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Toyota taps Suggs as next president for Blue Springs plant.

Sean Suggs was recently new president at Toyota’s Blue Springs facility. Suggs, who has been vice president of manufacturing, will be dual capped as president and vice president of administration at the assembly plant that builds the Corolla and employs more than 1,550 people. In this role, he will have responsibilities for all manufacturing and administrative operations. Suggs joined Toyota ...

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Toyota says Mississippi plant makes millionth Corolla sedan

  BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota Motor Corp. says its Mississippi plant has assembled its millionth Corolla sedan. The company made the announcement Tuesday, a little more than six years after it started assembling cars at the $800 million Blue Springs plant. The Japanese company marked the 10th anniversary of its groundbreaking earlier this year with a series of celebrations. Incoming ...

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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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On the short list: 11 states vying for Toyota-Mazda plant

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Whether Mississippi is the leading contender for an automotive assembly plant jointly operated by Toyota and Mazda is the $1.6 billion question. The two Japanese automakers said earlier this month they plan to build the plant, which will build the Toyota Corolla and future Mazda crossover vehicles, by 2021. The facility, which requires at ...

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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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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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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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DENNIS SEID: Toyota has reasons for building elsewhere

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that if Toyota goes ahead with plans to build the Corolla sedan at a new factory in Mexico instead of the U.S., it could be hit with a “big border tax” when the cars are shipped north. But Toyota – and other automakers – have their reasons for spreading the wealth when it comes ...

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