GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WDRB) - Toyota Motor Corp. is introducing a new way of doing things at its new North American engineering headquarters in Kentucky.
The company unveiled the $80 million state-of-the-art facility in Georgetown on Monday as a hub for "innovation and problem solving."
The Engineering and Manufacturing Center (PEMC) gives 600 engineers a workspace that allows them to move around and brainstorm with others. The idea is to encourage teamwork and to bring new ideas to production more quickly.
The building was designed with open spaces and environmentally conscious features such as solar panels, skylights, a rainwater harvesting system, and a geothermal HVAC system.
The PEMC is part of the "One Toyota" program that unifies operations at the company's headquarters in Plano, Texas and its research and development facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Toyota also announced several major donations to support STEM programs that feature science, technology, engineering and math. Morehead University will receive $400,000 to partner with the SOAR or Save Our Appalachian Region) curriculum in 40 elementary schools. The Kentucky Science Center will receive $50,000 for a "Robotics on the Road to Coding" program for students across the state.
The company is also creating an undergraduate program at the University of Kentucky for an automotive production engineering certificate.
Toyota announced earlier this year that it is investing $10 billion in the U.S. over the next five years. That's in addition to the $23.4 billion the automaker has invested in the past 60 years.
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