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Toyota Sets Start-Up Date for Mississippi Plant

published: 2010-06-18 14:23

Toyotais resuming construction of its Mississippi plant, which will soon hire 2,000 team members and build the Corolla compact sedan beginning in the fall of 2011.         

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour plans to visit Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi (TMMMS) today to meet with Northeast Mississippi community leaders and Toyota officials.   

This decision to begin production with Corolla enables TMMMS to open as quickly as possible.  Also, by beginning production with Corolla, nearly all Corolla for this market will be built in North America.  Some of the Corolla for North America have been built in Japan since April.  

“Toyota appreciates the patience of Gov. Barbour and all Mississippians, but we first needed to fully utilize our existing facilities as the economy slowed.  Now it’s time to fulfill Toyota’s promise in Mississippi,” said Yoshimi Inaba, president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor North America.  “Toyota remains committed to making vehicles where we sell them and to maintaining a substantial manufacturing presence in North America.”      

The TMMMS building is essentially complete.  Most of the remaining work involves the installation of equipment.   The administration office is already occupied by about 60 team members.  Details about the hiring process will be divulged later this summer. 

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