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Toyota buys 12,000 pairs of eclipse glasses for employees

Toyota has bought about 12,000 eclipse glasses for workers and contractors at the plant. Also, the plant is adjusting production schedules so employees can view the phenomenon.
Toyota has bought about 12,000 eclipse glasses for workers and contractors at the plant. Also, the plant is adjusting production schedules so employees can view the phenomenon. AP

As Monday’s solar eclipse approaches, lots of folks are scrambling to find glasses to safely view the sun.

Not Georgetown Toyota employees.

Toyota has bought about 12,000 eclipse glasses for workers and contractors at the plant, Toyota spokesman Rick Hesterberg said.

The plant also is adjusting production schedules so employees can view the phenomenon. The plant employs more than 8,000 people and produces the Camry, the Avalon, and the Lexus ES 350.

“We’ve got a lot of people here,” he said. “It’s a significant event, and generally people are excited about it.”

The total eclipse will be visible in more than 10 states, including Kentucky. Depending on the weather, Hopkinsville could offer the best view of the phenomenon. More than 100,000 people are expected in Hopkinsville to see the eclipse.

About 94 percent of the sun will be obscured for employees at the Georgetown Toyota plant, according to an interactive NASA map. The eclipse will peak about 2:30 p.m.

Hesterberg said he hopes the weather will provide favorable viewing conditions. Recent weather reports indicate that the weather will be mostly sunny Monday in Georgetown.

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