CMs Can See & Learn from the "Toyota Way"

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In past years, BCMC sessions have discussed the “Toyota way.” Now you can see it first hand by visiting the Toyota Plant at BCMC 2013 in San Antonio.

You will hear and see just what goes into the manufacturing of the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma as they roll off the line each day. Their friendly tour guides will take you through 2.2 million square feet of the Toyota facility.

First you will be taken into the Body Weld Shop. Here you will watch a team of computer-controlled robots use state-of-the-art technology to weld stamp steel pieces together. Next, you will move into the Plastics Shop. This is where critical components, including the vehicle bumpers and instrument panels, are made. Following, you will see overhead conveyors transport the trucks from Paint to the Final Line in assembly. Throughout the tour, your guide will point out the foundations of the world-renowned Toyota Productions System, as well as give you insight to the line side processes of the TMMTX team members.

The tour will depart the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 10. The bus will return to the convention center at approximately 3:45 pm. The tour is only able to accommodate 40 component manufacturers. Sign up early as space is on a first come, first serve basis. You can sign up online when you register for BCMC at

If you have already registered for BCMC and want to attend the tour, call staff at 608-274-4849 or email An updated BCMC registration form with the Toyota tour can also be downloaded by clicking the pdf link below. Visitors must present a valid photo ID before starting the tour. Camera phones, cameras, handbags, book bags, briefcases, purses, and backpacks are not allowed on the tour.

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