Toyota Beavers (1)
Αυτό σίγουρα είναι με διαφορά το πιο διαφορετικό και χαριτωμένο δελτίο τύπου που έχει δημοσιεύσει ποτέ αυτοκινητοβιομηχανία. Τι μας λέει θα αναρωτιέσαι; Πως κάστορες κατάφεραν και νίκησαν την Toyota στο εργοστάσιο της στο Μισσισιπί. Σύμφωνα με το δελτίο τύπου, η ιστορία έχει ως εξής:

Μερικές φορές είναι καλύτερο να αφήνουμε την φύση να ακολουθεί την πορεία της. Αυτό έμαθε ο ειδικός περιβαλλοντολόγος του εργοστασίου Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Sean McCarthy και η ομάδα του, όταν προσπάθησαν να διώξουν μερικά πολυμήχανα τρωκτικά, από την SimCity που δημιούργησαν.

Toyota Beavers (4)

Κατά την κατασκευή του εργοστασίου, η Toyota δημιούργησε δύο λίμνες κατακράτησης. Οι λίμνες σχεδιάστηκαν για να συγκρατούν τα όμβρια ύδατα, επιτρέποντας διάφορα στερεά υλικά να αποβάλλονται από αυτή μέσα από μια πύλη 3,35 μέτρων.

Αυτό γινόταν κανονικά, μέχρι ότου μερικοί κάστορες κατασκευάσουν στην έξοδο φράγματα. Τα τρωκτικά, τοποθετούσαν δέντρα, κλαδιά και λάσπη, δημιουργώντας έναν τοίχο σαν μπετόν, σημειώνει ο McCarthy που συνεχίζει λέγοντας πως αυτός και η ομάδα του, μια με δύο φορές την εβδομάδα κατέστρεφαν τα φράγματα που δημιουργούσαν τα τρωκτικά, αλλά αυτά, μέσα σε μια εβδομάδα κατασκεύασαν νέο φράγμα.

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Η ομάδα μαχόταν με τα τρωκτικά για έξι μήνες, όταν αποφάσισε πως δεν μπορεί να τα νικήσει. Έτσι το νερό έγινε στάσιμο. Ακόμη και τον Ιούλιο και τον Αύγουστο, υπάρχει 30-60 εκατοστά νερού, με την προκύπτουσα λίμνη να φέρνει και νέα πλάσματα. Πάπιες, ψάρια και άλλα είδη, πλέον αποκαλούν τη λίμνη σπίτι τους.

Η λίμνη έδωσε στο εργοστάσιο το πιστοποιητικό Wildlife – Άγριας Ζωής του Wildlife Habitat Council, και ανακηρύχθηκε και φιναλίστ για το βραβείο Rookie of the Year. Αφήνοντας τους κάστορες να κάνουν φράγματα, δημιουργήθηκε αυτό το περιβάλλον.Έχουμε δει χήνες, γερανούς, ερωδιούς και ψάρια λέει ο McCarthy.

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Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις, η Toyota ανακοίνωσε πως θα επενδύσει 126 εκατ. δολάρια για να επεκτείνει το κέντρο έρευνας και ανάπτυξης που διαθέτει στη πόλη Ann Arbor του Michigan, με την κίνηση αυτή να προσθέσει περίπου 85 νέες θέσεις εργασίας στο κέντρο.

Δελτίο Τύπου

Leave It to Beaver

December 18, 2014

Sometimes it’s best to let nature take its course.

That’s what Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi environmental specialist Sean McCarthy learned when he and other team members tried to stifle the SimCity tendencies of some resourceful rodents.

During construction of the plant, two retention ponds were established. The ponds are designed to capture and hold storm water runoff, allowing any suspended solids to settle. Water discharge from the pond is regulated with an 11-foot sluice gate and seven-foot concrete wall just beyond the gate. When the gate is raised, the water flows out through three slots in the wall.

Except when beavers dam it.

“They packed the flow slots with trees and mud. It was almost like concrete,” says McCarthy. “We’d be down there once or twice a week and they’d be right back the next week.”

After battling the beavers for six months, the team packed it in by the fall of 2012. And the water stayed.

“It never empties,” McCarthy says. “Even in July and August there’s one to two feet of water. But there isn’t a risk of flooding since water still discharges when it reaches the top of the wall.”

The resulting lake brought other critters. Ducks, as well as fish and other species, now call it home.

It also helped the plant achieve certification as a Wildlife at Work program by the Wildlife Habitat Council and be named a finalist for its Rookie of the Year award this year.

“We’ve seen geese, crane, heron and fish,” says McCarthy. “Letting the beavers do their thing created this habitat.”

To discover more about Toyota’s biodiversity efforts, flock to its 2014 North American Environmental Report.

More Toyota in the Motor City

Toyota Technical Center to consolidate development operations

December 18, 2014 Ann Arbor, Mich. (Dec. 18, 2014) – Toyota announced today that it is planning another expansion of its Southeast Michigan R&D campuses. This marks the third time in just over a year that Toyota has announced plans to increase employment and investment in Michigan. Today’s announcement features a total investment of $126 million for the expansion of Toyota’s powertrain operations at its Ann Arbor campus and the consolidation of vehicle development operations at a new facility on its York Township campus.

Both vehicle development and powertrain functions will become centralized in Michigan, increasing their scope, responsibility and decision-making ability while providing improved communication and access to the company’s direct procurement division. Approximately 85 jobs will relocate to Michigan from California by the end of 2016 as a part of the move.

In late 2013, Toyota announced a $28 million expansion of its Ann Arbor operations and earlier this year announced the addition of 250 direct procurement and supplier engineering development positions currently based in Erlanger, Ky.

“The Technical Center continues to be a vital part of our growing North American operations that enables Toyota to package greater value for our customers,” said Ed Mantey, senior vice president at the Toyota Technical Center. “Centralizing our vehicle development and powertrain functions here in Michigan is beneficial for our decision-making process and allows us to better respond to changes in the marketplace while improving the speed at which we can offer technology advances to customers.”

“Toyota’s expansion in the Ann Arbor region is a clear indicator that we offer the perfect infrastructure, talented workforce and support for a growing business,” said Paul Krutko President and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK. “Toyota could locate its North American powertrain operations anywhere but chose Ann Arbor; the company’s investment and the jobs it will create are a continuing win for our economy.”

In April 2014, Toyota announced that it would establish new headquarters in North Dallas (Plano), Texas for its North American operations as part of a series of moves designed to better serve customers and position the company for sustainable, long-term growth. This strategy includes establishing a new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas; expanding the Toyota Technical Center facilities in Southeast Michigan to accommodate increased investment in its engineering and product development capabilities; and opening a production engineering facility at Toyota’s largest U.S. manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky. The new facilities are expected to be completed by 2017.

Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 40,000 people (more than 32,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks (more than 2.2 million in the U.S.) in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.