JANUARY 4, 2007 - Posted at 4:06 p.m. CST
JANUARY 4, 2007 - Posted at 12:59 p.m. CST
MARION, AR - The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Marion is one of two sites being considered for a new Toyota automobile assembly plant.
An article on page A3, with an accompanying map, says Marion is in the running for a plant with the capacity to manufacture 200,000 units of a new version of Toyota's Highlander SUV. It says the plant would be operational by 2009. Chattanooga, Tennessee, is listed as the other prime candidate, with a location near Alamo, Tennessee, and an unspecified site in North Carolina in the running behind Marion and Chattanooga.
Hino Motors, a subsidiary of Toyota, already operates a truck parts plant in Marion. That facility opened in 2006.