Tuesday, 21 June 2022 11:15

Toyota Announces Leaders of New North Carolina Plant


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Toyota on June 21 announced the team that will launch its newest plant in North America, Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina (TBMNC).

The plant represents a $1.29 billion investment and will be the first to produce lithium-ion batteries for Toyota in North America.


Sean Suggs, president


Suggs will be responsible for all manufacturing and administration functions, reporting to Norm Bafunno, senior vice president, Unit Manufacturing and Engineering, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA).


Under Suggs' leadership, TBMNC will employ 1,750 and house four production lines capable of delivering enough lithium-ion batteries for 200,000 vehicles each year beginning in 2025. Suggs will also manage facility expansion to at least six production lines with the capacity to produce batteries for up to 1.2 million vehicles a year.


Suggs began his Toyota career in 1998 as a team leader at Toyota Indiana after proudly serving in the U.S. Army for eight years. He has held several subsequent roles including serving as president of Toyota's Mississippi plant and most recently as TMNA's group vice president and chief social innovation officer.


Don Stewart, vice president of manufacturing


Stewart will provide oversight for all areas of battery manufacturing including engineering, maintenance and production. In addition to his role as vice president, Stewart will serve as the plant operations lead.


Stewart joined Toyota in 1997 as a maintenance group leader at Toyota West Virginia and has since held several leadership roles. He most recently served as TMNA's vice president of production engineering, overseeing the powertrain division across Toyota's North American operations.


April Mason, general manager of plant services


Mason will provide oversight for production control, facilities and local business planning, as well as...

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