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Toyota shifting Corolla production from Canada to Mexico

Toyota Motor Corp. will spend $1 billion to invest in an assembly plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, moving production of the Corolla sedan from its plant in Cambridge, Ontario. Corolla production will continue at its Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs. The factory in Mexico will  employ 2,000 workers and will build as many as  200,000 cars a year. Production […]

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Posted in Automotive news, Blue Springs, Business news, Economic development, International, Manufacturing, National, Northeast Mississippi, Toyota, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi0 Comments

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VIP Cinema Seating in New Albany doubling capacity

VIP Cinema Seating, which touts itself as the world’s largest manufacturer of premium cinema seating, announced a major production expansion that will double the company’s manufacturing capacity “while maintaining VIP’s commitment to made-in-the-U.S.A. quality.”  Says the company: The move came in response to growing customer demand. When VIP introduced the concept of luxury reclining seating to […]

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Avectus Healthcare in Corinth expanding again

From the Mississippi Development Authority:  Officials from data processor Avectus Healthcare Solutions, LLC announce the company is expanding operations in Corinth. The project represents a $400,000 investment and will create 70 new jobs, bringing the total number employed at the facility to approximately 270. In September, Avectus Healthcare announced an expansion to accommodate an increase […]

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Pillbury Doughboy creator dead at 89

The Chicago Tribune reports that Rudolph R. Perz, a Chicago ad man most famous for creating the Pillsbury Doughboy, has died. He was 89.  Perz developed the iconic spokesboy in his early years at Chicago advertising agency Leo Burnett. The Pillsbury Doughboy, otherwise known as Poppin’ Fresh, was created in 1965 and is still used in […]

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Staples in Tupelo to close this summer

Office supplier Staples is closing its Tupelo store in July.  Employees have been telling customers that the lease has expired and the store is not renewing its lease. Located in the Cross Creek Shopping Center that also is home to PetSmart, Home Depot, Cracker Barrel, Beltone and Urgent Team, Staples opened its nearly 24,000-square-foot store in February […]

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New UH-72 Lakota helicopter trainer delivered to US Army

From Airbus Helicopters comes the news that it has delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72-A Lakota helicopter configured to be its initial-entry training helicopter. According to Airbus, seven Lakotas  “have been modified to the training configuration and fielded to Fort Rucker, in preparation for the Lakota’s formal introduction into the training curriculum in […]

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Yokohama’s plant in West Point on schedule, near completion

The $300 million Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi plant in West Point in nearing completion, officials said today. The plant also has hired 170 workers, and expects to have about 300 of its planned 500 workers employed by the end of the year. According to a press release, the roughly 1 million-square-foot factory “is on target to […]

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