On June 23, nine state Youth of the Year (YOY) winners in the pacific region visited the Toyota Financial Services (TFS) Torrance, CA Headquarters to get the true Toyota experience. The morning began at the University of Toyota where students participated in the Toyota Production System Simulation (TPS) car assembly activity. After the exercise the students clearly understood the advantages of TPS and how they can utilize this methodology in their own lives. Paola Bustamante, Arizona State YOY, had this to say about her experience, “The TPS simulation was something that helped me put things into perspective. I especially identified with the idea that one should not waste time, because time has value.”
Following a healthy lunch from TFS’ HQ Southside Café, the students toured the Toyota Automotive Museum, examining the collection made up of special models and concept vehicles, manufactured over the years that Toyota has been in business.