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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.
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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 »
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 »
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi is cranking out the Corolla, the world’s best-selling car.
According to figures compiled by trade publication Automotive News, the plant in Blue Springs built 157,947 Corollas last year. That’s an increase of nearly 22 percent from the 129,602 built in 2012, the plant’s first full year of production.
Toyota Mississippi built its first car in October 2011. It’s original annual production capacity was 150,000 vehicles.
The plant will begin exporting Corollas to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in April
Toyota said the shipments are expected to build upon its all-time record export of more than 124,000 U.S.- assembled vehicles to 21 global markets in 2012, an increase of 45 percent over the previous year.
Shipments will begin in April, and Toyota said it expects to ship about 7,500 in the region this year.
Auto sales in the U.S. finished strong in December, wrapping up 2013 with nearly 16 million in sales. That’s a 50 percent increase from 2009, when sales hit 10.4 million, a 25-year low, as the Great Recession took hold of the economy and the industry.
And it’s the best showing since 2007, when sales last hit 16 million-plus.
According to preliminary figures, the big winners in December, percentage-wise were Nissan (up 11 percent), Chrysler (up 6 percent) and Ford (up 2 percent)
Toyota was down 1.7 percent for the month but up 7 percent for the year. GM‘s December sales were down 6 percent, but were up 7 percent for the year.
Sales of the Toyota Corolla, made at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs, dropped nearly 9 percent in December to 22,562, but for the year were up nearly 4 percent at 302,180.
Corolla sales last year was the first time since 2008 – when 351,007 were sold – that sales hit 300,000 o more. Peak year of sales in the U.S. for the Corolla was in 2006, with 387,388 sold. Read the rest of this entry »
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.