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Toyota begins hiring Blue Springs workers

BLUE SPRINGS — The Toyota plant in Northeast Mississippi is accepting applications for hourly production and skilled maintenance jobs. The plant at Blue Springs is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011, making the Corolla sedan. Toyota has said the plant will have about 2,000 employees once it hits full operation in 2012. The Mississippi Department of Employment Security ...

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Toyota to reveal job application process

BLUE SPRINGS — State and local officials on Monday will reveal details about how people can apply for the 2,000 production jobs at the Toyota plant in north Mississippi. The plant is set to open in the fall of 2011, making the Corolla sedan. It’s expected to hit full operation in 2012. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the ...

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GM planning to shed government ownership

DETROIT — Thirteen months ago, General Motors was fighting for its life in bankruptcy court. Now, the automaker is laying the groundwork to sell stock to the public once again with the eventual goal of ridding itself of government ownership. General Motors Co. filed the first batch of paperwork required to hold an initial public offering of stock late yesterday. ...

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Toyota keeps commitment to local schools

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota Motor Corporation is keeping its commitment to supporting local schools, according to the Mississippi Development Authority. When Toyota announced it would build a plant at Blue Springs in 2007, it made a commitment of $50 million to the eight school districts within Pontotoc, Union and Lee counties. 

Even though due to market conditions and a weak ...

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Toyota supplier to resume operations in Baldwyn

BALDWYN — Gov. Haley Barbour announced that Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi Inc., the U.S. operations of Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd., will move forward with its plans to provide stamped parts, body weld parts and plastic parts to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi plant at Blue Springs. The $200-million facility in Baldwyn will employ close to 300 people. In June, ...

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Toyota issues another recall of passenger cars

TOKYO — Toyota is recalling 412,000 passenger cars, mostly the Avalon model, in the U.S. for steering problems in which three accidents have been reported, the automaker said Thursday. The 373,000 Avalons being recalled range from the 2000 model year through to 2004 and have improper casting of the steering lock bar — a component for the steering system — ...

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Nissan audit finds job requirement met

CANTON — The State Auditor’s Office says the Nissan plant in Mississippi has met the employment goals it needed to keep its state incentives. Under an agreement with the state, the auto manufacturer was supposed to have at least 3,000 people employed in the Canton plant by Dec. 31, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2008. The auditor’s office said today that ...

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Ford to unveil scaled-down Explorer

DEARBORN, Mich. — The Ford Explorer, the hulking family-hauler that helped launch the SUV boom in the early 1990s, is back. And it hopes to define a new generation of more streamlined, fuel-efficient sport utility vehicles. Ford begins a marketing campaign today for the 2011 Ford Explorer, which will be in dealerships this winter. It’s an important vehicle for the ...

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Ford's $2.6B profit surprises Wall Street

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. surprised Wall Street with a $2.6-billion profit in the second quarter as it continued to grab sales from rivals in a slowly recovering U.S. market. It was Ford’s fifth straight quarterly profit. The company also expects to be profitable in the second half of the year, although less profitable than in the first half. ...

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More Chinese workers walk off job

TOKYO — Around 300 workers at a Japanese auto parts plant in China went on strike today to demand higher wages, the latest in a string of labor disputes to hit foreign companies there. Japanese company Omron Corp. said the strike forced its factory in Guangzhou, southern China, to halt some production. The Chinese plant, which makes auto parts including ...

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