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DENNIS SEID: Toyota begins search for 400 new team members

Just two weeks after announcing a $170 million expansion and the need for another 400 workers, Toyota Mississippi had its first in-house job fair Thursday to begin the search for that additional help. And for six hours, some 375 people came to the plant, got a brief tour and submitted their applications. How many will get hired remains to be ...

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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 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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