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Crockett County TVA Megasite makes Toyota's Final 5 List

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Crockett County's TVA Megasite located between Alamo and Jackson has made Toyota's final 5 list of sites for its next North American assembly plant.

Jackson Sun Article:

http://www.jacksonsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...005/1002/NEWS17

The site is in competition with two other sites of interest and benefit to Tennesseans, one in Chattanooga and one across the river from Memphis in Marion, Arkansas. For us in West Tennessee of course, either the Crockett County or Marion, Ark sites would be of most direct benefit for us and our region's economy. A manufacturing plant would not only bring thousands of direct jobs in the plant itself, but thousands more in the support plants that would locate in the region and by the resulting economic impact of those jobs across the regional economy in the commercial and residential sectors.

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Sounds good. I hope this time it pans out better than Marion's efforts a year ago.

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Over in the East TN forum in a thread on there megasite there was a link posted to the Chattanooga.com site that reported that Toyota had chosen to build a second plant in Ontario instead of chosing any plant off their US short list. The report cited that Canadian workers had better skill sets, education, and ability to be trained than the workers from the regions they were looking at in the US.

Now with that said, the article was pulled off the site within an hour; however here is a Canadian source that says the same thing:

http://www.cbc.ca/cp/business/050630/b0630102.html

The Canadian source states the same things as the Chattanoogan report, that cheaper to train and better trained workforce outweighed the incentives offered by any of the southern states, PLUS - Canada's universal healthcare system made employing workers 5-6 dollars an hour cheaper than in the US.

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Over in the East TN forum in a thread on there megasite there was a link posted to the Chattanooga.com site that reported that Toyota had chosen to build a second plant in Ontario instead of chosing any plant off their US short list. The report cited that Canadian workers had better skill sets, education, and ability to be trained than the workers from the regions they were looking at in the US.

Now with that said, the article was pulled off the site within an hour; however here is a Canadian source that says the same thing:

http://www.cbc.ca/cp/business/050630/b0630102.html

The Canadian source states the same things as the Chattanoogan report, that cheaper to train and better trained workforce outweighed the incentives offered by any of the southern states, PLUS - Canada's universal healthcare system made employing workers 5-6 dollars an hour cheaper than in the US.

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Good find.

Did some research Toyota already has a plant in Canada, actually two, one assembly and one wheel. So this plant announced awhile back would be its second plant. I think this all has been a misunderstanding started by the Chattanoogan.com site putting up a bad story that was up long enough to get legs. I assume the Chattanoogan.com might have saw the CBC story and thought it was talking about the 8th plant.

The question is why did the CBC run this story on Jan 8? I mean we all have known about that plant for awhile. WEIRD.

So false alarm.....we are still in the running with two sites in TN and one in NEARK. NC and SWVA are the other locations.

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