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Movers & Shakers: Toyota Investing $1.3B in Kentucky Plant, Kirks Joins Jostens Racing

By SEMA News Editors

Toyota Investing $1.3B in Kentucky Plant for EV Production

Toyota is investing $1.3 billion into its Kentucky manufacturing facility to support electric vehicle production, including the assembly of an all-new, three-row SUV for the U. S. market.

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The investment will also add a battery pack assembly line to the plant to support the previously announced electric vehicle assembly plans.

According to Toyota, the project brings the total investment to $10 billion at the flagship facility.

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Jostens Racing Appoints Mike Kirks as Director of Motorsports Business Development

Jostens Racing has named Mike Kirks as its new director of motorsports business development. 

Kirks, who previously served as the membership benefits manager at PRI, will be responsible for continuing the growth of the company's motorsports business by expanding outside of the major racing series. He will be based in Indianapolis.Bakari Howard

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Falken Tires' Parent Company Promotes Bakari Howard to Manager of Motorsports

Sumitomo Rubber North America (SRNA), the Rancho Cucamonga, California-based parent company of Falken Tires, has promoted Bakari Howard to manager of motorsports.

Bakari has been with SRNA for 15 years, holding several different positions from sales to product training. Bakari is also the host of Falken Digital TV’s "Tire Tech" episodes.

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