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Toyota's South Side plant stops production to reduce water, energy use

mySA logo mySA 2/17/2021 By Madalyn Mendoza
a circuit board: Employees work on the assembly lines at Toyota's manufacturing plant in San Antonio. SAISD officials plan to develop a manufacturing and engineering-focused Pathways in Technology, or P-Tech, early college school at Highlands High School on the Southeast Side. The program will open for students in fall 2021, and take four to five years to complete. Program organizers are talking with Toyota and other manufacturers about participating in P-Tech. (Toyota Texas/TNS) © Provided by mySA

Employees work on the assembly lines at Toyota's manufacturing plant in San Antonio. SAISD officials plan to develop a manufacturing and engineering-focused Pathways in Technology, or P-Tech, early college school at Highlands High School on the Southeast Side. The program will open for students in fall 2021, and take four to five years to complete. Program organizers are talking with Toyota and other manufacturers about participating in P-Tech. (Toyota Texas/TNS)

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas (TMMTX) will remain closed for production through Thursday to reduce water, energy use as San Antonio grapples with conserving essential resources during historic winter weather event.

The South Side plant, which produces the Tacoma and Tundra trucks, said Wednesday that the decision to pause production was made "for the safety of our employees and to minimize further stress on the city's infrastructure."

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TMMTX President Kevin Voelkel said production will remain suspended due to challenges presented by the weather. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 228,000 CPS customers were affected by power outages. SAWS is also expected to issue a boil water notice for San Antonio out of an abundance of caution.

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"We will continue to monitor conditions daily," Voelkel said. "We want to do our part to support the greater needs of the community by reducing our energy and water usage.”

The state's power grid will be tested once more Wednesday into Thursday evening as freezing rain and snow.

TMMTX employees can call the plant status line for updates.

Madalyn Mendoza covers news and puro pop culture for MySA.com | mmendoza@mysa.com | @maddyskye

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