Japan Prime Minister to visit Toyota site

April 12, 2024

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — The Piedmont Triad will treat Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio to some southern hospitality during his Friday morning visit to the two major facilities owned by Japanese companies.

The HondaJet world headquarters, which the company revealed would be coming to Greensboro in 2007, handles development, production, customer services and sales for HondaJet. The company has had multiple expansion projects over the years, including the opening of a new production facility wing in 2021.  

The Toyota battery manufacturing megasite, announced for Liberty in 2021, will make lithium-ion batteries for Toyota’s hybrid-electric vehicles and batteries for Toyota’s line of fully electric vehicles. The 1,800-acre site will create thousands of jobs with $13.9 billion invested in the project.

Kevin Franklin, president of the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation, said this visit is historic for Randolph County.

“These things just don’t happen every day here in our community,” Franklin said. “And so to have him in our community visiting the site and recognizing the impact that Toyota’s having in our community is fantastic.”

Source: Fox 8