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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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Automakers say electrics, hybrids no longer just gas-sippers

When Toyota aired a Super Bowl television ad featuring a surprisingly quick Prius gas-electric hybrid eluding police, it marked a turning point for the auto industry. For years, automakers pushed fuel efficiency to sell hybrid and electric vehicles. Now, in an era of cheap gasoline, the message is: These cars are faster and quieter than their gas-powered counterparts. And, yes, ...

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TODD SMITH — Tech giants top the best global brands list for 3rd year

There’s yet another superlative to bestow on Apple: Best Global Brand. The company topped the annual Interbrand Best Global Brand report, followed by Google. The companies placed first and second for the third year in a row. Interbrand, a brand consultancy, determines 100 companies’ ranks by considering how much revenue they earn from a branded product, how effective the brand ...

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GLENN McCULLOUGH — Teamwork: A winning strategy

Economic opportunity can change lives. Promoting Mississippi’s advantages to attract new career opportunities while supporting the expansion of our existing businesses is our primary mission at the Mississippi Development Authority. Three key principles guide us and help ensure Mississippi will continue to cultivate economic opportunities for Mississippi families. First, teamwork is essential to winning new investment projects and helping our ...

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State mulling options on extending benefits to same-sex spouses

By TED CARTER Same-sex couples are tying the knot across Mississippi but the state has not yet decided how – or whether – it will extend worker benefits to the same-sex spouses of state employees. The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration is trying to get a fix on the state’s obligations in the wake of last week’s ruling by ...

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Mississippian Glenn McCullough Jr. gets nod as new MDA chief

By TED CARTER An executive search that never left Mississippi has led to the appointment of Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Speaking to luncheon guests at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting, Gov. Phil Bryant said he kept the search within ...

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Source: McCullough a leading candidate for MDA job

        By JACK WEATHERLY Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, is a leading candidate to become executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, according to a source familiar with the situation. McCullough said in a telephone interview with the Mississippi Business Journal  Thursday afternoon that “the MDA is very important ...

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TRANSITION AT THE MDA — Is Mississippi better off than it was 3 years ago?

By JACK WEATHERLY  Is Mississippi better off than it was three years ago? That’s a fair enough question when it comes to measurable matters such as jobs created and money invested. The answer is: depends on whom you’re asking. And what you’re asking. When the Mississippi Development Authority announced April 8 that Brent Christensen  was resigning his job as executive ...

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