Governor Rick Perry on August 6 credited the strong relationship between Texas and Toyota for creating jobs for Texans and strengthening San Antonio's economy. The governor spoke at a ceremony celebrating the launch of the Toyota Tacoma, now being built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc. (TMMTX) in San Antonio. Also speaking at the ceremoney was Chris Nielsen, the president of TMMTX.

Toyota currently has $1.4 billion invested in its San Antonio plant, which employs more than 2,800 Texans, including 1,000 newly hired with the addition of the Tacoma line. Established in 2003, TMMTX already manufactures the Tundra full-size pickup.