Aug 29, 2007

Toyota supplier to build new plant in Mississippi

Erlanger, Kentucky – Toyota Boshoku America, a member of the Toyota Group of businesses, announced it will build a new plant in Itawamba County, Mississippi to supply seats, door panels and carpet to the Toyota Highlander vehicle plant in Tupelo, Mississippi.

“We are very proud to join our fellow Toyota companies in Mississippi and locate our newest plant in the United States in Itawamba County, Mississippi, for many reasons, including the region’s talented and dedicated workforce and its proximity to the Toyota Highlander SUV plant,” said Kiyoshi “Nate” Furuta, Chairman and CEO, Toyota Boshoku America, Inc. ”

The Toyota Boshoku America Mississippi plant will employ approximately 500 workers and be operational by 2010. The plant will be 341,000 square feet and located on 40 acres in an industrial park off of Highway 78 that is 24 miles east of the Toyota Highlander plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi. A new access road to the plant will be constructed by October, 2008, to ensure smooth traffic flow.

Toyota Boshoku Corporation pioneered the use of the Kenaf plant, a fast-growing annual plant that absorbs carbon dioxide, in manufacturing door trims for vehicle interiors. Toyota Boshoku now supplies Kenaf-based boards to interior parts factories all over the world.

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