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Toyota Supplier Hosts First Company Gathering

July 3, 2012

Dennis Seid


Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi shut down operations this weekend, but for a good reason.

The supplier for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs, APMM held its inaugural "Family Day" on Saturday at its sprawling facility.

APMM stopped making parts for the day to gather more than 600 team members and family members for a company-wide picnic.

"Family Day was to celebrate us being a a new company, having started in October, and to share with our new team members who we are and what we do," said Human Resources Director Perry Walker. "And it was a chance to show the kids what mom and dad do and where they work."

APMM, a subsidiary of Toyota Auto Body, employs some 380 workers at its plant in the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex. An additional team of about 40 employees from company parent Toyota Auto Body Japan serves in advisory and training roles at the plant.

APMM supplies metal frame parts, instrument panels and front and rear bumpers for TMMMS, which builds the popular Toyota Corolla compact sedan.

Walker said Family Day included tours of APMM, in addition to activities for kids and adults on company grounds.

"We also provided food and lots of water," he said. "It was hot."

The event will be held yearly, Walker added.

Source: (c)2012 the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.)

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