500,000th Mississippi-Built Corolla Rolls off Line
Since 2011, employees at the Toyota Mississippi facility in Blue Springs have been hard at work building brand new Corollas for the North American market. And yesterday, their hard work paid off as the 500,000th Corolla built by that plant rolled off the production line. This makes Toyota Mississippi the fastest facility to accomplish this production milestone.
“The 500,000th Corolla vehicle is a milestone we’re excited to be celebrating,” commented Fred Volf, Toyota Mississippi, vice president of manufacturing. “We are proud to produce the Corolla, and it wouldn’t have been accomplished without the 2,000 dedicated team members who support this operation.”
In 2014 alone, Toyota Mississippi produced almost 180,000 Corolla sedans, and the sedan managed to keep its title as the world’s best-selling nameplate. In its four years in Mississippi, Toyota has created close to 3,700 jobs both at the facility itself and through its suppliers. Additionally, the Japanese automaker has invested close to $1.26 billion to Mississippi’s economy. Always the giver, Toyota has donated over $700 million to non-profits across the state, including Habitat for Humanity, NAACP, Catch Kids, Inc., and many more.
As 2015 continues, we expect to see at least 180,000 Corollas made in Mississippi, and perhaps even more.