The Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant, located on a 2200-acre site on the far south side of San Antonio, broke ground in October 2003 and, following four years of construction, the first new Tundra pickups rolled off the production line in November 2006. Second-generation Tundra production was initially split between the plant in San Antonio and another Toyota plant near Princeton, IN (which had produced the first generation Tundra). In late 2008, Toyota announced that all Tundra production would be moved to San Antonio. In 2009 another announcement was made that Corolla and Tacoma production would be ending at the Fremont, CA plant. Tacoma production was relocated to San Antonio, and this change effectively moved all of Toyota’s US Pickup production to San Antonio for the foreseeable future. All models of Toyota’s Tundra and Tacoma trucks are produced at the San Antonio plant. The plant employs over 2300 team members.
The tour will cover 2.2 million square feet of the facility. First stop is the Body Weld Shop where a team of computer-controlled robots use state-of-the-art technology to weld stamp steel pieces together. Next, is the Plastics Shop where critical components, including the vehicle bumpers and instrument panels, are made. Following, you will see overhead conveyors transport the trucks from Paint to the Final Line in assembly. Throughout the tour, our guide will point out the foundations of the world-renowned Toyota Productions System, as well as give insight into the line side processes of the TMMTX team members.