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Auto supplier to bring 50 jobs to state

An auto parts manufacturer will be increasing their production in Lee County and with the increase, they will invest $100 million while creating 50 jobs.

“Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi’s growth in Lee County is strong indicator the state’s automotive industry continues to gain momentum and will be a major economic driver in North Mississippi and throughout the state,” said Governor Phil Bryant.

The Tier 1 automotive supplier is located in Guntown and produces stamped auto parts, body weld parts, and plastic parts. The company’s expansion is set to accommodate the increased production for the 2019 Toyota Corolla, which is produced at Toyota Mississippi in Blue Springs. In addition, APMM, which is owned by Toyota Auto Body Co., LTD, is working to retool its facility and investing in workforce training.

“We appreciate the state of Mississippi and Lee County for their continued support to APMM,” said APMM President Hidehiro Kuwabara. “This investment is very important to our future and our commitment to our community.”

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for workforce training. Lee County is providing assistance in the form of ad valorem tax exemptions.

“APMM’s expansion creating dozens of new careers for Mississippians in Lee County is a direct result of teamwork driving Toyota Mississippi’s growth in Blue Springs to produce the 2019 Corolla,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We salute the leadership of the Community Development Foundation and the Lee County Board of Supervisors who worked with the MDA team to assist APMM as it grows, strengthening the automotive industry in North Mississippi.”

APMM currently employs approximately 400 workers in Lee County. The company expects to fill the new positions by December 2018. APMM said they are accepting applications through local employment agencies Express Employment Professionals, Resource Manufacturing and Kelly Services.

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