BLUE SPRINGS, Miss., Dec. 12, 2017 — Nov. 2007… our first team member was hired; Nov. 2011… our first Corolla was built; Nov. 2017… our first decade was celebrated; today… our one millionth Mississippi-build Toyota Corolla rolled off the line.
Just weeks after Toyota Mississippi treated North Mississippi to a free concert to say thanks for 10 years, team members cheered today as the one-millionth Corolla was driven off the production line.
“To think this all started with one – one team member, one team, one car, and now the one millionth Corolla is rolling off our line – is incredible,” stated Sean Suggs, vice president of manufacturing. “This is another feather in the cap of Toyota’s 1,500 team members who come together each day to produce ever-better Corollas. Our team members are the foundation of our success.”
From the first team member hired to the first car built to the one millionth car built, Toyota’s first decade in Mississippi has been a great ride.
Aaron Foster, Toyota general manager, and one of the original team members hired at Toyota Mississippi, said, “I was excited to join Toyota in my home state 10 years ago. One million Corollas later, I am proud to be a part of this great team.”
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.
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