Toyota pledges $391 million for new US plant as GM workers strike


WE TALKED ABOUT GM PRODUCTION TAKING A MAJOR HIT WHILE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE UNION DRAGS ON. TOYOTA ANNOUNCING A $400 MILLION INVESTMENT IN A PLANT. SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. NORTH AMERICAN MANUFACTURING, CHRISTOPHER IS OUR GUEST NOW. WE TALK ABOUT AMERICAN COMPANIE COMPANIES, A COMPANY BASED OVERSEAS INVESTING A LOT IN THIS COUNTRY. YOU MAKE ALL THE CARS YOURSELF HERE IN THE U.S.?>>WE’VE BEEN HERE SINCE 1957. INVESTING OVER $27 BILLION IN THIS COUNTRY, OUR STANDARD INVESTMENT HERE WAS THE NEXT STEP IN THE LONG LINE. WE DO MAKE ABOUT 70% OF WHAT WE FELT HERE. AMERICAN-MADE CAR IN THE COUNTRY’S CAMRY. WE’VE GOT A LOT OF TUNDRAS MADE ALL ACROSS THE U.S.>>DOES NOT MATCH THE 70% IN THE TRADE TENSIONS?>>NO, THE CAR BUSINESS IS ONE PLANNING CYCLES ARE DECADES IN THE MAKING. WE ALWAYS INTENDED TO SELL, THAT WAS BEFORE THIS RECENT ROUND AND IT WILL CONTINUE AFTERWARDS.>>IN THIS PARTICULAR INVESTMENT, WHAT ATTRACTIVE ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR AREA AND STATE? WHAT’S THE REASON FOR SAN ANTONIO BEING ATTRACTED TO YOU?>>WE OPENED UP A PLANT IN 2003 AND WHAT MADE US OPEN UP HERE AND EXPAND ARE THE SAME THINGS. ONE, A GREAT COMMUNITY OF GREAT WORKERS COMMITTED TO QUALITY AND WORKING WITH US IN A COOPERATIVE WAY. SECOND, A WARM WELCOME BY THE TEXAS COMMUNITIES. THEY MADE A FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR BUSINESSES AND FOR THIS, DOUBLING DOWN HERE.>>COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENTS, DOES THAT PLAY INTO WHAT GM IS DOING NOW? HOW DO YOU READ THE SITUATIONS THERE VERSUS WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN THE U.S.?>>I CAN’T, REALLY ON THE RELATIONS SITUATION BETWEEN GM BUT WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED FOR IS A WORKFORCE THAT WE CAN EMPOWER. THEY ARE ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE, CAP THE POWER TO STOP THE INCREASED PRODUCT. THEY WORK WITH US AND COME UP WITH THEIR OWN INNOVATIONS. THAT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR WORKERS IS THE KEY TO TOYOTA’S SUCCESS.>>ON THE POLICIES FRONT, WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE YOU ARE WATCHING NOW? WHAT’S THE BIGGEST THING FOR TOYOTA THAT YOU WANT TO SEE?>>TWO THINGS, IF I COULD PUT THEM NECK AND NECK. ONE IS THE U.S. MCA. IT’S IMPORTANT CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION FOLLOWS THROUGH ON WHAT WE HOPE IS A GREAT COMMITMENT. SO THERE CAN BE CERTAINTY IN INVESTMENT AND SECOND, WE WANT TO SEE ONE NATIONAL PROGRAM AS IT RELATES TO GREENHOUSE GAS AND EMISSIONS. WE THINK IS A STRONG RISK WANT TO AVOID HAVING A SPLIT MARKET WITH TWO DIFFERENT REGIMES. NOBODY WANTS THAT. WE ARE HOPEFUL IN THE NEXT

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  1. People say they make 64 a hour with benefits but its probably 9.65 after union dues. Cigars and golf trips for those hard working union reps ain't cheap people!!!

  2. That’s it GM moving to China completely !!! No strikes no drama 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ !!!!!!! Toyota ppl smart by going to Conservative state 👍❤️🇺🇸

  3. GM should have never been bailed out, they make some of the worst vehicles ever made and they betrayed the American worker by opening plants in other countries, I hope they go out of business permanently

  4. The first company I worked for was Toyota and I really should've stayed with them. Great company that stands behind their product.

  5. Toyota is building a new plant here in north Alabama that they say will hire 4000 people. It's about 2 miles from my front door and its going to be huge. They have a plant right down the road that has been building the engines for a few years now. Polaris built a plant right up the road about a year ago. Not much union stuff down here but there is jobs.

  6. I guess average GM worker get $60 per hour including all benefits. Not sure how true that is but if so that’s a lot to charge arm and a leg for a crappy product at the end of that assembly line.

  7. Sat GM is now the largest corporate welfare recipient in America while making billions of dollars. Figure that one out? Good for Toyota.

