TOYOTA AND NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI: TOGETHER FORWARD

Half a world away in Tokyo, while most of Northeast Mississippi was still asleep late Feb. 26, the board of directors of Toyota Motor Corp. officially gave its final stamp of approval for a project that likely will forever change the landscape of the region.

Then all eyes turned to Tupelo, where on Tuesday morning federal, state and local leaders, joined by Toyota officials, officially announced that the company was building a $1.3 billion vehicle assembly plant at the Wellspring Project megasite near Blue Springs, 10 miles northwest of Tupelo.

Production is expected to begin in 2010 on the 1,700-acre site, which was chosen over locations in Arkansas and Tennessee.

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Feb. 28

Interstate 22 and the railroad

Toyota-Alabama

TOYOTA – PLACES NOT PICKED

Toyota in North America

Higher education has important role to play

Ready or not, region faces change with Toyota

Toyota announcement ensures bright future for THS class of 2007, beyond

MARTY RUSSELL: A life lesson: Never throw away your Godzilla

Want to work for Toyota? Be patient.

Regional approach spreads the wealth

Highlander is Toyota's most popular SUV

Toyota special session could be Friday

EDITORIAL: Barbour delivered under self-created pressure

EDITORIAL: The Toyota generation

Toyota-Mississippi partnership helped cement decision

It’s official: Toyota taps Wellspring

Feb. 27

Japanese automaker picks Wellspring

Legislators: We're ready to help

Toyota looks golden in the U.S.

‘The deal of the century’ arrives

Feb. 26, 2006

BREAKING NEWS: Toyota picks Wellsprings