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Toyota Motor Corp, the largest Japanese automaker, on Thursday announced the start of Corolla production at its newest U.S. auto plant in Blue Springs – Mississippi.

The $800 million facility will employ nearly 2,000 people and will build the Corolla, which is the best-selling car of all time.

It is the 14th plant in North America for the Japanese automaker, which builds 12 different vehicles in the United States, including the Camry, RAV4 and Tacoma pickup. Together, they account for nearly 70 percent of Toyota’s U.S. sales.

“Building vehicles where we sell them helps us be even closer to our customers,” said Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda. “The U.S. market remains a key to Toyota’s overall success, and Toyota Mississippi will play an important role for us here.”

The new Blue Springs plant is the only place in the US the Corolla will be built, according to the company. It’s capable of rolling out 150,000 cars every year.