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Toyota supplier celebrates start of production

BALDWYN — Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi (APMM) celebrated the start of production of the company’s new facility in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex in Baldwyn last Friday. APMM, the North American subsidiary of Toyota Auto Body, is a tier-one supplier for the Toyota plant in Blue Springs. APMM, which currently employs 340 workers, provides stamped parts, body ...

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Canton plant to produce new Nissan commercial vehicles

CANTON — Just one year after its entry into the commercial vehicle business in North America with the segment-changing Nissan NV commercial van series, Nissan is expanding the lineup with the debut in spring 2012 of a new NV3500 HD Passenger Van. The 2012 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Van will be offered in a choice of two engines, a 261-horsepower ...

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MBJ Editorial: Ayers family worked too hard to see neglect at this level

Never in his wildest dreams  would Jake Ayers had believed, in 1975, what has become of the Mississippi college desegregation lawsuit, known simply as “Ayers.” When all was said and done in 2004, Mississippi education officials said they could get to work enforcing the $503 million settlement designed to correct racist neglect of Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State and Alcorn ...

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MBJ Editorial: Lifting the cap would be a bad economic move for state

Mississippi’s Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether it’s constitutional to limit how much a jury can award to an injured plaintiff in a lawsuit. How the court decides could have a huge impact on both economic development and medical services. Before Mississippi enacted two series of tort reforms less than a decade ago, this state had acquired an ...

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MBJ Editorial: Education remains atop state’s business wish list

Nearly eight out of 10 Mississippi business leaders (79 percent) believe our state can experience the same type of economic success as other high-growth Southern states. That is according to a report on the results gathered during in the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi Road Show. More than 2,000 took part in the electronic voting process, and an additional 1,000 ...

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Six Toyota dealerships win President's Award

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Six Mississippi Toyota dealerships have won Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc.’s President’s Award for outstanding sales and service. The six dealerships are: Gray-Daniels Toyota in Brandon; Carl Hogan Toyota in Columbus; Oakes Toyota in Greenville; Herrin-Gear Toyota in Jackson; Estabrook Toyota in Pascagoula; and, Carlock Toyota of Tupelo. The President’s Award recognizes Toyota dealerships throughout the ...

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Nissan expanding production at Canton plant

CANTON — Nissan is moving production of the Nissan Xterra SUV and Frontier pickup models to its Canton plant. Company officials from Nissan Americas announced the decision at the New York International Auto Show. The move is part of Nissan’s plan to increase production of vehicles intended for North American markets at its production facilities in the region. The new lines ...

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Toyota extends North American production cuts

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota Motor Corp. has extended production cuts at its North American factories into early June as it struggles to deal with parts shortages caused by the earthquake that hit Japan. The disruptions caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami continue to spread. Toyota has warned dealers to expect shortages well into this summer, and has changed ...

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French company buying Johnson Controls plant

MADISON COUNTY — French auto supplier Faurecia is buying Johnson Controls’ plant in Madison County that manufactures complete seating for Nissan’s assembly plant in nearby Canton. Nissan spokesman Steve Parrett tells The Clarion-Ledger that Johnson Controls notified the company that the deal would close sometime this spring. Details of the transaction have not been made public. Faurecia, the world’s sixth ...

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