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Toyota boosts Tacoma production at Texas plant

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas received a $100 million investment from Toyota, boosting the automaker's total investment in Tacoma production at the 7-year-old plant to $1.4 billion.

Production of the Tacoma pickup truck began last month in Texas.
Toyota began production of its top-selling pick up, the Tacoma, last month in San Antonio, Texas. Toyota

Toyota could be on the way to bouncing back from a year of recalls and civil litigation.

The Japanese automaker today announced a $100 million investment in Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, boosting its total investment in the 7-year-old plant to $1.4 billion.

Toyota began production of the Tacoma pickup truck began last month at the San Antonio, Texas, location, but the event was marked today with a ceremony attended by Texas Governor Rick Perry, San Antonio community leaders, and Toyota officials including Toyota Motor Corporation Executive Vice President Atsushi Niimi.

Almost a year ago, Toyota recalledthe Tacoma because of loose floor mats.

Today, the Texas plant employs more than 2,800 workers and is looking to ramp up production its of Toyota's top-selling pick up.

"The San Antonio plant has shown a great deal of resilience during the recession and is fully prepared to ramp-up Tacoma production," said Chris Nielsen, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, president. "By building Tacoma in Texas, we are able to consolidate pickup truck production in the United States under one roof, allowing us to fully utilize the plant's capacity."