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Toyota Bringing 2,000 Jobs To Mississippi

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On: Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 3:08PM | By: John Welch

Toyota Bringing 2,000 Jobs To Mississippi

An area hard-hit by natural disaster over the last several year, the state of Mississippi could use some good news. How does "job growth" sound?

Needing to boost its public image and save money, Toyota will resume construction on a dormant production facility it began building in 2007. The plant was nearly completed, but Toyota became distracted in 2008, and has not actively worked on the building since.

“We first needed to fully utilize our existing facilities as the economy slowed,” Yoshimi Inaba, president of Toyota Motor North America, said in a statement today. Inaba went on to say that the automaker would take on 2,000 employees, "soon."

When Toyota first began this project, located in Tupelo, Mississippi, the company intended to use the facility for Highlander production. The switch to Corolla production represents a shift in sales trends over the last three years. The planned Corolla production in fall of 2011 allows Toyota to get the $1.3 billion Mississippi project up and running faster than it could with any other product.

After the closing of the NUMMI plant, in California, Toyota moved the production of more than 150,000 Corollas back to Japan. When this plant opens, all that work will return to American soil. Recent sales spikes are a good sign that Toyota can still sell vehicles, despite their lackluster reputation of late.

Whatever the car produced, and whoever might produce it, this is good news for the state of Mississippi and its residents. The state needs an injection of new money (funny how similar states and F1 teams are . . .) and an extra 2,000 jobs is a good start.

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