Toyota starts hiring for new plant

By Carlie Kollath / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi is hiring.
As of Monday, Toyota.com had 27 salaried jobs listed for the auto manufacturer’s plant near Blue Springs. The jobs require a bachelor’s degree or the “equivalent experience.”
David Copenhaver, the vice president of administration for TMMMS, said he expects it will be another month before Toyota takes applications for production workers.
At the June restart celebration of the plant, officials said they plan to hire 2,000 employees to make the Japanese automaker’s popular Corolla compact sedan.
Suppliers are expected to hire another 2,000 people.
For this round of hiring, Copenhaver said the current jobs will be listed on Toyota.com until the end of the month. Prospective employees must apply online through the site.
He said people who were in the hiring process when the plant went on hold in 2008 will have to apply again.
Job openings on the site include security and fire protection specialist, paint maintenance group leader, chemical/mechanical engineer/ specialist and external affairs specialist.
Toyota’s site also lets people complete an electronic candidate profile. Based on the profile, Toyota can notify applicants via e-mail of future opportunities that may fit their career goals and qualifications.
Todd Beadles, vice president of work force development at the Community Development Foundation, said he’s happy for the update.
CDF has been fielding dozens of calls each day from people wanting a job with Toyota, he said. Beadles said the community colleges and the WIN Job Centers are getting a lot of calls too.
It’s unclear when hiring will start for the Toyota suppliers in the region. When Toyota in June announced it would move forward with its Mississippi plant, the suppliers, who had contracted to build the Highlander then the Prius, said they were waiting on Toyota to make sourcing decisions for the new vehicle.
On Sunday, Bloomberg reported that Toyota Boshoku was resuming construction of its plant in Itawamba County. The factory will start operations next year, Bloomberg said, citing the Nikkan Kogyo newspaper said. The newspaper did not provide a source for the information.
A representative at the plant on Monday directed calls to TB’s corporate office in Kentucky, where officials were unavailable for comment. This week is TB’s scheduled shutdown week.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.

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