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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff prepare before Tuesday night's COVID-19 briefing.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Businesses and city services for workers continued to adjust throughout the coronavirus crisis. As restrictions on the community changed to reflect current health conditions, businesses expanded hours, offered new retail services and looked for more employees.

On Friday, June 19, Bexar County began offering masks to businesses they could use to comply with County Judge Nelson Wolff's new executive order mandating businesses require customers to wear masks or a facial covering while in their establishments.

A worker uses a lift-assist device to install a dashboard at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas plant in San Antonio.
Jimmy Maas | KUT

Toyota has announced plans to phase out production of Tacoma pickup trucks at its South Side San Antonio assembly plant, according to a news release from the company. 

Aisin AW executives break ground with Gov. Abbott, Guadalupe County officials and Cibolo officials at the site of the $400 million automatic transmission plant.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Ground broke on Monday morning for a $400 million automatic transmission plant in Cibolo, Texas that will employee 900 workers by 2023. 

District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff  others stand with representatives from Navistar at a press conference.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Commercial truck and bus manufacturer Navistar, based in Lisle, Illinois, announced its plans to build a $250 million San Antonio plant and hire 600 workers.  

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Toyota is investing $391 million into its manufacturing plant on San Antonio’s South Side.

Toyota has announced a safety recall of some 807,000 Prius and Prius V cars in the U.S., saying that the company needs to fix a problem that could cause the vehicles to lose power and stall "in rare situations." The recall covers Prius vehicles from the 2010-2014 model years and Prius V cars from the 2012-2014 model years.

"While power steering and braking would remain operational," Toyota says, "a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash."

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio's Economic Development Department opened their database of active business incentive packages this week.

Residents can see which companies received nearly $100 million in grants, loans and tax abatements from the city. According to the database, the city created 20,536 jobs and required companies invest nearly $2.8 billion in property and other improvements.

Toyota already makes its popular Camry sedan in a massive plant in Georgetown, Ky., and the carmaker will spend more than a billion dollars there to update the way it builds the vehicle. The plant also recently added 700 jobs.

"Toyota's Camry is the best-selling car in America," NPR's Sonari Glinton reports, "and according to a survey by, the Camry is the most American-made car, meaning it's made in the U.S. and so are most of its parts."

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A new pickup truck comes off the line nearly once a minute at Toyota’s San Antonio factory.

The Japanese automaker set up in Texas more than a decade ago to be closer to truck-buyers—and to take advantage of cross-border trade.

“The fact that it’s close to the NAFTA corridor,” says Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas spokesman Mario Lozoya “ I’m not saying that’s the only reason why it’s here, but it’s a factor.”

Ryan E. Poppe

At a luncheon in Austin on Thursday, the head of Toyota-North America shared some of the company’s future plans, some of which include more jobs at the company’s San Antonio plant, which at this point cannot keep up with customer demand for light trucks.