Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc
Toyota's Georgetown plant began production in 1988 and is Toyota's largest production facility in North America. About 500,000 vehicles and nearly 400,000 engines are produced here per year. The Visitor Center offers interactive computer activities, exhibits, and videos to explain Toyota's industrial engineering methods--including team concept, production system, and quality assurance. A guided tour takes visitors through the stamping, body welding, and assembly areas, offering the opportunity to see "Kaizen" in practice. Kaizen is a continuous improvement concept aimed at eliminating "Muda," or waste, in all areas of production.
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Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Fun Fact:The Toyota production system is built on two main principles: Just-in-time production and "Jidoka." Jidoka is a defect-detection system that enables line workers to stop the production operation or equipment whenever they detect an abnormal or defective condition.