Gov. Haley Barbour, state and local officials, and team members from Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi (APMM) celebrated the start of production today of the company’s new facility in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex in Baldwyn.
APMM, the North American subsidiary of Toyota Auto Body, is a tier-one supplier for the Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Miss. On Thursday, the new Toyota manufacturing facility celebrated the roll-out of the first Corolla produced. “I appreciate the investment in Mississippi made by APMM and Toyota’s suppliers,” Gov. Barbour said. “Companies supporting the Toyota plant will bring more than 1,000 jobs to our state immediately, on its way to 2,000 jobs. This would not have happened without the dedicated workforce we have in Mississippi, and I know workers at Toyota, APMM and all of the other companies are ready to get to work producing parts for this best-selling vehicle.”APMM, which currently employs 340 workers, provides stamped parts, body weld parts and plastic parts for TMMMS.
Once APMM ramps up to full capacity, it will produce parts for 150,000 vehicles annually. “The fact that we were able to start production is thanks to the cooperation and guidance of many people, including Governor Barbour and the CDF (Community Development Foundation), as well as other local supporters and affiliates of the Toyota Group,” said Toyota Auto Body Chairman Toshio Mizushima. “Our goal is to continually improve to achieve good car manufacturing performance, increase the company value of APMM, and contribute to the invigoration of the regional economy.”
“I congratulate APMM on this milestone achievement, and I thank the company for creating somany new jobs in Baldwyn and for its investment in our state,” said Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Leland Speed. “This has been a big week for Mississippi – with the Toyota plant and now APMM and other Toyota suppliers starting production – and I look forward to watching these companies thrive in north Mississippi.”Gov. Barbour also toured Diversity-Vuteq and Toyota Boshoku Mississippi’s (TBMS’s) facilities – both suppliers for Toyota – and visited with the companies’ employees as part of the festivities surrounding the start of production at Toyota. Diversity-Vuteq, located in New Albany, will provide injection molded parts and assemble the deckboard and various component parts for the Corolla, such as the windows. TBMS’s facility, located in Fulton, will produce the seats and door trim for the Corolla.