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BLUE SPRINGS • Toyota Mississippi is resuming production May 11, a week later than what officials were targeting. Along with other Toyota manufacturing facilities, the Blue Springs plant was preparing to reopen May 4.

But, said the Japanese automaker, “Based on an extensive review with our supplier and logistics network, Toyota will postpone its ramp up of its North American manufacturing operations from the week of May 4 to the week of May 11.

“As previously stated, Toyota intends to gradually resume its manufacturing operations in compliance with federal health and safety guidelines, and local and state ordinances. The health and safety of our employees and stakeholders remain a top priority and we have implemented new protocols at all of our North American manufacturing plants to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to follow all safety guidelines and monitor vehicle demand as we carefully ramp up production.”

Toyota Mississippi employs about 2,000 workers in Blue Springs, where it assembles the Corolla sedan.

dennis.seid@journalinc.com

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