Invitations have gone out to media and area leaders about a big announcement Thursday at the Toyota Mississippi plant.
“Revolutionizing automotive manufacturing,” the top of the invitation says for the announcement at 2:30 p.m. in Blue Springs.
Toyota officially announced in February 2007 it would build the plant, but the first vehicle didn’t roll off the assembly line until October 2011.
Since then, it has built more than 1 million Corollas.
The invitation for the Thursday says a groundbreaking will be held for its interactive Visitor and Training Center, as well as “an investment announcement highlighting Toyota’s commitment to manufacturing excellence in Mississippi.”
The Mississippi Development Authority also today sent out an advisory that Gov. Phil Bryant would be making an “economic development announcement” Thursday in Blu Springs.
We’ve been speculating at the office for some time that the plant will have to have something to do with the next-generation Corolla, which was introduced last month at the Geneva Auto Show. The new Corolla Hatchback was introduced at the New York Auto Show last month, too. One may not have to do with the other, but Toyota Mississippi will have to build one or both of these cars soon enough in Blue Springs.
We’ll wait and see what the have to say Thursday.