Topic: The Role of Industrial Engineering in Toyota Motors

Date: Tuesday, April 9th

Time: 6-8pm

Location: MacCarthy Suite, Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick

Cost: No Charge


  • 6pm Registration - Tea/Coffee & Networking Opportunity
  • 6.15pm - Cheryl Jones & Dave Parsley, Toyota Motors/University of Kentucky - The Role of Industrial Engineering in Toyota Motors
  • 7.15pm - Q & A
  • 8pm - Close

We hope that you can join Cheryl & Dave for this presentation and Q&A / Networking Opportunity on Tuesday, April 9th

Please contact Gráinne at or 061-423622 to reserve your place at this free event.


Cheryl G. Jones has experience in various aspects of manufacturing and administration within Toyota as Vice President of Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing of America (retired 2009). She is a proven leader, team coordinator and facilitator of change.

Cheryl was a member of the startup management team for Toyota’s first North American manufacturing facility in Georgetown Kentucky. She began her career as an assembly manufacturing supervisor eventually achieving Vice President of Manufacturing during her 22 years with the company. In 1990 she was chosen to lead the first Camry new model changeover team receiving extensive training in manufacturing model change at the design headquarters of Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. In 1993 she was chosen to lead the assembly plant expansion project allowing Toyota to double their manufacturing capacity to 500,000 units per year.

Cheryl had the opportunity to supervise in various divisions within manufacturing during her 22 year career at Toyota. She has extensive knowledge of final vehicle assembly, including parts delivery from supplier to vehicle assembly, robotic painting processes using solvent borne and waterborne paints and the Toyota Production System.

She also served as Vice President of power train, production control, building facilities, diversity advisor, senior advisor to the Women’s Leadership Network organization and operations development group.

In 2005 Cheryl received international experience working as Toyota’s Senior Advisor at their truck manufacturing facility in Baja Mexico. Her responsibilities included all aspects of manufacturing and administration in the role of mother plant support and training to guarantee the successful launch of Toyota’s only Mexico manufacturing plant.

Upon her return from Mexico her responsibilities were expanded to include production control, power train, administration, and cost management at Toyota’s largest North American manufacturing facility, TMMK, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky. She was also assigned as the regional team leader for all six Toyota North American assembly plants self-reliance initiative.

Cheryl’s awards and accomplishments include 2005 Automotive News Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry. She has been a lecturer at Ohio State and Harvard University on topics of the Toyota Production System. She had lead Toyota North American Women’s Leadership initiatives such as the Women’s Leadership Exchange Network as a senior advisor, and In the Interest of Women.

She has a broad understanding of Toyota global production strategies to improve market competitiveness within each region from the Global Production Summits held in Japan. Initiatives were also implemented for standardization of global engine production to decrease cost and increase flexibility at the Power train Global Production Summits. During her career she has supported various community organizations such as the United Way of the Bluegrass and served on the executive committee for Bluegrass Tomorrow regional economic planning in Lexington Kentucky. She had the honor to serve as an advisory board member for Midway College to expand post-secondary education opportunities for career working individuals.

Cheryl is beginning her second career focusing on teaching manufacturing and systems implementation utilizing her extensive Toyota Production experience and knowledge.

She is currently working with the University of Kentucky Lean Systems Program.


David Parsley is an Industry Extension Specialist with the Lean Systems Group at the University of Kentucky.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

He gained industry experience as a student while working on his Bachelor’s degree in the areas of product design and quality control of home appliances.  Before returning to the University of Kentucky to complete his Lean Systems Certification and Masters Degree he worked in the mining/materials equipment manufacturing industry assisting in the transformation to a lean system.

He has served as an instructor for the Lean Systems Program since 2008 and has been instrumental in the development of both lab activities and course materials.

David began working on his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in January 2009. His research area is Sustainable Systems.




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