• Feb 27, 2007

As Toyota continues its quest for world domination, they've chosen a location in northeastern Mississippi to build a new $800 million plant. The location, known as the Wellspring Project Megasite, is situated well for heavy manufacturing and was surely shopped hard to big industry like automotive manufacturing. The plant is likely to build SUVs, and we'll know for sure when all the politicians, local officials and Toyota representatives formally announce the plant today. Tupelo High School will be left reeling from the hullabaloo that will ensue, we're sure.

At a time of uncertainty and job cuts, It bodes well that Toyota is adding more jobs for US workers. Target production is 150,000 vehicles yearly when the plant is up and running in 2009. Say what you will about Toyota "invading" the US and dethroning our auto industry, we're happy to see US workers getting offered some relief. So many other industries have moved to other countries, taking good blue-collar opportunities with them. Mississippi also just recently attracted Nissan to build a plant in Canton, MS, so at least it looks like some of those laid off GM, Ford, and DCX workers will have someplace to go. We hear there's less snow than in Detroit, too.


Thanks for the tip, Guy!

[Source:djournal.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      17 - It's all perception, I suppose. Seeing as I am more of a domestic auto kind of guy, I take the domestic industry bashing a little more personally than I suppose you do. I think the Ford bashing on autoblog.com has gotten WAY out of hand. Aside from the racists who weigh in with the occasional "jap" or "ricer" comments I believe that Ford gets it way worse than Toyota here. Your mileage may vary.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ha Ha Ha Ha, I do so enjoy the people I have pissed off here today. GM WHO, when you rollover (if you can) tonight to your blow up doll, oops I mean wife, and you can't perform for the usual 3 minutes please blame the mean man (me if you can't figure that out either) from the internet today for your evident performance problems. I would like to see you and Charlie (I figure I could twist numbers around to make you look rich and have an IQ) in front of my Tahoe (I'm sure both of you are only about grill high) because that beautiful bowtie would look great in your forehead. Ha Ha Ha. To big rocket (we know, little ding a ling, ha ha ha) say hi to your hairy wife who is smarter than you for me. Peace.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are we all going to be rooting for Toyota when they move or let go people when they can't compete with China in 10-15 years?
      • 7 Years Ago
      ". They are assmebled from parts B R O U G H T H E R E F R O M J A P A N"

      You're just wrong. The parts are not necessarily from Japan, and as I stated, there are several "japanese" cars that have a higher percentage of American made parts than some "american" cars.

      I don't know what to say other than that you're just completely wrong. Look at the facts:
      http://www.automotiveaddicts.com/inthenews/07-10-06.html
      http://www.boston.com/cars/news/articles/2006/09/24/made_in_america_hard_to_tell/

      Toyota Sienna: 85% American parts, assembled in america
      Toyota Camry: 80% American parts, assembled in america
      Jeep Liberty: 74% American parts, assembled in america
      Chevy Impala: 92% american parts, but assembled in Canada

      So which are the american cars?... you ignorant, redneck, douche-nozzle
      • 7 Years Ago
      It never ceases to amaze me how many of the "proud, patriotic and true americans" in these comments share the same economic of Hugo Chavez and other banana republic socialists....
      • 7 Years Ago
      My advice to laid off autoworkers, Leave your union mentalities in Detroit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, how "stupid" of Toyota to build a plant where land and labor are cheap...they should instead put their plant in the middle of California where land might run 2 or 3 times the cost of this plant site in rural Ms.

      I don't know why the AutoBlog article doesn't just say it...the proposed site is near Tupelo, Ms....more famous for being Elvis Presley's birthplace. Two other sites that were considered to be in the running, and apparently they are unaware they no longer are: Marion,Ak.(just across the river from Memphis, Tn.) and a site outside Chattanooga, Tn.)
      • 7 Years Ago
      When Toyota, Nissan, and Honda build plants in the US, the domestic apologists complain bitterly. When these same companies build plants back in Japan, no complaints.

      Sad to say, segregation and apartheid mentalities still run deep.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM Who: you said in an earlier post that Toyota only makes 5 suv's. WRONG.

      4-Runner
      FJ Cruiser
      Highlander
      Highlander Hybrid
      Land Cruiser
      Rav4
      Seqoia
      Tacoma
      Tundra

      Lexus
      GX470
      LX470
      RX350
      RX400h

      and you stated Honda has 3. Again, Wrong.
      CRv
      Element
      Pilot
      Ridgeline

      Acura:
      MDX
      RDX
      • 7 Years Ago
      # 36 is a complete asswhole...........the PARENT COMPANY IS OVER SEAS............THATS WHERE YOUR 3.35 AND HOUR JOB AT WALMART MONEY IS GOING TOO! YOU SHIT STAIN!
      Ed
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just have to ask....Why would you post this since this blog's only reason is to bash the crap out of Toyota. Once again the haters here will find something bad to say about a very GOOD thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds like the laws of supply and demand at work to me.
      When Toyota starts making cars that no one wants to buy, of mediocre build quality and undesirable design, and their workforce has bloated to the point of financial un-sustainability, maybe they will move production out of the US like others have. Then yet another aspect of the consumeristic US economy can once again be put at the mercy of a foreign dollar and more people will be put out of work so that they can complain about it.
      If you don't like it, don't buy it. Let smarter people buy stuff that lasts longer and works better.
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