On Monday, October 19th, 2015 the first Lexus assembled in the United States was greeted by roughly 3,000 attendees. The ceremony was held at Toyota’s Scott County Plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. During the event, Lexus unveiled the 2016 Lexus ES 350 that is produced in the plant along with fireworks and other Kentucky proud products such as spiced apple cider and country ham biscuits.
Toyota’s manufacturing facility has been in Georgetown, Kentucky for nearly 30 years. Governor Steve Beshear noted that the plant’s location has helped grow the Kentucky economy to where it is today. Kentucky is now the third largest manufacturer of cars and light trucks in the United States. Before adding the Lexus ES 350 line, the Georgetown Toyota Plant produced Camrys, Avalons and Venzas. Beshear added, that the state’s economic progress would not “be possible today if Toyota hadn’t come to Georgetown in the ’80s.”
For the Lexus production, Toyota invested $360 million while adding 750 jobs. 50,000 vehicles are projected to be produced per year at the Georgetown facility.