Bomb threat evacuates Toyota plant

Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing evacuated employees after a written bomb threat was found on a bathroom stall at the plant, 5555 Inwood Drive.

Columbus police walked through the plant with Toyota representatives after the evacuation at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, but nothing potentially harmful was found, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman. Employees at the plant, where 1,100 of them work, then returned inside after 25 minutes.

Toyota’s facility, located about six miles south of downtown Columbus, builds three- and four-wheel forklifts and other equipment. 

The bomb threat came a day after schools in Plainfield and Danville closed after threats. Franklin schools closed Friday after a third threat in a week was reported the previous day.

Steve Pride, Toyota senior manager for human resources, said the safety of the Toyota employees was the company’s top priority.

“We don’t take anything like that lightly,” Pride said of the bomb threat. “We value a safe environment for our work associates.”

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.