SAN ANTONIO -

A decade ago, the site of the Toyota Texas plant was just a 2,000-acre parcel of ranch land in South Bexar County, Toyota Texas President Chris Nielsen noted Thursday.

He was speaking during a ceremony marking the 10th-anniversary of the San Antonio truck manufacturing plant’s location here.

Now, he said, “We have become one of the most efficient economic generators in South Texas.”

Politicians on hand for the ceremony said that Toyota Texas has been an outstanding corporate citizen.

“This is an example of collaboration between the public and private sector working together to do great things for our economy,” said Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

As part of the celebration, Toyota executives gave away 10 new trucks to area school districts and other nonprofit organizations.

The gesture caught Northside Independent School District Superintendent Brian Woods by surprise.

“It was a really neat experience and a wonderful surprise,” Woods said afterward. “Toyota is an outstanding partner to school districts across Bexar County.

Toyota Texas employs 5,700 workers and last month produced its 1 millionth truck at the plant.

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