First anniversary of Toyota Plant in Tupelo, MS

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This is about Toyota’s newest plant in North America, in Tupelo, MS. It has several surprising features, such as:

“Instead of the usual air hoses, electrical wiring and other assembly equipment hanging above their heads, everything comes up from the floor. That clears the space above workers for what Toyota calls a “blue sky” approach, where everything is at or near eye-level.”

The reason you usually do the opposite is that it gives you more flexibility to change the layout. Utilities provided from above are easier to relocate than if they come out the concrete floor.

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