Toyota to Add Hundreds of Jobs at Kentucky Assembly Plant
GEORGETOWN, KY—Toyota plans to add 400 workers as soon as possible to its assembly plant here, the Japanese automaker announced Tuesday. New hires at the plant, which is Toyota’s largest in the world, will receive a $500 signing bonus if they remain on the job for at least six months, according to Toyota spokesman Rick Hesterberg. The new jobs will start pay at $18.07 and $18.98 per hour for the plant’s day and night shifts, respectively. Hesterberg said workers can eventually earn up to $29 per hour. According to Hesterberg, this is the first time Toyota has offered a signing bonus for new hires. He said it is “an incentive to attract people to our company and to a career in manufacturing.” This is the latest announcement in what has been a busy year for Toyota’s Kentucky plant. In March, the automaker announced it would invest $238 million to launch assembly of two hybrid vehicles, its RAV4 and the luxury Lexus ES 300 in Kentucky. Production for the Lexus hybrid has already began. Meanwhile, production for the RAV4 model will launch in January 2020. Those who are interested can apply at http://www.toyotaky.com/jobs/.