Toyota to speed up Georgetown assembly line

Toyota's plant in Georgetown will be speeding up one of its two assembly lines in early June so it can produce more Camrys.

The line, which builds Camrys and Avalons, had been slowed to the point that employees at each point in the assembly process had 128 seconds to complete their tasks. Beginning June 8, employees will be realigned so each process is completed within 72 seconds.

During the past few months, Toyota has slowed, and even idled for days and weeks, production of vehicles nationwide to reduce dealer inventory. The new timing move is being made in response to improved sales forecasts, Georgetown spokesman Rick Hesterberg said.

The second line at the plant, which produces Camrys, Camry hybrids and the new Venza crossover, will remain at 69 seconds.