The Toyota Production Lab at RIT traces its roots back to 2001 when an assembly line was first installed in a temporary facility. This setup was mainly used to introduce the concepts of production line behavior and to host intensive summer programs (practicum) to Latin American universities. Over the years, and in response to student feedback, this facility was progressively expanded and further integrated throughout the Industrial Engineering curriculum.
An important endorsement came in 2006 when Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America provided funds to name and support the lab, and work with RIT to continue to improve the lab. The relationship between RIT and Toyota dates back almost a decade, and has grown to include RIT faculty and staff visits to Toyota plants (Georgetown, Kentucky (TMMK) and Evansville, Indiana (TMMI), RIT faculty and staff training at Toyota, and Toyota staff visits to RIT to review and support lab development. Today, RIT is considered one of the top suppliers of engineers to Toyota.