Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) celebrated the start of production of the all-new 2014 Highlander yesterday.

TMMI said team members and local citizens have much to celebrate as the popular midsize SUV is responsible for $430 million additional investment and more than 600 jobs at the Princeton automotive plant.

“Automotive manufacturers and suppliers around Indiana are putting their expansion plans into gear, creating jobs and more opportunities in every corner of the state,” said Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann. “With Toyota’s launch of production for the new Highlander right here in the Hoosier State, we are witnessing an economy driving forward. From our world-class workforce to our low cost of doing business, Indiana proves daily that it is a state that works for automotive manufacturing.”

The Princeton plant started building a gas version of the Highlander and will begin producing the hybrid version early next year.

Highlanders built in Indiana will also find new homes with drivers in the Russian and Australian regions as TMMI expands its export reach.

Toyota explained Highlander export business allows for better utilization of the Indiana plant, and helps capitalize on the improving North American and global auto market.