February 28, 2007

Toyota to build Highlander models in Mississippi

Tupelo, Mississippi – Toyota has announced that it has chosen a site in Blue Springs, Mississippi to build its eighth North American vehicle assembly plant. The new facility, to be located just outside of Tupelo, will build the Highlander.

Production is scheduled to begin by 2010, with site preparation and construction beginning later this Spring; the plant will have the capacity to build 150,000 vehicles annually. The project represents a US$1.3 billion investment by Toyota and is expected to create approximately 2,000 new jobs. Operations at the plant will include stamping, body weld, plastics, paint and assembly.

Toyota currently operates vehicle assembly plants in Cambridge, Ontario; Georgetown, Kentucky; Princeton, Indiana; Fremont, California (a joint venture with GM); Tijuana, Mexico; and San Antonio, Texas, with a plant currently under construction in Woodstock, Ontario. This Spring, Toyota will also start production of the Camry at Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana.

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