Jodi Lonneman
Senior Engineer
Toyota 
 
“I am passionate about manufacturing because it is where ideas and dreams are transformed into reality. Not only is manufacturing where finished products are built, but it is an environment that fosters creativity and problem solving through constant process improvement.” 




Jodi has played a key role in developing long-term plans for Toyota’s North American stamping operations, where she successfully planned and negotiated two new press installation projects totaling $74 million in capital investment. Through her detailed analysis and planning, these projects will result in nearly $15 million in annual logistics savings. In addition to new equipment installation projects, Jodi has developed strategies for new model die introductions at multiple manufacturing facilities. She also played a critical role in the planning and execution of die procurement for the first aluminum fender to be manufactured by Toyota in North America.

During the introduction of Toyota’s New Global Architecture, Jodi showed tremendous leadership in defining quality requirements, identifying critical steps in the process map, performing process failure mode effects analysis, and the quality control plans used to sustain quality in mass production. Her work was considered an engineering benchmark. Jodi shows her passion for engineering in many ways including actively recruiting. She has been an ambassador at multiple college fairs including at the University of Louisville where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management. Jodi is also active in the Society of Women Engineers conferences where she encourages college students to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Through her work in the Stamping Production Engineering Diversity Development Committee, Jodi has coordinated volunteer efforts at God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington, KY. She gives not only her time to volunteer, but has recruited dozens of other volunteers as well. Jodi is active in the Kid’s Café Program, which provides free meals and snacks to low-income children and offers a safe place for children to get involved with educational and social activities. Last but not least, Jodi judges end of year STEM projects at Elkhorn Crossing School in Georgetown, KY. She takes pride in knowing she’s making a difference and inspiring young people to think critically.  

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