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July 23, Susan Elkington, President/CEO, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

Posted on Jul 21, 2020

LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington will held its weekly meeting virtually via Zoom, Thursday, July 23rd. The program’s guest speaker was Susan Elkington.

Susan Elkington President TMMK, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020 in Georgetown, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan Mahan Multimedia

It’s rare that our weekly presentation comes from the manufacturing sector and rarer still when that sector is presented by a woman.  We’re pleased to have as our speaker this week Susan Elkington, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) since 2018.  As TMMK president, Elkington oversees an $8 billion operation that employs about 10,000 people and in a year can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 engines. TMMK is Toyota’s largest production facility globally, producing the Camry, Avalon, Lexus ES 350 (including hybrid versions of all three), and RAV4 Hybrid; plus, four-cylinder and V6 engines, in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Elkington joined TMMK in January 2017 as senior vice president, overseeing the plant’s manufacturing and administrative functions. Prior to this role, she served as general manager, Production Control Division at Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) global headquarters in Toyota City, Japan, supporting Toyota’s 53 manufacturing plants worldwide.

Elkington began her career with Toyota in 1998 in Princeton, Indiana, as an assembly engineering specialist. By 2013, she held the position of manufacturing vice president at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. (TMMI).

She serves on the board of the Prichard Committee and is a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board member and a member of the executive committee, a STEP Ahead Honoree (2014), an ATHENA of Southwest Indiana Award Finalist (2013), and a member of the board of trustees of the University of Evansville.

Elkington earned her mechanical engineering degree from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.


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For additional information, or to attend this meeting, please contact Peggy Trafton at 

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