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. 26, 2006