Here’s an article about Toyota’s first U.S. plant, where they finished trucks in California:
“Back in the early 1970s, the company’s Japanese executives were wary of American production capabilities. The plant here served as a sort of guinea pig.
‘It was a little bit of a test of cost efficiency and quality for Toyota (executives), but it ultimately gave them a great deal of confidence in expanding throughout the country,’ said Irv Miller, vice president for Toyota U.S. motor sales.
The plant survived, and today stands as one of the last solid auto manufacturing sites in a region that has seen its manufacturing workforce dramatically downsized, outsourced and sent overseas.”
The article says that the plant was started only because of some government regulation designed to reduce imports. I wonder how long it would have taken Toyota to try doing assembly work in the U.S. without that legislation? Does that go down in history as unintended consequences? Or, I assume it’s a good thing that Toyota has continued to open plants to this day (and into the future).
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