Posts Tagged ‘Automotive’

Executive: Parts suppliers struggling to meet new-car demand

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The rising demand for new cars is creating a problem for parts suppliers — and that, in turn, could hurt the growth of car plants in Mississippi, a trade association official says. Many suppliers already are running near full capacity, J. Scot Sharland, executive director of the Detroit-based Automotive Industry Action Group, […] [...]

Toyota giving away 100 cars over a 50 day span

by Lisa Monti Published: October 11,2013

Tags: Automotive, Business, Mississippi, Toyota

Toyota is giving 100 cars over 50 days to nonprofit organizations that need a new vehicle. Three Mississippi organizations are in the running. They are the Autism Center of North Mississippi in Tupelo, Gulf Coast Women’s Center in Biloxi and YAC in Oxford Each day for 50 days, online voters will choose which of five […] [...]

Manufacturing takes spotlight during Southern Automotive Conference

by Lisa Monti Published: October 11,2013

Tags: Automotive, Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi

“Happy Manufacturing Day to you,” Melanie Stover of The Manufacturing Institute greeted participants on the closing day of the 2013 Southern Automotive Conference at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. “It’s my favorite holiday.” Stover and her fellow conference participants laughed at the line but couldn’t be more serious about the importance of manufacturing and its economic […] [...]

Upbeat message given — Southern Automotive Conference hosted professionals from across the country

by Lisa Monti Published: October 11,2013

Tags: Automotive, Business, Mississippi, Nissan, Toyota

The annual Southern Automotive Conference in Biloxi began sessions with an upbeat economic presentation and wound down with the Mississippi blues. In between, participants heard about workforce. Peter Ricchiuti, founder and director of the Burkenroad Reports at Tulane University, opened the two-day meeting at Beau Rivage last week by telling his audience, “Don’t take any […] [...]

High-tech jobs come along with new Tunica plant

by Lisa Monti Published: October 4,2013

Tags: Automotive, Business, Germany, Mississippi, Tunica

By Lisa Monti The German automotive components company that broke ground last week in Tunica County will create about 300 advanced manufacturing jobs similar to the ones in another German plant that recently opened in the county. Feuer Powertrain GmbH will invest $140 million in its Tunica facility, which will manufacture crankshafts for the automotive […] [...]

Toyota to begin exporting Corollas to Latin America, Caribbean

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota says it will begin sending U.S.-built Corolla sedans to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean starting next year. The world’s biggest car maker said today that production of the U.S.-built vehicles is set to start at its Blue Springs plant near Tupelo in April 2014. Toyota Motors Corp. expects […] [...]

Mississippi to host Southern Automotive Conference

by Lisa Monti Published: September 20,2013

Tags: Automotive, Business, economic development, Gulf Coast, Mississippi

Mississippi economic development leaders tout the state’s location as “the heart of the Southern Automotive Corridor.” Next month the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association will host the annual Southern Automotive Conference and organizers expect a packed house at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. The joint conference Oct. 2-4 with the Alabama and Tennessee auto manufacturers will carry […] [...]

Will the GreenTech project survive investigation, challenges?

TUNICA — It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles. GreenTech Automotive Inc. announced in 2009 production would […] [...]

Virginia GOP attacks former GreenTech chairman in heated governors race

TUNICA — New developments in a federal investigation of a program that offers U.S. visas to foreign investors have Virginia Republicans attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and the electric-car firm he headed with a plant in Mississippi and ties to China. The Associated Press reported yesterday that President Barack Obama’s pick for the Homeland […] [...]

Toyota unveils redesigned Corolla

by Clay Chandler Published: June 14,2013

Tags: Automotive, Canton, Corolla Furia, Toyota

Toyota unveiled the redesigned 2014 Corolla at an event in Santa Monica, Calif., last week. It will include elements of the Corolla Furia concept car that debuted earlier this year at the North American Auto International Auto Show. The wheelbase will be extended by nearly four inches, with the wheels pushed farther out to the […] [...]

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