Posts Tagged ‘Toyota’

Toyota plant in Blue Springs finally making Corollas after starts, stops and changes

BLUE SPRINGS — A year ago, Tereda Hairston was a third grade reading teacher in Starkville. Today, the 32-year-old is a quality check specialist at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs, having started there in July. “I absolutely love it,” Hairston said. “I applied here because I knew what Toyota was about. It’s stable. It’s […] [...]

Costs, impacts of incentive deals

“Gov. Haley Barbour has asked the Legislature to approve $175 million in incentives for California-based Calisolar and start-up HCL CleanTech to open facilities in Mississippi — projects expected to create direct jobs for 1,800 people.” Clarion-Ledger, Sept. 1, 2011 When this writer read that sentence he immediately got out a calculator and did the math. […] [...]

Eminent Domain: Good Business… or Bad?

by Published: July 18,2011

Tags: eminent domain, Leland Speed, MDA, Nissan, Ron Aldridge, Toyota

Eminent domain remains a hotbed of discussion in the Mississippi business community. MBJ staff writers Ted Carter and Stephen McDill interview NFIB state director Ron Aldridge and Parkway Properties chairman and interim MDA director Leland Speed. PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 [...]

MBJ Editorial: Jobs and eminent domain … letting fear strike us out

Economic development recruiters don’t use brass knuckles when they fight to get a big employer to come to their state. But they probably would if they could. That is the kind of pier six brawl recruiters walk into at the start of every economic development competition. The last one standing walks away with the deal […] [...]

Officials: As of right now, Blue Springs opening not affected by Japan disaster

One of the less urgent results of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan March 11 was the announcement by Toyota, whose corporate headquarters is in Tokyo, that it would idle production at its facilities in that country. The initial decision came on March 14, roughly 72 hours after the 9.0 magnitude quake and the […] [...]

Rep. Holland Addresses Legislative Scrambler

JACKSON- State representative Steve Holland shares his thoughts on everything from Toyota to Haley Barbour at a recent meeting of the Mississippi Economic Council. [...]

Miss. economic head: No politics in site selection

By SHELIA BYRD JACKSON — Lawmakers are asking the head of Mississippi’s economic development agency why the Delta and the southwestern part of the state are often overlooked for major industrial projects. Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, told members of the House Ways and Means Committee last Tuesday that industries have […] [...]

Back in business

by Published: December 19,2010

Tags: Barbara McDaniel, Blue Springs, Toyota, Year in Review

After announcing no immediate plans to finish the Blue Springs plant in 2009, Toyota made amends in 2010 with plan to open After about 18 months in recession-imposed limbo, Toyota announced in June that it was resuming preparations to open its facility in Blue Springs (“Toyota resumes prepping for Blue Springs plant,” MBJ June 17). […] [...]

Sherman seeks Toyota-related annexation for development

by Published: November 28,2010

Tags: Ben Logan, The Sherman community, Toyota

The Sherman community in North Mississippi is trying to position itself to snag Toyota-related development once the automotive manufacturing facility starts producing Corollas in fall 2011. Within the next few weeks, Mayor Ben Logan said, he and Sherman’s planning officials hope to have finalized a map that would show the new city limits that include […] [...]

Toyota supplier now taking applications for 300 jobs

TUPELO — A Toyota supplier in north Mississippi is taking applications for about 300 jobs at its Baldwyn facility. The job listings for Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi were posted on the Mississippi Department of Employment Security website Thursday. The company is looking for about 250 hourly workers and 50 supervisors that will work on salary. […] [...]

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