By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
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 meant 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 work force came though,” he added.
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 held in November.
Asked when the first salable 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.
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