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North Mississippi's Sherman gains Toyota logistics provider, 100 jobs

The tiny community of Sherman, Miss., Pontotoc County has landed a large supply chain operator that will provide warehousing and storage services to Toyota and its supply base, as well as a full-service truck maintenance operation.

The community of fewer than 650 residents will gain 100 new jobs over the three years from a KC Integrated Services logistics service center. The Carleton, Mich., supplier says it will invest $5.1 million in converting a 115,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by EPI Plastics.

KC Integrated Services’ Sherman facility will service Toyota and Toyota’s Tier I suppliers, providing Just-In-Time delivery services to support Toyota’s production control system at its automotive manufacturing plant in Blue Springs.

Ken Calender, CEO of KC Integrated Services, indicated the Sherman facility is likely to mark the start of an even larger operation. “We think there will be great growth potential within the Blue Springs area,” he said.

Paul Pavelich, the company’s VP of Business Development, said in a later interview the growth will come as Toyota ramps up production in Blue Springs and supply needs increase. “We just think the facility going to start out with limited production. We’re anticipating increases through the years. We think there will be more suppliers needing services in that area.

“We’ve got a lot to offer in difference arenas.”

The Mississippi Development Authority provided loan assistance to Pontotoc County for the acquisition of the facility in which KC Integrated Services will be located, as well as assistance for public infrastructure improvements. Pontotoc County provided funding for public infrastructure improvements, as well.

“KC Integrated Services’ decision to locate in Pontotoc County is great news for the county and is further proof that communities throughout north Mississippi are benefiting from business growth opportunities associated with Toyota’s Blue Springs plant,” said MDA Executive Director Leland Speed.

KC Integrated has been in business since 1986 and has grown into a full service supply chain solutions provider for North America and beyond. The company is one of the largest certified minority-owned logistics providers in North America and offers a e range of logistics services, including transportation management, truckload services, finished vehicle transportation, equipment leasing and maintenance and IT solutions.

Tiny Sherman, Miss., in Pontotoc County has landed a large supply chain operator that will provide warehousing and storage services to Toyota and its supply base, as well as a full-service truck maintenance operation.

The northern Mississippi community of fewer than 650 residents will gain 100 new jobs over the next three years from a KC Integrated Services logistics service center. The Carleton, Mich., supplier says it will invest $5.1 million in setting up shop in a 115,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by EPI Plastics.

KC Integrated Services’ Sherman facility will service Toyota and Toyota’s Tier I suppliers, providing Just-In-Time delivery services to support Toyota’s production control system at its automotive manufacturing plant in Blue Springs.

Ken Calender, CEO of KC Integrated Services, indicated the Sherman facility could be the start of an even larger operation. “We think there will be great growth potential within the Blue Springs area,” he said.

The Mississippi Development Authority provided loan assistance to Pontotoc County for the acquisition of the facility in which KC Integrated Services will be located, as well as assistance for public infrastructure improvements. Pontotoc County provided funding for public infrastructure improvements, as well.

“KC Integrated Services’ decision to locate in Pontotoc County is great news for the county and is further proof that communities throughout north Mississippi are benefiting from business growth opportunities associated with Toyota’s Blue Springs plant,” said MDA Executive Director Leland Speed.

Since opening in 1986, KC Integrated has grown into a full service supply chain solutions provider for North America and beyond. The company is one of the largest certified minority-owned logistics providers in North America and offers a range of logistics services, including transportation management, truckload services, finished vehicle transportation, equipment leasing and maintenance and IT solutions.

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