Toyota restores full U.S. production

Lexington Herald-LeaderSeptember 14, 2011 

Toyota announced Tuesday it has returned to full production in North America because it no longer faces a shortage of parts due to the earthquake and tsunami earlier this year that affected its Japanese suppliers.

The move came ahead of schedule, as the automaker had predicted it wouldn't return to full production until November or December.

"The recovery is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our North American team members, suppliers and business partners," Steve St. Angelo, chairman of the automaker's flagship plant in Georgetown, said in a statement. "All of us at Toyota greatly appreciate the patience and support of our customers and dealers, many of whom have made generous donations in support of the relief efforts in Japan."

The Georgetown plant, which builds the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Venza, returned to full production earlier this summer. Other models that returned to full production at that time were the Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, Sienna and Sequoia.

Now back at full production are the Tacoma, Tundra, RAV 4 and Lexus RX 350.

In a statement, the automaker noted it now would "focus on replenishing dealer inventories through overtime and Saturday shifts at certain plants."

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