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Toyota supplier hiring again for Miss. plant

MANTACHIE — Officials with Toyota Boshoku will resume hiring and installing equipment at its north Mississippi plant where it will manufacture seats and other interior materials for the 2012 Corolla.

The Corolla will be built at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi plant located near Blue Springs.The 404,000-square-foot TBMS facility is now complete, and the company has ordered much of the equipment needed to begin production.

Masaki Katsuragi, CEO of Toyota Boshoku America, says the company will start of production of seats, door panels and sun visors in the second half of 2011.

The announcement was made Friday at the site of the $46 million parts plant.

The facility is located off U.S. Highway 78 in Tishomingo County.

Katsuragi says the company expects to hire more than 60 workers by the end of year and 250 more by the production starts in the fall of 2011.

TBA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Boshoku Corporation, based in Kariya City, Japan. TBA and its affiliates employ approximately 6,000 team members in 20 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Argentina. The company is a premier manufacturer of automotive interior systems, which include seats, door trims, headliners and substrates, carpets, fabrics and straps, as well as air and oil filters for a variety of customers, including Toyota Motor Corporation and General Motors.

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