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TOYOTA PLANT IN KENTUCKY OPENS ON-SITE CHILD CARE CENTER

 GEORGETOWN, Ky., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. (TMM) recently opened an on-site child care center for its 4,500 team members. TMM, where the Toyota Camry is made, is one of only a few U.S. manufacturers offering on-site child care and is the first Japanese transplant automaker with such a facility in the United States.
 The 25,000 square-foot child care center is part of a $7.5 million complex of three buildings to be known as the Family Center. A fitness and recreation building and team member services building will open later in the spring with a dedication planned for the entire facility at that time.
 The cost to team members is about 30 percent lower than community rates in Kentucky.
 Unique features of the child care center include: 24-hours-a-day service; maximum capacity of 230 children per shift; transporting of children ages 5-13 to and from local schools; and caregiver to child ratios better than state-recommended guidelines. The center has been designed to meet national standards of excellence established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
 "When we first opened our plant in 1988, it became very apparent that a real concern of our team members was the need for adequate child care services," said Sam Heltman, TMM vice president of human resources. "In 1989, we began providing child care services at a community center located several miles from the plant. We made a commitment to our team members then that the company would provide high quality child care on- site. The opening of this child care center allows them the ultimate flexibility in coordinating work and family."
 "In today's business climate, this type of commitment to employees is what sets companies apart from each other," said Marguerite Sallee, president and chief executive officer of Corporate Child Care Management Services of Nashville, Tenn., which manages the facility. "The facility at TMM is a model for companies that want to extend child care benefits to employees. TMM believes its team members and their children deserve the best possible child care at the workplace."
 In addition to the child care center, two other buildings are nearing completion in the Family Center complex. The fitness and recreation building will include a gymnasium, general exercise area, elevated running and walking track, fitness testing area and locker and shower area. The team member services building will include a credit union, team store, vehicle services and a safety shoe store.
 Production at TMM, which began in 1988, is expected to double to more than 400,000 vehicles annually when construction of a second plant is complete in early 1994. Employment is projected to increase to 6,000 at that time.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara McDaniel, Toyota Public Affairs, 502-868-2062/


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