A groundbreaking at the Georgetown Toyota plant this week signaled the start of construction of an $80 million production engineering campus. Toyota is consolidating engineering services for vehicle assembly at the Georgetown complex. Spokesman Rick Hesterberg says, once completed, some 700 engineers will work at the new facility. “The engineers that we’ll have at Georgetown aren’t product engineers, but they’re process," Hesterberg explained. "These are the people who help build our plants, build the processes, design the processes in the manufacturing plants to eventually build the vehicles."
Hesterberg says phasing out engineering support in northern Kentucky means hundreds of employees will ultimately make central Kentucky their new work home. “We’ll eventually see about three to four hundred engineers from our Erlanger office move down to the Georgetown area," he Saudi "So, the footprint for Georgetown and jobs is increasing."
The 250,000 square foot building will include a state of the art test lab. It’s expected to open in 2017.