Employees of Toyota Tsusho American, located in the Blount County Industrial Park, recently made a $2,500 donation to the Blount County Chamber Foundation for its program partner diversity. Toyota Tsusho America (TAI) has approximately 50 offices in the United States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho Corporation, which was founded as a trading and supply-chain specialist of the Toyota Group. TAI has been operating in North America since 1961. Over the past four decades, it has evolved from a trader in a limited number of commodities and finished goods to a multi-business enterprise.
Each year, the CEO, COO and TAI Board evaluates each office based on the following criteria: new business development, internal controls and risk management, asset management and internal culture with specific measurements for each of the categories. Located in Blount County since 1989, the Maryville Logistics and Manufacturing Support Division were designated as the 2010 winner. Not only are the employees recognized with an event and an award, but also a charitable donation amount to a community organization is a component of the award. An internal (TAI) committee selected the Blount Chamber Foundation and Blount Family Promise to each receive a $2,500 donation. This facility also completed installation of a solar energy generation project as of February 2011. This supports the TAI philosophy to impact the community through involvement and commitment to the environment.