Rush on for Toyota line jobs

Nearly 600 people filled out job applications Monday for work assembling Toyota Corollas when the company opens its plant more than a year from now.

It was the company’s first effort to find workers to help open the plant.

Last month, 5,000 people applied for 37 salaried positions at the Blue Springs plant, Toyota officials said.

The automaker expects to have 1,500 employees within the next two years, Toyota spokeswoman Barbara McDaniel said.

“When we start production next fall, we will begin with one shift, and then after the first shift is up and running, we would bring on other team members,” McDaniel said.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, 592 completed applications were filed with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, said LaRaye Brown, a spokeswoman for the department.