Toyota to build smart plant in Kentucky

  • October 31, 2023
  • William Payne

Toyota Boshoku is building a smart automotive parts manufacturing plant in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The global automotive supplier will invest $225 million and create 157 jobs in the company’s first ever “smart plant” location.

The new Kentucky factory will produce seat frame mechanism parts such as seat tracks, seat recliners and motor with gear. The 327,000-square-foot building will occupy 48 acres, with operation start planned for 2025. Located in the Hopkinsville’s South Park Development, construction began in June 2023.

Toyota Boshoku Corporation’s President, Masayoshi Shirayanagi, said, “We aim to not only create new jobs and invest in a smart manufacturing facility, but also to promote a more efficient and environmentally responsible operation.” The facility seeks to create a positive environmental impact that benefits the local community.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said in a statement, “I want to thank leadership at Toyota Boshoku for this commitment to the commonwealth as we continue to see significant investment in Kentucky’s automotive future. I am thrilled to see this company build on its already impressive presence in our state. This project is another big win for Hopkinsville and the West Kentucky region and means even more great jobs for our residents.”

Toyota Boshoku Corporation, a member of the Toyota group of companies, develops and manufactures automotive interior systems and other automotive components. Toyota Boshoku has manufacturing operations in Japan, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Toyota Boshoku America, based in Erlanger, Kentucky, employs more than 13,000 people in 22 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. US manufacturing sites are located in Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky.