Toyota Motor Corp. broke ground on its eighth North American manufacturing plant Wednesday, a 1.3 billion-dollar facility in Blue Springs, Mississippi.
The new plant will help the Japanese automaker expand its North American operations to 15 plants by 2010 with the annual capacity to build some 2.2 million cars and trucks, 1.45 million engines and 600,000 automatic transmissions.
"Our goal is to make a positive contribution to the community while beginning a new partnership with local citizens," Toyota president Katsuaki Watanabe said at the groundbreaking ceremony.
"We will make every effort to be the best business partner in Mississippi and thank Governor (Harley) Barbour and all citizens for their warm welcome."
The Mississippi plant will have a capacity of 150,000 vehicles and will produce Toyota's Highlander sports utility vehicle. Production is set to begin in 2010.
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