Thriving at 50 – Toyota Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone in North America

California golden anniversary mark plant with $200,000 in community donations

LONG BEACH, Calif., September 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — It all started in 1972 when Toyota announced its first manufacturing investment in North America. Today, the automaker Long Beach, California operation, TABC, Inc., celebrated 50 years of paving the way for Toyota to become a benchmark in advanced manufacturing.

Backed by five decades of quality, TABC is a premier parts supplier for Tacoma trucks and produces older model body parts for all Toyota vehicles produced in North America.

“For 50 years, the TABC team has played a vital role in the success of our business, supplying parts and components for our vehicles,” said Chris Nielsen, Executive Vice President, Product Support and Chief Quality Officer, Toyota North America. “So it’s great to celebrate all they’ve accomplished, and we look forward to their continued leadership in delivering quality products to our customers.”

Celebrate with the community

As part of its anniversary celebration, Toyota officials announced $200,000 in community investments to be distributed among seven not-for-profit organizations, including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Boys and Girls Club of long beach
  • California State University at Long Beach
  • California Conference for Equality and Justice
  • children today
  • long beach Chamber of Commerce
  • American veterans

In addition to community investments, Toyota donated two vehicles to Rancho Los Alamitos and the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

“Toyota cares deeply about being a responsible member of society and improving our local communities,” said the TABC Chairman. Jim Zehmer. “It is fitting for us to mark our 50th anniversary by celebrating our employees who make it all possible and reaffirming our connection to the community through these contributions.”

Growing with Toyota

TABC, originally known as Atlas Fabricators, contracted with Toyota in 1972 to assemble truck beds for vehicles destined for the United States. Two years later, Toyota purchased the operation and eventually renamed it “TABC, Inc.” WE

In March 2022the operation announced an investment of $27 million to support an increase in production capacity. Currently, the plant employs approximately 350 people and represents a $485 million investment.

Toyota continues to expand its presence in North America. Today, it directly employs nearly 48,000 people, with $40.78 billion invested in its North American operations. The company’s newest plant, Toyota Battery Manufacturing North Carolina, is expected to begin production of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric and battery-electric vehicles starting in 2025.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM) is part of the cultural fabric of North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing next-generation sustainable mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, as well as our more than 1,800 dealerships.

Toyota directly employs more than 48,000 people in North America who have helped design, engineer and assemble nearly 43 million cars and trucks at our 13 manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 14th plant in North Carolina will start manufacturing automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, more than a quarter of the company’s North American sales in 2021 were electrified.

Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights how it partners with community, civic, academic and government organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit

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SOURCE Toyota Motor North America

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