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July 30, 2010

GOVERNOR BARBOUR ANNOUNCES TOYOTA SUPPLIER WILL RESTART OPERATIONS IN BALDWYN

Governor Haley Barbour announced today that Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc., the U.S. operations of Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd., will move forward with its plans to provide stamped parts, body weld parts and plastic parts to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi plant at Blue Springs. The $200 million facility in Baldwyn will employ close to 300 people.

“It’s great news that Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi will restart its operations in Mississippi and provide support for the Toyota manufacturing plant in Blue Springs,” Governor Barbour said. “We expect more suppliers to begin work and create jobs as the auto plant prepares to start production. Toyota and its suppliers have been committed partners throughout this process, and I appreciate their dedication to our state.”

In June, Toyota announced that it would resume operations at its 10th North American manufacturing facility at Blue Springs. APMM’s start of production will coincide with the start-up of Toyota’s new Corolla plant in fall of 2011.

The first Toyota supplier to announce in July of 2007, the company’s 516,700-square-foot facility is its first in the U.S. TAB, based in Kariya-city, Japan, is 56.03 percent owned by Toyota Motor Corporation and is part of the Toyota Group of Companies. TAB manufactures auto and special vehicle bodies and parts and has nearly 13,500 employees globally.