The Pontotoc County, Union County, Lee County Alliance (PUL Alliance) and elected officials of Northeast Mississippi join with Governor Haley Barbour in celebrating the start of production of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi.
“We have anxiously anticipated this day and are overjoyed to celebrate Toyota’s start of production with Governor Haley Barbour and Toyota’s team members,” said Wayne Stokes, Pontotoc County Board of Supervisors and PUL Alliance chairman.
“The PUL Alliance will continue to provide support to Toyota, and we look forward to a long, prosperous partnership with this company.”
Since its formation in September 2001, the PUL Alliance partnership marketed the Wellspring Project site that Toyota now calls home. From the start, PUL Alliance officials have provided support to Toyota and its suppliers, making sure that all commitments to the company were met, and that the workforce of Northeast Mississippi would be prepared when the time came to begin production of the Corolla in Blue Springs, Mississippi. “It is exciting to see the faces of Lee County residents who are members of the Toyota team,” said Joe McKinney, president of the Lee County Board of Supervisors. “The effects of Toyota are already being felt throughout our region, and we pledge our continued support as they grow and expand their presence in our communities.
”The start of production at Toyota Mississippi and its suppliers means the potential for 5,000 jobs in the Northeast Mississippi region. “The start of production for Union County’s newest corporate citizen is worthy of celebration, and we join with Toyota in applauding the work that has already been done by the quality workforce of Northeast Mississippi. Even more so, we look forward to the great work and the future economic impact that is yet to come,” said Danny Jordan, president of the Union County Board of Supervisors.