AEP and Toyota: The Power of Partnerships
About ten years ago, Toyota invested $400 million and created 300 jobs to build an engine and transmission manufacturing plant in Buffalo, West Virginia.
Today, the plant has expanded on eight separate occasions employing 1,400 more people, with an investment of $1.4 billion. They became the first powertrain plant outside of Japan to produce 10 million units.
“AEP is a long-term partner for us. They were here with us at the beginning, they’ve been with us at each expansion and they’re with us in the community,” said Shawn Daly, a general manager for Toyota Bodine Aluminum in Tennessee who previously spent 13 years as manufacturing general manager in West Virginia.
With AEP’s help, Toyota has reduced energy costs by over 22 percent in the last 10 years, resulting in company savings of half a billion dollars.
“We are an industry leader in energy efficiency. We won the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner award 10 years in a row and we’ve been recognized as the most energy efficient power train plant in our industry,” said Daly.
Millie Marshall, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing in West Virginia, believes the two companies’ aligned missions emphasizing safety, quality and environmental impact are what make the partnership successful.
AEP and Toyota West Virginia have a shared interest in community, having worked together on Special Olympics West Virginia, as well as on preservation and environmental education projects that created the property today known as the Wetlands of Winfield.
“Throughout the years, AEP has consistently provided Toyota with reliable energy for the production of our powertrain products here in West Virginia,” said Marshall. “It is rewarding to work with service providers who are ready and willing to support us at any time.”