Toyota Opens Another U.S. Plant
In order to keep up with the demand of the popular Corolla, Toyota has brought a new plant online. Located in Blue Springs, Miss, which is just outside of Tupelo, this is an $800 million investment made by the automaker to keep the world’s best-selling vehicle model of all time rolling off the assembly line. This move is an example of Toyota’s practice to manufacture vehicles where they are commonly sold.
Situated on 1,700 acres of land, the Blue Springs plant has the capacity to produce 150,000 vehicles annually. To keep new Corollas rolling out of this new assembly plant, Toyota will employ roughly 2,000 people to work around the clock. This plant will also rely on components to assemble these Toyotas from other domestic sources.
Keeping in line with Toyota’s American manufacturing operations, the Blue Springs assembly plant will receive its engines from Toyota’s engine assembly plant in Buffalo, W. Va. The cylinder heads and blocks needed for these engines from the Buffalo plant also are produced domestically at both of Toyota’s Bodine Aluminum castings plants, located in Troy, Mo., and Jackson, Tenn.
Along with becoming a newcomer to the area, Toyota has also announced partnership with the CREATE Foundation. This includes a donation of $50 million paid in yearly installments of $5 million over 10 years toward an innovative addition to the public school system in the Pontotoc, Union, and Lee counties.
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