Posts Tagged ‘Toyota’

August 26, 2012- Chuck McIntosh

by Published: August 26,2012

Tags: Highway 9, MDOT, Toyota, Tupelo

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Toyota plant brings Highway 9 to record completion

by Published: August 19,2012

Tags: Highway 9, MDOT, Toyota, Tupelo

There was a theme at last week’s ribbon cutting for the new four-lane state Highway 9: Doing things under budget and in record time requires a public-private partnership in which everybody pulls on the same end of the rope. It also doesn’t hurt if it’s Toyota that will be the highway’s main beneficiary. The $87.5 […] [...]

Trained workforce biggest challenge for state’s manufacturers

A report card on the state of manufacturing in Mississippi includes the following facts, according to Jay Moon, executive director of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association: Manufacturing is holding steady with 12 percent of the state’s workforce employed in that sector. For every direct job in manufacturing, there are another two or three jobs that support […] [...]

Blue Springs Highway 9 in danger

Legislation that has cleared the House and sits in a Senate committee would essentially kill any chance Mississippi Highway 9 north of Blue Springs had of broad development related to the Toyota plant. Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, filed House Bill 791, which would make Mississippi Highway 9 in Union County ineligible for money under the Economic […] [...]

MDOT’s Tagert enjoys promoting all modes of transportation

Before he ran in a special election to fill an unexpired term as Northern District Highway Commissioner, Mike Tagert got a taste of working with transportation issues as president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Economic Development Council. This group that focuses solely on logistics and the transportation component of bringing in new industry made him feel he […] [...]

Toyota opens plant

The Toyota facility in Blue Springs held a “line-off” ceremony Nov. 17 to celebrate what amounted to a delayed grand opening. It was a celebration nearly five years in the making. The star of the show was a black Corolla that was built on Oct. 24, when production started. It will reside in the lobby […] [...]

Read the November 21st issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — THE COLLEGE BUBBLE: Amy McCullough takes a look at whether a college education in Mississippi is even relevant any more. Also in this week’s paper: >> THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! Find out what shocking discovery Toyota ran across in its first Corolla to come off the line at the new […] [...]

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 [...]

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