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DENNIS SEID: Toyota expansion could lead to further expansion

It wasn’t the big “second-phase” expansion officials have been hoping for since the plant opened, but last week’s announcement that Toyota Mississippi was adding 400 jobs was by no means a disappointment. With the 1,500 team members already on board at the plant, plus another 400-500 contract workers, employment will reach 2,400 within a year. The 12th-generation Corolla will be ...

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Toyota to invest $170 million, add 400 jobs at Mississippi plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Toyota announced Thursday it will invest $170 million in its Blue Springs plant and create 400 jobs to build the 12th generation Corolla. The investment in the new Toyota New Global Architecture enables the assembly plant to stay competitive globally. “We will be able to respond quicker and be more flexible in order to meet market demands down the road,” Toyota Mississippi President Sean ...

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Toyota to celebrate 10 Years in Mississippi

Toyota’s facility in Blue Springs will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a ‘Back Porch Blues’ concert on Nov. 4. “The progress our team members have made over the past 10 years has been amazing,” Vice President of Administration Mike Botkin said in a release. “Their commitment to quality and safety, plus the unwavering support we have received from the community, ...

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DENNIS SEID: Toyota-Mazda partnership would benefit state, region

Toyota’s announcement Aug. 4 that it had signed a joint venture agreement with Mazda to build Corollas and other vehicles sent state and local leaders through a range of emotions – surprise, concern and hope. If you didn’t hear, the two Japanese automakers, which signed an agreement two years ago to work closer together, said they would build a $1.6 billion ...

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Toyota Mississippi production unaffected by Toyota-Mazda venture

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – Toyota Mississippi officials said production of the Corolla at the Blue Springs plant won’t be affected by Friday’s announcement that Toyota will be building the vehicle at a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in which it is partnering with Mazda. A location for the plant hasn’t been decided, but the facility ...

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Toyota plans $10M visitor and training center in Mississippi

Toyota Motor Co. says it will build a $10 million center for visitors and interactive training at its northeast Mississippi assembly plant. The Japanese automaker’s announcement came Thursday as it marked the 10th anniversary of the plant’s groundbreaking. The factory, with 2,000 workers assembling Corolla sedans, began production in 2011. Toyota says construction on the 15,000-square-foot building will begin in ...

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DENNIS SEID: What we knew and when we knew it

Looking back at the decade since Toyota announced it was building a plant in Blue Springs, I’m still a bit surprised by the credit my newspaper was given for “keeping the news secret” until the day of the official announcement. To be honest, we didn’t know much more than anyone the day before it happened. What did we know and ...

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Manager who opened Mississippi Toyota plant returns to Japan

A new manager will take over at Toyota’s Mississippi assembly plant on Jan. 1. The unit of Japanese-based Toyota Motor Corp. says Akitoshi Ichino will become president of the Blue Springs plant, which has more than 1,600 workers. Founding president Masafumi Hamaguchi, who has run Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi since 2010, will return to Japan. The $800 million Blue Springs ...

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While Toyota marks the 50th anniversary of Corolla, Toyota Mississippi reaches another milestone

By DENNIS SEID Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – Last week, Toyota Mississippi quietly reached a significant landmark: five years of production. There was no big celebration to mark the occasion, however. That will come next year, when Toyota recognizes the 10-year anniversary of its initial announcement that Blue Springs would be the site of its eighth North American manufacturing plant. ...

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Miss. woman charged in scam after burning death

JACKSON — A north Mississippi resident has been arrested after authorities say she created a fundraising scam tied to the burning death of a 19-year-old woman. Attorney General Jim Hood says 39-year-old Janet Posey of Blue Springs is charged with one count of attempted false pretense and one count of communications fraud. Hood says his office was told that Posey ...

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