By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
BLUE SPRINGS – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi has wrapped up most of its hiring and is closing the application process for its production team.
“We opened up the hiring process last August and now we’re pleased to say we’ve identified all of the production team members for both shifts,” said Toyota Mississippi Vice President of Administration David Copenhaver.
Those team members – what Toyota calls its employees – are awaiting final offers and their start dates, he said.
And that doesn’t mean TMMMS isn’t still looking for more workers. The 2 million-square-foot plant still needs skilled maintenance workers.
But as far as hourly production employees, the plant has what it needs. Employment at the plant is now 1,244 and growing. Many new hires are being trained, and groups of 50 at a time are being added through December, Copenhaver said.
“The good news is our workforce came though,” he added.
More than 40,000 people have applied for Toyota positions.
About 1,500 workers are expected to be working by the end of the year. When the plant reaches optimal production, about 2,000 will be employed.
Toyota Mississippi will produce the automaker’s popular Corolla sedan starting sometime this month. An official “line-off” ceremony will be in November.
Asked when the first sellable Corollas will roll off the assembly line, Copenhaver said, “pretty soon.”
As for those who applied for positions with Toyota but weren’t called this time, Copenhaver said the applications will be kept for two years.
Applicants can check their information online at anytime, and Copenhaver said that as employees leave by attrition or other reasons, Toyota will review the applications.