Northeast Miss. Waits for Toyota to Deliver on Promises

TUPELO, Miss. – Oh, what a wait. This month marks a year since Toyota delayed the start of operations at its new $1.3 billion vehicle manufacturing plant off U.S. 78 in Blue Springs.

The delay has put on hold nearly 2,000 jobs and an expected economic boom for Northeast Mississippians, who are biding their time as Toyota continues to reaffirm its commitment.

“We’re confident that it’s not a matter of ‘if’ (operations will start), but it’s a matter of ‘when,’” said Barbara McDaniel, spokeswoman for Toyota’s North American operations.

Memphis Daily News
Dec. 1, 2009