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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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SR 9 project incorporates a number of firsts

At first glance, the State Route 9 reconstruction underway in Northeast Mississippi is simply a road improvement project supporting the new Toyota automobile plant at Blue Springs. However, officials say the project is bigger than even Toyota. In fact, plans for the project were hatched before Toyota announced it was coming to Mississippi. The project is expected to not only ...

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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 plant in Blue Springs — ...

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Tradeoff: Jobs or property rights? Mississippians must settle issue

Mississippians cheered the arrival of big league economic development this decade with Nissan’s arrival in Canton and Toyota pending move into Blue Springs. But a property rights movement is working to blunt the enthusiasm for more economic bonanzas — at least if state incentives include offering the mega employers private property the state would seize through eminent domain. The Mississippi ...

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‘Replacement costs’ likely go by wayside with eminent domain vote

A ballot initiative to curb eminent domain in Mississippi to protect private property from private enterprise carries a cost land owners may not have considered, says Randy Kelley, executive director of Three Rivers Planning and Development District. New limits on the state’s eminent domain law through a constitutional change could end the paying of “replacement value” to landowners who sell ...

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Miss. economic head: No politics in site selection

By SHELIA BYRD JACKSON — Lawmakers are asking the head of Mississippi’s economic development agency why the Delta and the southwestern part of the state are often overlooked for major industrial projects. Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, told members of the House Ways and Means Committee last Tuesday that industries have their own consultants when it ...

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Back in business

After announcing no immediate plans to finish the Blue Springs plant in 2009, Toyota made amends in 2010 with plan to open After about 18 months in recession-imposed limbo, Toyota announced in June that it was resuming preparations to open its facility in Blue Springs (“Toyota resumes prepping for Blue Springs plant,” MBJ June 17). Toyota hopes to have the ...

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