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TOYOTA ANNOUNCES DIE-MAKING OPERATION; WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. SUPPLIERS

 TOYOTA ANNOUNCES DIE-MAKING OPERATION;
 WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. SUPPLIERS
 GEORGETOWN, Ky., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. (TMM) today announced the opening of a die-making operation here designed to facilitate information exchange between Toyota and its North American suppliers.
 "TMM wants to share the expertise of its die-making operations in Japan with North American suppliers while learning from suppliers as well," said Fujio Cho, president and CEO of TMM.
 The operation will help TMM's efforts to source dies made in the United States. The shop will not only make dies for use in TMM's stampings of small interior parts and external panels for production of the Camry, but will serve as an observation and information sharing facility for suppliers.
 "In the long run, we hope that U.S. suppliers will make dies for larger parts on the Camry," Cho said. "Eventually we will have transferred not only technology, but parts sourcing from Japan to the U.S. This gives us shorter lead times at TMM and better access to engineering changes."
 The project is already paying off for U.S. suppliers, which have been called on to provide machining and parts such as castings, patterns and tools for the die shop. Initially, castings will be provided by Teledyne and patterns will be supplied by Simco Industries, Inc. and Sanford Pattern Works, Inc.
 The die construction operation represents a $13 million investment and will provide as many as 40 new jobs at TMM by 1994.
 TMM selected team members from its ranks with little or no die-manufacturing experience and trained them extensively in the die-making trade in Japan.
 "Typically, automakers search for experienced die-makers to fill these positions. Our team members have what it takes to acquire these skills," said Parker Shannon, assistant manager of the new die operation. "They had little auto manufacturing experience when TMM located here. This is a natural step forward."
 The die shop trainees were selected based on their scores on the Bennett Mechanical Comprehensive Test (BMCT), which they chose to take as part of a skilled trades program at TMM.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara McDaniel, Toyota, 502-868-2062/
 (TOYOY) CO: Toyota Motor Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. ST: Kentucky IN: AUT SU: PDT


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