Toyota marks 5 millionth vehicle made at Indiana factory

FILE - In a Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, the logo of Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is displayed behind members of the media Toyota at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France. Toyota will test a new car-sharing system next year that lets users unlock doors and start cars with their smartphones. The Smart Key Box system eliminates the need for a physical key. Toyota will test the system in San Francisco with the Getaround car-sharing service starting in January 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) — Toyota has marked the production of its five millionth vehicle from its southwestern Indiana factory that opened 19 years ago.

Gov. Eric Holcomb joined company officials for a ceremony Wednesday celebrating the production milestone at the Princeton assembly plant.

The factory about 25 miles north of Evansville has about 5,000 workers building Highlander and Sequoia SUVs and Sienna minivans. The Evansville Courier & Press reports Toyota estimates its presence has led to about 27,000 jobs among supplier companies.

Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana director Greg Wathen says Toyota has changed the region’s economic feel by creating opportunities for suppliers nearby in Indiana and Illinois.

Toyota announced in January a $600 million investment at the factory to boost Highlander production, possibly adding 400 jobs by late 2019.