That will make Toyota and related enterprises one of the largest employers in north Mississippi before the first car is produced.
David Copenhaver, TMMMS vice president of administration, said major construction at the 2 million-square-foot plant is complete.
All the new jobs—whether direct Toyota hires or through contractors and Tier 1 suppliers like Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi in Baldwyn—will be a healthy wage, and monthly regionwide economic impact will be measured in millions of dollars before production begins.
The production and maintenance jobs at TMMMS will pay between $15 and $25 an hour, while the average manufacturing wage in the region is about $13 an hour, all plus benefits.
Nearly 17,800 people have applied for the hourly positions at TMMMS, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Those 17,800 people are roughly equal interestingly to the total manufacturing employment of the PUL Alliance area (Pontotoc, Union and Lee counties) in 2009: 17,690 jobs, reported by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. PUL is the legal entity formed to promote an auto assembly plant in the region.
The growth on-site makes the reliability of the Corolla brand increasingly important in the region’s mindset. By small-car standards, it is an old reliable, introduced in 1966 and first sold in the U.S. in 1968.
At full production employment of 2,000, TMMMS will be linked to one of the largest single-company networks in North America with 35,000 employees, investment valued at more than $23 billion, and annual purchasing of materials, goods and services from North American suppliers at more than $25 billion.
The Mississippi Development Authority projects that full production at the Toyota plant will lead to 7,000 direct and indirect jobs, equivalent to one of Northeast Mississippi’s typical small cities.