile market is going the way of consumer electronics, unless US manufacturers can reverse the trend.
Yes, RCA, Zenith and a few well known American names are still used, but they are no longer assembled here. Most come from China, Korea, or Singapore.
Unless things change, there will be some vehicles carrying American name plates, but they won't be assembled here.
I am curious, what is the benefits package like for an American working at a U.S. Toyota, Nissan, or Honda plant like? Are the benefits anything like what UAW workers have?
-KM
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

The US Toyota workers just get 401k's, I think with a company match. The health care is more expensive.
So the wages are similar, but the benefits are less.
Jeff

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But quality is better at non UAW plants. Union workers are lazy and overpaid. The bloated benefits package forces car makers to skimp on components and quality suffers. God help Toyota if they build in Mexico. Chhhrysler build sthere and there quality is spotty

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That may be your opinion but the fact is build quality, in any assemble plant, is a function of management not the workers.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

With German and Japanese cars built in the USA.
So we buy those that are built in the USA, who cares about the company name anyway.
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who wrote:

True!
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On reason you might chose a vehicle made by an American corporation is Japanese corporations take all of the profits, earned in the US, out of the US federal tax free. Guess who make up for those lost taxes?
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Better, actually. As Detroit Free Press has observed in a recent article, Toyota is now at parity or slightly better than UAW wages. A lot of this is an effort by Toyota to stave off unionization efforts.
Ted
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would cost Toyota a lot of productivity, and they'd rather pay extra to the people they have that work. Anybody would.
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The question is, if the UAW disappears, would they still continue to pay those higher wages? Over time, I would bet that the wages would start falling after inflation adjustment.
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Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:

Do you know _anything_ about business? Have you ever made a payroll?
Do you think the airlines, city and state governments, railroads, utilities, etc... would continue to pay what they pay if all union representation disappeared? <G>
Any properly run business pays what it costs to attract and retain properly qualified, dependable employees. Anything more is a waste of resources and a dereliction of management duties.
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The article in the Detroit Press was not totally accurate. The fact is the workers in the Toyota plants received bonus in 2006 that put them on a parity with the base rate in union plants. The wage rate at Japanese plants, that only assemble car in the US, is $4 to $6 an our less than in Union plants, except for Toyotas only Union plant in California.
Out of that wage the nonunion workers in the Japanese plants must cover most of their own 401K and contribute to their health care plan. Workers in union plants have a company paid pension plan and do not contribute to the cost of their health care plain.
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both worlds. With the union broken, they'll pay whatever the market requires.
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