The small Bible Belt town of Georgetown, Kentucky, knows how to help when one of its own is in trouble.

As local employer Toyota Motor Corp struggles with a vehicle safety crisis, residents  are closing ranks and turning to prayer.


They are our great corporate citizen. We’ve got to pray for Toyota,” State Representative Charlie Hoffman told community leaders at a breakfast on the outskirts of town and near the automaker’s flagship U.S. plant in rolling Kentucky horse country.

The Georgetown plant has been key to Toyota’s growth over the past two decades and builds the Camry, Toyota’s perennial top-seller and a vehicle that dominates the mid-sedan market.

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(PHOTO: A delivery truck enters gate three at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant, home of the Toyota Camry, Avalon and Venza, in Georgetown, Kentucky, January 27, 2010. REUTERS/ John Sommers II)