State Officials Vow to Continue Luring Toyota to Crittenden County Despite Recent Setback

MAY 12, 2005 - Posted at 3:58 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Word from state economic development officials today is that reports that Toyota will build its next North American plant in Canada won't deter eastern Arkansas' pursuit of a Toyota assembly plant.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Toyota's board of directors will be asked to site its next plant in Ontario.  Arkansas development officials have been promoting Marion to Toyota and other automakers.  The region includes access to four major railroads, two cross-country interstates, a major airport and the Mississippi River.

Hino Motors, which is a Toyota subsidiary, plans to open a parts plant in Marion that will employ 280.  The plant is under construction near the site touted as an assembly plant.

Sources have told the Associated Press that an assembly plant is assured for somewhere near the parts plant, though the timing isn't known.

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