Toyota Motor Corp. is running overtime at all its North American plants to keep up with demand and replenish low supplies of vehicles.
Responding to strong sales of its RAV4 small crossover, Toyota is hiring a second shift of workers for its Woodstock, Ontario, plant.
"This is a vote of confidence that the market is recovering," Ray Tanguay, executive vice president in charge of Toyota's North American manufacturing and engineering group, said in a phone interview. Despite a soft market, RAV4 sales are up 3 percent through November.
Toyota also is hiring workers for a second shift at its San Antonio factory, which will take over production of the mid-sized Tacoma pickup in July. Toyota is moving the Tacoma to Texas from New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. in Fremont, Calif., which the automaker is closing.