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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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Toyota gives area schools $1M education grant

PONTOTOC — Officials of automaker Toyota handed over a $1 million education grant in ceremonies yesterday at Pontotoc Junior High School. WTVA reported the donation is part of Toyota’s commitment of $50 million over a 10-year period to schools in counties represented by the PUL Alliance — Pontotoc, Union and Lee. The PUL Alliance was instrumental in convincing Toyota to ...

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Toyota reclaims title of world's top automaker

Toyota Motor Manufacturing sold a record 9.75 million vehicles last year, according to an official tally released Monday, roaring past General Motors and Volkswagen to reclaim its title as the world’s top automaker in 2012. The Japanese automaker which opened a Corolla plant in Mississippi’s Blue Springs in 2011 had a 27 percent increase in U.S. sales in last year, ...

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Toyota Mississippi executive David Copenhaver to retire

BLUE SPRINGS — David Copenhaver, the highest ranking American at Toyota’s Mississippi plant, will retire at the end of the year. Copenhaver confirmed his plans during events this week to celebrate the first anniversary of Corolla production at the plant. He’ll wrap up his 16-year-career with Toyota on Dec. 21. Toyota sources say the change in leadership is common every ...

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Toyota Plant’s first anniversary reveals progress

by Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal TUPELO – Every 85 seconds or so, a Corolla rolls down the “money line.” It’s the nickname for the inspection line where finishing details are made before the vehicle starts its journey to a Toyota dealership Some 600 cars are assembled daily at Toyota Mississippi, about where company officials hoped to be with its eighth ...

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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 Development Highway Act. In 2011, ...

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Toyota starts second shift making the Corolla in Blue Springs

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc. has started a second shift at the plant in Blue Springs. The second shift began Monday as Toyota ramps up production at the plant that opened last fall. The plant is manufacturing the Corolla and has a maximum production capacity of 150,000 cars each year. It has about 2,000 employees. David Copenhaver, ...

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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 of the building. The historic ...

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