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Toyota to Add Manufacturing Jobs in San Antonio

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Toyota is gearing up to roll out their new Tacoma pickup, which means the automaker will be adding manufacturing jobs in San Antonio.

The Tacoma is a big seller and Toyota’s sweet spot, unlike the Tundra, which has struggled due to the rising cost of fuel.

Their San Antonio plant will soon be operating to full capacity, officials said, with the rollout of the Tacoma and the Tundra. This is great news for workers in the auto industry.

Over the past few years, the San Antonio plant had a three-month stall in production in which workers were forced to discontinue working, coupled with reduced hours and shifts that put a strain on morale.

Team members have been focusing on prototypes and tests the last few weeks in anticipation of a glitch-free rollout.

The Tacoma production plant is new and was relocated to San Antonio from California, a move that 1,000 new jobs for the San Antonio area and a brand-new production facility that cost $100 million. The plant now employs about 2800 people, most locals, in San Antonio.

Consumers will be able to purchase the Tacoma by August.