December 1985: Toyota announces Kentucky will be the location of its first wholly owned U.S. automotive manufacturing facility. The company already operated a plant as a joint venture with General Motors in California.
January 1986: Kaneyoshi Kusunoki is named the plant's president.
May 1986: Ground is broken.
November 1987: Power train plant is announced.
May 1988: A ceremony celebrates the first car produced, a 1989 model of the second-generation Camry.
July 1988: Volume production begins.
December 1988: Fujio Cho is named president of the plant.
June 1991: Construction begins on the plant's second assembly line.
September 1991: The plant begins producing the third-generation Camry.
January 1992: Toyota announces expansion of power train operations to produce V6 engines.
February 1993: On-site child care center opens.
October 1993: The plant produces its millionth Camry.
March 1994: Production begins on the plant's second assembly line.
August 1994: Start of V6 engine production.
September 1994: Start of first-generation Avalon production.
October 1994: Mikio Kitano is named plant president.
May 1996: Toyota donates $1 million to the Kentucky Historical Society to build a history center in Frankfort.
September 1996: 2 millionth vehicle produced and start of fourth-generation Camry production.
October 1996: Toyota expands its presence in Kentucky by establishing its North American manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger.
August 1997: Start of Sienna minivan production.
June 1998: Masamoto Amezawa named plant president.
August 1999: Some of the plant's paint shop workers sue, claiming they should be paid for the time it takes to don suits and walk to their jobs.
September 1999: Start of second-generation Avalon production.
April 2001: Gary Convis is named the first American president of the plant.
July 2001: Start of fifth-generation Camry production.
July 2002: The plant produces Toyota's 10 millionth North American vehicle.
December 2002: Production of the Sienna is transferred to a Princeton, Ind., plant.
July 2003: Start of second-generation Solara production.
February 2004: Start of Solara convertible production.
December 2004: Start of third-generation Avalon production.
May 2005: Toyota announces the plant will build a Camry Hybrid.
February 2006: Start of sixth-generation Camry production. The company also announces it will offer $4.5 million in back pay to settle the dispute with some paint shop workers. The bulk accept the settlement, but the case is continued by others.
April 2006: Manufacturing and research and development headquarters for North America are consolidated in Erlanger.
June 2006: Steve St. Angelo is named plant president.
March 2007: Toyota gives $1 million to the University of Kentucky to support a new research institute in engineering.
August 2007: The plant announces that to help control costs, its workers will have to pay premiums for insurance for the first time.
November 2008: Start of first-generation Venza production. The company cuts some temporary workers as the economic downturn affects automotive sales. It does not lay off any permanent employees over the time.
February 2009: The company announces pay cuts for executives and reduces bonuses for assembly line workers, as it seeks to combat the effects of the recession.
August 2009: Plant builds its 8 millionth vehicle.
September 2009: Toyota announces massive recall, one that will grow to be the largest in U.S. history, that includes the Camry and Avalon.
January 2010: Toyota announces it will idle one of its assembly lines in Georgetown as it investigates the cause behind recalls linked to sticking gas pedals.
July 2010: Wil James is named plant president and succeeds St. Angelo, who had been named Toyota's chief quality officer for North America.
Reach Scott Sloan at (859) 231-1447 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 1447.