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Yokohama reopening Mississippi commercial truck tire plant

Yokohama Corporation of North America (YCNA) announced today that its plant in West Point, Mississippi is reopening. Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM), which produces commercial truck tires, is scheduled to go back online April 27. The plant temporarily closed as a precautionary measure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the health and welfare of all personnel upon their ...

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Gray-Daniels sold to Little Rock-based auto group

Little Rock-based McLarty Automotive Group has bought the Atlanta-based Asbury Automotive Group’s Mississippi holdings with the purchase of Gray-Daniels Auto Family. Gray-Daniels is the largest dealership group in the state, with approximately $400 million in annual revenues. “Like McLarty Automotive Group, Gray-Daniels Auto Family is deeply rooted in the communities it serves,” said Mark McLarty, founder and chairman. “We are ...

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Emily Lauder named MBJ’s Business Woman of the Year

Emily Lauder, Vice President of Administration at Toyota Mississippi, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2020 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal. Lauder was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson. Lauder was named Vice President of Administration at Toyota Mississippi in June 2018. The ...

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Nissan to offer severance packages to older US workers

Slumping Nissan Motor Co. is offering voluntary separation packages to many of its U.S. workers as it tries to resize itself to match lower sales. The Japanese automaker wouldn’t say how many employees it is targeting to leave, how much money it expects to save, or give details of the severance offers. The offers are being made to factory and ...

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Nissan cites progress in getting rid of showroom freebies

Carmaker insists it U.S. layoffs over ‘for now’ By TED CARTER Major Mississippi employer Nissan Motor Co. has decided its best bet for a U.S. recovery after a pair of awful quarters is not to sell more cars but to make more money from each car sold. Forget “market share” for now, said Nissan global controller and CFO-designate Stephen Ma, ...

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Youth a plus for Nissan’s Canton plant with high-tech transformation looming

Automotive expert says plant offers much-needed flexibility By TED CARTER The relatively young age of Nissan’s 16-year-old Canton assembly plant could help insulate it from company plans to cut global manufacturing capacity by 10 percent by spring 2022. The planned capacity reductions coincide with a collapse in operating profits halfway through Nissan’s fiscal year. Some of the blame for the ...

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Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association names new leaders

Michael Van Veckhoven has been elected to serve as the 2019-2020 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association (MADA). Van Veckhoven is the owner of New South Ford and Nissan in Meridian. As Chairman, Van Veckhoven will serve in the highest elected position for the Association. Bill Griffis has been elected to serve as Chairman ...

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Fields named Vice President, Manufacturing at Nissan Canton

Nissan announced a change in senior management at its Canton plant with the appointment of Erik Fields as vice president, Manufacturing. Fields has more than 20 years of automotive and engineering expertise. He has spent 12 years at Nissan Canton, serving in various roles of increasing responsibility, including manufacturing program manager, where he helped lead the launch of Nissan Altima, ...

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MSU students join Continental Internship Program in Clinton

Continental Tire has selected Mississippi State University students Sarah Chipley of Vicksburg and James Leggett of Jackson for summer engineering internships in Clinton. Chipley will focus on product industrialization. Leggett will focus on 5S, a lean manufacturing tool that improves workplace efficiency. Chipley graduated from Warren Central High School. She is a junior chemical engineering major. Chipley is a member ...

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Toyota Mississippi donates 10 cars to ICC’s automotive tech program

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS • Brad Crowder, who heads the automotive technology program at Itawamba Community College, was all smiles Wednesday. Toyota Mississippi donated 10 Corollas to ICC, which will use the vehicles for hands-on training. ICC also received seven cars in 2013. “The last cars we got were 2011 models, and we used them for various ...

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