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News of  April 04, 2001


Gary Convis Named President of Toyota Georgetown Plant, Becomes First American to Head Vehicle Plant in North America

Erlanger, KY -Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America (TMMNA) announced that Gary Convis will become president of its Georgetown, KY. manufacturing plant, effective in April. Convis will be the first American to serve in the top spot at any of the automaker’s vehicle plants.

Convis began his career with Toyota in 1984 as part of the start-up team for New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), the company’s joint venture with General Motors. He had worked the previous 18 years for Ford following a three-year tenure with General Motors.


Fujio Cho (R), President, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Gary Convis, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.

Photo: Toyota

A year ago, Convis moved to TMMK as executive vice president and has had the primary responsibility for the plant’s daily manufacturing operations. Masamoto Amezawa, who has served as TMMK’s president since 1998, will move into a new role as chairman of TMMK.

"I want TMMK to be the premier auto manufacturer in the world," Convis stated. "This plant is Toyota’s largest operation outside of Japan, and plays a key role in the company’s success globally. Our team members have earned a reputation for building the highest quality products in North America, and I am honored to have been selected to lead them as our challenges become even stronger."

The Georgetown plant builds the Camry, which for four years running has been the number one selling car in the United States. It also makes Toyota’s flagship car, the Avalon, and is the exclusive manufacturer of the Sienna minivan. The plant also builds V6 and 4-cylinder engines. TMMK has an annual capacity of 500,000 for both vehicles and engines. It has won numerous J.D. Power and Associates plant quality awards, most recently earning its fourth Gold Plant Award in 2000.

The plant’s 7,800 team members heard about Convis’ appointment through a special videotaped message from former TMMK president and current Toyota Motor Corporation president, Fujio Cho.

(March 29, 2001)

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