Over the past fifteen years, a symbiotic relationship has grown between Toyota Motor Manufacturing (TMM) and the community of Putnam County, West Virginia. Thanks to the Toyota plant, the community has received a large amount of economic growth - and thanks to the community, Toyota has received a large amount of welcomed support. In order to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this happy relationship, Toyota has given back around $100,000 in donations to nonprofits in the area.
The six extremely worthy organizations to receive donations were: Multifest Cultural Festival ($22,000), City of Buffalo ($8,000), Eleanor Fire Department ($15,000), Buffalo Fire Department ($15,000), Marshall University ($32,000) and Putnam County Career & Technical Center ($10,000). While one-hundred grand is a pretty hefty contribution, financial power was garnered by dedicated Toyota employees - or, should we say, team members. The automaker refers to its employees as "team members" because they are truly the reason behind Toyota success. Team members began raising funds for the 15-year celebration donation back before they even knew where their money would end up.
It's essential for Toyota and its team members to support the community given that the company has expanded at such a rapid pace over the years. Since the TMMWV plant broke ground back in 1996, it has seen $1.26 billion in investments, produced over 8.6 million Toyota parts and created somewhere around 1,000 jobs.
"Toyota supports the communities where it does business, not only monetarily, but, also, through volunteer efforts by our team members," General Manager Mike Lutz says. "Each year, our team members give over 10,000 hours of their time toward worthy causes in this area."1
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