Toyota set to release job details on Monday

TUPELO – For the thousands of people hoping to land one of the 2,000 production jobs at Toyota’s Blue Springs plant, Monday will be an important day.
That’s when Gov. Haley Barbour and officials of the Mississippi Development Authority will release details about how to apply.
An MDA spokeswoman declined to comment about Monday’s meeting, which will be at 10 a.m. at Itawamba Community College’s Belden campus. But officials at the Pontotoc Union Lee, or PUL, Alliance meeting on Tuesday said a special announcement is planned at ICC-Belden.
Toyota announced in June that it was restarting work at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, where it will roll out the popular Corolla sedan in fall of 2011.
About 2,000 workers are expected to be employed at TMMMS when production hits full operation in 2012. Suppliers are expected to employ another 2,000 workers.
Applications will be handled through the Mississippi Department of Employment Security’s WIN Job Centers. Since Toyota’s June announcement, MDES has been working to ensure that it can handle the expected heavy volume of applicants.
A spokesman for MDES said recently that applicants also will be able to apply for jobs from any computer, including from their homes.
More details will be released Monday.
James Williams, ICC’s vice president of economic and community service, said the school once again will be involved in assessment and training for Toyota. ICC did the same thing in 2007, after Toyota’s initial announcement that it was building TMMMS.
As many as 400,000 people are expected to apply for the production jobs at Toyota. Last month, about 5,000 people applied for 37 salaried positions at the plant.
Contact Dennis Seid at (662) 678-1578 or dennis.seid@djournal.com.

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