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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc. and its team members are making the Christmas holidays a lot brighter.
More than 350 toys were collected during TMMMS’ annual toy drive to help fulfill Christmas wishes for the 1,200 children registered with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. TMMMS also donated $10,000 to support over 13,000 holiday meals that will be served to the organization’s clients.
“It is Toyota Mississippi’s honor to support clients of the Salvation Army,” said Masafumi Hamaguchi, TMMMS president. “The Salvation Army helps many local families, and we are grateful to provide needed resources for the Angel Tree and holiday feeding programs.”
In addition to supporting holiday programs, TMMMS also provides direct support of the Salvation Army’s day-to-day activities. Rocky Sayers, TMMMS general manager of assembly, joined the Salvation Army board of directors in August 2013. Through his board role, he is experiencing firsthand how Toyota is impacting the organization and the community it serves.
“It is an incredible feeling to help those that don’t have the means to help themselves,” said Sayers. “It is important for me to be part of a company that directly supports the community, and Toyota is that company. It really is incredible to see what Toyota is doing for the community.” Read the rest of this entry »
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, or TMMMS, has been assembling Corolla sedans for more than two years now, and now we know a little more about the place. Previously, we were able to see the assembly area only, but today, media members were able to see stamping, body weld and paint areas as well.
Here are some facts and figures:
- TMMMS employs 2,000 people, and another 500 work for on-site suppliers. Another 1,500 employees work for seven other suppliers to the plant.
- The assembly shop is the largest area of the plant at 942,000 square feet. The entire plant covers 2 million square feet.
- Assembly has 608 team members (employees) that install 1,739 parts on a base-model Corolla
- A Corolla rolls off the assembly line every 78 seconds, or some 160,000 per year.
- TMMMS has three on-site suppliers.
- The Final 2 assembly line is where weather-stripping, seats and bumpers are installed. They’re delivered by Diversity Vuteq, the largest onsite supplier
- The final inspection line has 18 process where more than 500 elements are inspected before the cars are given the OK to be sold.
- The plant has two work shifts – Red shift (6:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.) and White shift (6:30 p.m. to 3:15 a.m.) – which rotate every two weeks. Read the rest of this entry »
Sean Suggs is the new vice president of administration for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi.He replaces Doug Formby, who announced his retirement recently.
Suggs, 48, takes over Jan. 31.
He joined TMMMS Nov. 4 after working for Nissan for seveeral years. Most recently, he was director of strategy, administration and human resources from 2011-2013 for Nissan’s North American headquarters in Tennessee.
“I’ve worked 10 years for Toyota and six with Nissan,” Suggs.
He is no stranger to Mississippi, either. Before his stint at Nissan’s headquarters, he headed production quality at Nissan’s Canton plant.
As mentioned earlier, this is Suggs’ second stint with Toyota. He started his automotive industry career in 1998 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in 1998. He was named general manager of quality planning in 2008 at TMMI and oversaw professional development, vehicle quality and manufacturing quality for current and new model production.
“It is a great privilege to be asked to lead Toyota Mississippi at this important moment in this plant’s history,” he said. “I started my automotive career with Toyota, so this is like coming home.”
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Oakland City College in Oakland City, Ind., and his MBA from Auburn University.
He and his wife, Janet, have six children.
Read more in Wednesday’s Daily Journal.
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association today released a report spotlighting positive economic contributions Japanese-brand auto manufacturers have made in the U.S.
In 2012 alone, JAMA companies – including Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and Mitsubishi – produced 3.3 million vehicles in the U.S., equal to about 32 percent of total U.S. automobile production.
The report notes that JAMA members have invested more than $35 billion in the U.S. since the early 1980s to become an integral part of the U.S. domestic automobile industry. Other key statistics from the report include:
- A record high 70 percent of Japanese-brand vehicles sold in the U.S. are built in North America.
- Japanese-brand automakers contributed to an estimated 1.36 million U.S. jobs in 2012, an increase of more than 125,000 jobs over 2011.
- 85 percent of eco-friendly vehicles driving on American roadways are Japanese brands.
- Purchases of U.S. auto parts by Japanese automakers reached an all-time high, topping $51 billion.
- U.S. exports from Japanese auto plants in the U.S. reached a record high, surpassing 335,000 Read the rest of this entry »
Toyota Boshoku Mississippi, or TBMS, announced this morning a $21 million expansion that adds 180 workers to its facility near Mantachie.
The company, which makes seats, door panels and other interior trim components for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs, has quietly added 150 of those jobs already. The remaining 30 jobs – mostly technical and high-skilled positions – will be filled starting in January. The expansion was done in conjunction with the launch of the new Toyota Corolla in August, as well as work for an unnamed automaker.
By the spring of 2015, the company will have invested $70 million in the facility, which opened in 2011 to support TMMMS. Employment should reach about 420, officials said.
The expansion at the TBMS won’t add any production space to the plant; it will be done inside. Work that was done elsewhere also has been moved to the plant. For example, some components that were being shipped from Kentucky are now made in house. And, the polyurethane foam used for the seats had been coming from Canada – that work is now being done at TBMS.
Teruo Suzuki, Toyota Boshoku America’s president and COO, said “we look forward to future growth and our continuous commitment to Itawamba County and the great state of Mississippi.”
Read more in Saturday’s Daily Journal.
Toyota Boshoku America is making an announcement Friday at its Toyota Boshoku Missisippi plant near Dorsey on Friday.
Gov. Phil Bryant will attend, joined by company executives, including Toyota Boshoku America President and COO Teruo Suzuki.
That usually involves some kind of expansion/investment and possibly new jobs. We’ll find out the details Friday.
Toyota Boshoku Mississippi makes doors, seat trim and interior components for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs, which builds the Corolla sedan.
TBA is a subsidiary of Toyota Boshoku group, one of the world’s premium interior systems suppliers and filter manufacturers that develops and produces interior components, filtration and powertrain components. The main office, Toyota Boshoku Corp., is based in Kariya City, Japan. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Toyota Boshoku America, and its affiliates employ more than 6,000 team members in 19 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. TBA group is a premier manufacturer of automotive interior systems, which include seat, door trim, headliner, substrate, and carpet in addition to air and oil filters for a variety of customers such as Toyota Motor Corporation and General Motors.
And that’s the case with Toyota, which said today its profit for the July-September quarter jumped 70 percent.
Those results were powered by a 12.2 percent jump in U.S. auto sales during the quarter, offsetting a drop in sales in Asia.
For the full year that ends in March, Toyota projects a profit of $16.95 billion, near its record profit in 2008 before the Great Recession’s impact hammered the auto industry.
And good news for North American production – which includes Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, which builds the Corolla: Toyota projects sales to increase to 2.63 million total vehicles, up from an earlier projection of 2.61 million.