THE Toyota plant at Burnaston was officially opened in June 1993.
A ceremony was held exactly three years to the day since the Japanese car company started to build its £700 million European car assembly plant.
In the same week His Royal Highness Prince Charles officially gave the car plant a Royal seal of approval, workers celebrated as the 10,000th Carina model rolled off the assembly line – less than six months after the factory starting building cars.
The official ground-breaking ceremony for the factory took place on June 4, 1990 with the first car coming off the production line in December 1992.
There were hopes that by 1995, the Burnaston plant would be producing 200,000 cars a year.
By the time the 580-acre site was opened by Prince Charles in 1993, the factory was already employing 1,250 people at Burnaston with a further 100 at the engine plant in Deeside.
The ceremony on Friday, June 4, 1993 marked the start of a few busy days for workers as the following week, the factory planned to welcome more than 6,000 members of employees' families to tour the facilities.
And then the factory planned to open again to welcome more than 3,500 villagers from Findern, Hilton, Egginton, Etwall, Burnaston and Willington.