Toyota is planning to add 400 jobs at an assembly plant in Indiana. The expansion plans will also include a $600 million upgrade to the Princeton plant, to build more SUVs. The plans to increase production at the facility is part of the Japanese automaker's five-year plan to invest 10 billion into US operations. The move to increase SUV production for domestic sales is in line with other manufacturers, as lower gas prices have increased the demand for larger vehicles. The Indiana investment will focus on producing the Highlander SUV.

Toyota announced that the company would add 400 new jobs at their production plant in Indiana and place an additional $600 million in investment on the plant.

Toyota intends to use the investment to modernize the plant to make it more competitive. The Indiana plant produces the Highlander SUV’s.

Toyota production plantThe upgrading of the facilities will begin in the fall of 2019 and is expected to produce 40,000 more Highlander SUV’s per year. In a statement last Tuesday, the Japanese automaker said, “This expansion project is part of Toyota’s localization strategy to build vehicles where they are sold,”

Toyota was earlier criticized by President Trump for their plans to build a new factory in Mexico, wherein the vehicles produced would be sold to the U.S.

In a tweet, Trump said:

Toyota for their part assured Trump that the production plant will not take any jobs from the United States. The company also said that they have invested millions of dollars on U.S. Toyota plants in 2016.

Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz announced that Toyota will invest an additional $10 Billion in their plants over a five-year period which will “Make existing plants much more competitive.” The announcement was made at the 2017 North American International Auto Show held last week in Detroit.

Trump met with the executives from the automobile industry on Tuesday. Before the meeting, he said that he wants new plants to be built in the U.S. for cars to be sold to the American market.

After the meeting, President Donald Trump tweeted: