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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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Mississippi seen as contender for Toyota-Mazda plant

By JACK WEATHERLY The same day that workers at the Nissan North America plant in Canton voted strongly against unionizing, another Japanese automaker with Mississippi ties, Toyota, announced it would team up with Mazda Motor Corp. to build another assembly plant in the South. A vote to join the United Auto Workers union would have sent a message to foreign automakers, which ...

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First Corolla earmarked for export rolls off of Toyota's line

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota officials at the car manufacturer’s Blue Springs facility are celebrating the production of the first Corolla built at the plant for export. Gov. Phil Bryant joined Toyota officials to mark the occasion. WLBT-TV reports that the plant will export more than 7,500 Corollas to 18 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean this year. ...

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Toyota to begin exporting Corollas to Latin America, Caribbean

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota says it will begin sending U.S.-built Corolla sedans to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean starting next year. The world’s biggest car maker said today that production of the U.S.-built vehicles is set to start at its Blue Springs plant near Tupelo in April 2014. Toyota Motors Corp. expects to export more than 7,500 ...

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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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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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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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Toyota plant in Blue Springs finally making Corollas after starts, stops and changes

BLUE SPRINGS — A year ago, Tereda Hairston was a third grade reading teacher in Starkville. Today, the 32-year-old is a quality check specialist at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs, having started there in July. “I absolutely love it,” Hairston said. “I applied here because I knew what Toyota was about. It’s stable. It’s not going anywhere. This plant ...

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Start of Toyota production in Mississippi draws near

By DENNIS SEID of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo BLUE SPRINGS — At the 2 million-square-foot Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi plant, the first Corollas have already been made. But they’re not for sale just yet. The test cars are works in progress, allowing team members — Toyota’s term for its employees — to put their knowledge and training to ...

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