The Lee County Board of Supervisors and elected officials from the City of Baldwyn are pleased to announce that Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi will resume production at its manufacturing facility in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex. The Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi plant will provide stamped parts, body weld parts, and plastic parts to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi plant at the Wellspring Project site in Blue Springs, MS. The $200 million facility is expected to open in the fall of 2011, to coincide with the start of production at Toyota’s facility.
Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi will be the very first North American headquarters of Toyota Auto Body (TAB). TAB, based in Kariya-city, Japan, is 56.03 percent owned by Toyota Motor Corporation and is part of the Toyota Group of Companies. TAB manufactures auto and special vehicle bodies and parts and has nearly 13,500 global employees. TAB assembles several vehicles for Toyota, including the Prius, Land Cruiser, and Lexus LX470.
In July 2007, Toyota Auto Body became the first automotive supplier to Toyota to announce its location. The facility will be run by president Akitsugu Ishiguro.
Response from Officials:
“We stayed committed to this outstanding company and never lost faith that they would start production when the time was right,” said Darrell Rankin, president of the Lee County Board of Supervisors. “Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi has fulfilled every commitment made to Lee County and Baldwyn, and together we look forward to the impact this company will make on our local economy.”
“This is an exceptional company and we could not be any more excited for them to resume operations at this plant in our community,” said Michael James, mayor of the City of Baldwyn. “We knew that it was not a matter of if, but when production would start.”
“We applaud Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi’s decision to restart operations at its facility in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex,” said Billy Crews, Community Development Foundation chairman. “On behalf of the 1,400 members of CDF, we thank you for your continued investment in the people of Lee County.”