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Southeast Toyota Breaks Ground in Commerce, Georgia

Southeast Toyota broke ground on its second Vehicle Processing Center on June 23, 1988. The Toyota Distribution Center of Commerce (TDCC) was appealing for its central location, convenient access to rail and roadways, and reasonable land costs, making it a smart decision to bolster the distribution of Toyotas in the northern region of SET’s five-state area.

At the groundbreaking, Mr. Yuki Togo, then President of Toyota Motor Sales, shared that SET’s Commerce facility was the first distribution center that would process North American-built Toyotas. Less than a year later, on March 20, 1989, the 17 associates working at Commerce processed the first Camrys assembled in North America. On July 12, 1989, Jim Moran and Pat Moran were joined by Toyota Motor Sales executives for the center’s official dedication. The Commerce facility was later renamed SET-IP, which is short for Southeast Toyota Inland Processing, emphasizing its strategic location in the center of Georgia.

A major expansion for the Commerce facility will kick off this year and include the construction of six buildings totaling 330,000 square feet of workspace, plus six rail spurs capable of accommodating 90 rail cars at one time. The current site includes 160,000 square feet on 300 acres.


Associate Sandra Allen, a QC Inspector, caught in a lighter moment during a break at TDCC in Commerce.

Associate Sandra Allen, a QC Inspector, caught in a lighter moment during a break at TDCC in Commerce.