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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi has been helping with Habitat for Humanity since 2011, and today, employees of the plant – they’re called “team members” – got started on another one this morning. But this particular home is a little different.
For the first time, Toyota Mississippi is completely funding its construction. It’s paying not only for building costs, but also providing 100 percent of the labor, through company volunteers.
More from Toyota Mississippi:
Mississippi team members arrived to a bare slab this morning, but it wasn’t bare for long. Team members worked all day putting up the walls that will turn this slab into a home for a family from Lee County in just 10 weeks.
“Toyota Mississippi is dedicated to supporting the mission and values of Habitat for Humanity,” said Toyota Mississippi president Masafumi Hamaguchi. “And I am very happy to say we have donated over $87,000 to Habitat for Humanity in North Mississippi since 2011. Our goal is to enhance quality of life for families in local communities.” Read the rest of this entry »
CarMax, which has been working for more than a year to build a store in Tupelo, filed its site plans with the city earlier this week.
The store will be a total of 7,467 square feet, with 4,394 dedicated to the sales area; the service area will have 2,439; and a future car wash will cover 936 square feet. A non-covered “presentation area” will take up the remaining 634 square feet.
The dealership will have 54 parking spaces for customers, while there are 151 spaces for vehicles that will be on sale.
A change in the city’s development code last fall allowed CarMax to move ahead with its plans. The company in earlier interviews said it was investing $5 million in the project. The company had gotten special conditional use by the Planning Committee, but the City Council had overruled it. CarMax later sued, but after a new development code was adopted, CarMax dropped its suit.
Some auto dealers in Tupelo had said in earlier arguments that they were denied opening used car dealerships in the Barnes Crossing District Overlay, where CarMax is building.
The site is on Tom Watson Drive, south of Fairfield Inn and Suites.
OK, had to go with something a little different for the headline since “Sinkhole swallows eight Corvettes” has been used all day.
If you’re not aware of what happened today, here’s a little background: Among famous sites in Kentucky (besides Churchill Downs, various bourbon producers, Mammoth Cave National Park) is the National Corvette Museum.
Which last night added an underground cavern – well, actually a sinkhole – that also managed to swallow some priceless Corvettes.
More from AP:
A gaping sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight prized cars that plunged in a heap while the attraction geared to the classic American sports car was closed to visitors.
“They’re all just kind of nose down in the bottom of the hole,” said Western Kentucky University engineering professor Matt Dettman, part of a team brought in to assess the damage and the stability of the surrounding area. Read the rest of this entry »
For the first time since 1998, dependability of cars and trucks sold in the U.S. fell.
Engine and transmission woes were the biggest source of complaints, according to this story by Reuters. J.D. Power conducted the survey of owners of three-year old vehicles.
The industry’s 2011-model cars, introduced in 2010, the year after sector sales hit a 28-year low during the recession, saw a nearly 6 percent decline in quality to 133 problems per 100 vehicles from 126 last year, according to the J.D. Power U.S. vehicle dependability survey released on Wednesday. It was the first increase in the average number of problems since 1998.
General Motors Co., the No. 1 U.S. automaker, received eight segment awards, tops in the industry, and all four of its brands finished above the industry average. Its luxury Cadillac brand was one of the biggest gainers in the survey, jumping 11 spots to rank as the third most reliable.
The biggest complaints among the more than 41,000 owners surveyed were about engine hesitation, rough transmission shifts and lack of power, but David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power, said a lot of that was due to lack of consumer familiarity with the smaller, less powerful 4-cylinder engines many buy now.
More from the Los Angeles Times:
The automaker is reportedly close to paying a $1-billion fine to settle a four-year federal criminal investigation into whether it properly reported safety complaints to regulators. Meanwhile, Toyota’s lawyers are in settlement talks over hundreds of civil lawsuits alleging wrongful deaths or injuries, potentially adding hundreds of millions to the tab.
Previously, Toyota agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle a class-action case brought by thousands of Toyota owners who contended that sudden-acceleration problems damaged the value of their vehicles. Read the rest of this entry »
From Yahoo News, we have this story about cars and trucks. But not just any story…. :
According to a new survey by Insure.com, women say that attractive men tend to drive black Ford pickup trucks. Men report that attractive women drive red BMW sports cars.
The survey of 2,000 men and women asked what type, brand and color of vehicle are driven by the most fetching members of the opposite sex.
Women ranked these styles as cars that attractive men drive:
- Pickup trucks: 32%
- Sports cars: 27%
- SUVs: 16%
- Sedans: 11%
- Hybrid or electric: 9%
- UPS truck: 4%
- Minivans: 2%
- Mail truck: 1% Read the rest of this entry »
In case you haven’t visited our Daily Journal website, we broke this great news last night:
A German automotive supplier, Grammer AG, is bringing more than 600 jobs to Lee County.
Today, local and state economic development leaders will gather at the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South in Shannon to make the announcement.
State and local leaders declined to give details about the project, and said more information will be released at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony.
The Daily Journal has learned the company is Grammer AG of Amberg, Germany, and the project will bring more than 600 jobs.
Grammer AG has two major divisions:
• Automotive, which supplies headrests, armrests, center consoles, head restraint systems, integrated child safety seats and side cushions to vehicle manufacturers.
• Seating Systems, which provides driver’s seats for trucks and off-road vehicles, including tractors and agricultural machinery, construction machinery and forklifts, as well as driver and passenger seating for regional and high-speed long-haul trains, coaches and buses.
In November, Grammer said its Automotive division saw “very dynamic growth,” powered by higher sales in China and North America. The company also said its Seating Systems division “could also achieve higher revenues in the North American off-road market.”
It is unclear who Grammer will supply, but more details will be revealed Wednesday.
The company will occupy the 75,000-square-foot shell building in the industrial park, where Wednesday’s ceremony will be held.