Toyotetsu North America Supports Tornado Relief

Group photo of Toyotetsu staff and Crystal with large check.
Photo (Somerset): Jeremy Ballard, Takashi Hayashihara, Donnie Slagle, Stacy Burchett, Jeff Horn, Crystal Cox, Rodney Collins, Isao Tsuchiya, Greg Cowan, Greg Polston

Toyotetsu North America presents $10,000 donation

December 16, 2021; Somerset, KY — Toyotetsu North America, on behalf of its team members and staff, presented a $5,000 donation to the United Way of South-Central Kentucky from its plant in Somerset and a $5,000 donation to the United Way of the Ohio Valley from its plant in Owensboro to the United Way of Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.

“We are happy to help.  Kentucky has been the home to our Somerset plant for 25 years and our Owensboro plant for 20 years.  The people of Kentucky have made our company successful,” stated Donnie Slagle, Vice President of Administration for Toyotetsu North America.

Accepting the donation on behalf of United Way of Kentucky is Crystal Cox, Executive Director for United Way of South-Central Kentucky in Somerset. “Mr. Slagle is an asset to the board for our local United Way. While this isn’t a circumstance any of us wanted to see – especially this close to Christmas – we are available to help our fellow Kentuckians in any way we can. When Mr. Slagle reached out about donating, I was happy to connect him with the fund through United Way of Kentucky.”

Accepting the donation on behalf of United Way of the Ohio Valley is Paula Yevincy President/CEO of United Way of the Ohio Valley and Stephanie Bertram, Director of Resource Development.  “In a time of need to so many individuals and families we are thankful for the partnership of TTMA to just jump in and say; How can we help and they deliver! The families affected by the tornado are receiving so many donated items at this time, which is great and much needed; however, we want to continue to remember that they will need long-term recovery as they rebuild their livelihood. Needs will still need to be met. United Way of the Ohio Valley is blessed to have TTMA believe in our Mission and model that these funds will be distributed as needed for Tornado Relief Efforts in our communities.”

“United Way of Kentucky is humbled by the generosity of Toyotetsu, and we are grateful for their faith and trust in our United Way system here in Kentucky” stated Roberta Steutermann, Director of Development with United Way of Kentucky. “We are working diligently to address the immediate needs within our communities, while also focusing on the long-term recovery that will happen as we stand alongside our communities.  This is truly what it means to LIVE UNITED!”

If you would like to support the disaster relief and recovery efforts of the United Way of Kentucky, please visit

About United Way of Kentucky

Since 1984, United Way of Kentucky has been serving individuals, families, and communities by helping local United Way organizations across the Commonwealth improve the education, financial stability, and health of all Kentuckians.  It is currently supported by Kentucky’s 21 local United Ways which are building stronger, healthier, and safer communities for all Kentuckians.  United Way of Kentucky is a 501(c)(3) health and human service organization governed by a statewide volunteer board of directors.

About United Way of South-Central Kentucky

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. On a worldwide level, United Way is supported by 2.9 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide and $4.7 billion raised every year and is the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit. The United Way of South-Central Kentucky services ten counties and supports twenty-seven agencies, helping more than 71,000 individuals each year. For more information about United Way of South-Central Kentucky, please follow us on Facebook @UWSCKY.

About United Way of the Ohio Valley

United Way advances the Common Goof for ALL. By uniting communities to deliver solutions that improve the lives of individuals and families we can ensure that every person has access to quality education, financial stability, a health lifestyle and quality food. United Way of the Ohio Valley serves six counties and supports fifty-five programs. For more information please call our office at 270-684-0668, visit our website at, or please follow us on Facebook @UWOV.


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