SAN ANTONIO - It represents a $2.2 billion investment for San Antonio; nearly 3,000 people feed their families with the money they earn there. We're talking about the Toyota Texas Manufacturing plant.

On Thursday, the auto-maker celebrated its 10-year anniversary here in San Antonio. Employees have built more than one million trucks there and many are grateful for the opportunity.

The south-side Toyota plant has created thousands of jobs in its first decade of existence. Some of those locals who started with the plant are now supervisors, some are even managers.

I started here eight years ago, Bruno Garcia said.

Garcia story is a perfect example of the many doors the Toyota plant has opened for San Antonio natives.

Since that time, I've been a production team leader, a group leader, an assistant manager and now I'm manger of human resources, Garcia explained.

Exactly 10 years ago -- to the date -- those who seized the opportunity gathered near the plant's assembly lines to embark on the journey together.

On Thursday, those same employees revealed the one millionth truck built at the San Antonio plant.

President Chris Nielsen said the slogan 'Born in Texas, built by Texans' is a statement Toyota Texas is proud of.

(It's) the pride our team members have in building our trucks and the pride we have in our team members, Nielsen said.

Workers also take pride in being the only plant in the world to manage the complexity of building both a full-sized truck and a compact truck on the same line.

In July 2013, the Toyota employees in San Antonio began production of their first model change: the 2014 Toyota Tundra.

Quite a milestone ... really sums up the accomplishments of our team members, Garcia said.

Garcia said the last decade has flown by. As a new manager, he hopes to guide others who will someday walk through the same door he once did.

It's really great to be able to have a fantastic employment opportunity. And of course, not leave our hometown, Garcia said.

On Thursday, Toyota Texas donated 10 trucks to the community for 'a decade of support, trust and friendship.'

The following organizations received a Texas-built Toyota Tundra or Tacoma:

Christian Senior Services Meals on Wheels
Floresville Independent School District
Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio
Northside Independent School District
San Antonio College, Challenger Center
San Antonio Fire Department
San Antonio River Foundation
Somerset Independent School District
Southwest Independent School District
South San Antonio Independent School District

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