  8. I used to be a Chevy person, not interested in buying any other brand. Somewhere in the 90's my Chevys started leaving me with my family on the side of the road at the worst times. Transmission failures and throwing serpentine belts became standard. I drive only vehicles built in America, like the three affordable, reliable cars I own today are Toyota, Honda, and Kia.

  9. Quite the coincidence that two weeks after Abe and trump come to a trade agreement Toyota announces this investment. It’s not by coincidence actually.

    President trump and president Abe have a strong relationship and Toyota motor company has a big influence on the Japanese government.

    That is a fact !

  10. I’m on the edge of not buying anymore GM products and going to Toyota, GM reliability is crap anymore and you see Toyota’s lasting much longer all the time.

  11. Law should work, unions are a no go, been there first hand, teach you how to do nothing but walk on the job and get paid for work, I have no kudos for unions or lawless
    people no unions and no Cecil Rhodes scholarships! Go do your history see the truth!

  12. I've always been a Chevy guy, but it's time to go. I personally would rather see the Unions go, but they can't legally get rid of them.

  13. I have a VooDoo blue TRD Pro 4Runner and it is one badass vehicle
    Only complaint is toyota should start offering them with a third pedal and a 6Spd gear box

  14. Who the hell still drives GM cars? It’s a shitty car company. People who drive GM cars are a disgrace and should be embarrassed.

  15. I am going to buy Toyota now. I am Asian, we like Toyota, but last couple of car are Dodge Grand Caravan and Charger. I plan to buy GM car but after research , huge percentage of car are from Mexico or others.

  16. Come on folks wake the hell up….. The plant has been in Texas since 2003, this investment goes to further automate the plant so not as many people will be needed. Notice that they are not adding new vehicles, so what are they investing in? Coke machines? Restrooms?
    How about more robots that don’t go on strike, or need healthcare or retirement?

  17. Toyota leaving Cali is a great example of how hate-based and ineffective policies formulated by Democrats for purposes of political power ultimately harm their own constituents. The media largely covers this up.

  18. HATS OFF TO YOU MR. REYNODLS; SMART EXECUTIVES FOR TOYOTA THE REASON FOR THEIR SUCCESS. ASK DEMS TO GET BACK TO WORK (TO PASS USMCA), OR ELSE VOTERS SHOULD GET RID OF THEM IN 2020.

  19. Low cost of living, freedom, ability to improve your lot in life through hard work, no state income tax, right to work state. Of course Toyota opened the plant in San Antonio. People there realize a job that pays over $60 per hour (benefits included, but still) is not the kind of a job you strike against.

  20. Oh the problems of a wealthy country! Praise Jesus! I'd rather have more jobs than less people getting more pay GM workers asking for more money when there's people out there that need more jobs that pay that good money!

  21. Americans are supporting japans Economy  buying Foreign cars and turning its back on Americans…very sad….My Old ford had 300+ miles was an awesome truck ill only buy American trucks n cars.

  22. Toyota $400,000,000 USD investment in San Antonio is very less for rich Toyota?
    Toyota makes Camry, Altis, Prius, Lexus, and San Antonio is attractive to Toyota. Wow it's like Romeo San Antonio pulled the strings off Toyota🤔!

    Toyota awakes before GM damage? But Toyota has huge supplies in middle east? Toyota is a Japanese company and is the Dalai lama prince of Toyota the incarnated man playing inside middle east? The sunni and shia brothers supplying oil to Dalai lama auto toy's?🤔

    How did USA foreign policy ended in auto-oil corruption? The past USA foreign policies are a whole of action oriented martial artistic flyby's of 🍌🍒🥝🥑🍆🥔🥒🍄🥜🌰🧀🥗🍿🍢🍩🍧🍰🍯🍼🍻🥃🍶🥡🥧🥣🥪🥨 making fortune🥠

  23. *Trickle down economics.
    *GM bought stocks back!
    *Hired no new workers!
    *Layed off workers!
    * And now are spending money to go ROBOT controlled automation!

    Labor unions suck because they try to help out the average american worker gain a good living and keep their frking jobs.

  24. My husband and 2 of my kids work for Toyota… I'm glad they are expanding… You can top out pay in a few years making over 60 grand with no college education excellent health insurance and benis!! They take care of their workers

  25. People are sooo stupid. Im from San Antonio, TX. Family members that work at the plant. 391 million investment is "upgrade" the facility. No new jobs will be added. Robotics and automation is what will be upgraded. If anything people will lose jobs to automation.

  26. Toyota and Japan great american supporters. There are people on Japan waiving the american flag everyday. Many Americans have gone full fruitloop!

  27. My Toyota Tundra was built in San Antonio and is 75% American sourced parts.. a similar Chevy Silverado is 47% American sourced parts and is assembled in Mexico..

  28. Unions might have been needed before there were any labor and safety regulations but now they are a scam for sucking money from the members.

  29. Unions are likely the biggest problem in the big 3… started with good reasons long ago but now they just suck the profit right out of a company and give the workers zero reason to care about the quality of their work

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