Corolla production online at new Mississippi plant

Toyota team members celebrated the Nov. 17 opening of Toyota Motor Mfg., Mississippi (TMMMS), Blue Springs, Miss., the company’s new $800 million plant that assembles the Corolla. Joining the celebration were Toyota Motor Corp.’s president, Akio Toyoda, and Mississippi’s governor, Haley Barbour.

TMMMS is Toyota’s fourteenth North American plant, further advancing the company’s efforts to design, develop and build vehicles where they are sold. The plant has the annual capacity to produce 150,000 vehicles and will employ nearly 2,000.

Toyota’s Buffalo, W. Va., engine plant is supplying all engines for Corolla production at TMMMS. Cylinder heads and blocks for those engines are produced at both of Toyota’s Bodine Aluminum castings plants, located in Troy, Mo., and Jackson, Tenn.

When Toyota announced the Blue Springs project, they also announced a partnership with the CREATE Foundation and a donation of $50 million — $5 million a year for 10 years — was also announced toward an innovative addition to the public school system in the Pontotoc, Union, and Lee counties. The Center for Professional Futures will be an education facility that will expose students in the eight school districts in the PUL Alliance counties in to professional careers through high performance teaching and a modern learning environment.

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