Auto manufacturers support Japan relief effort

PHOTO: Members of the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association board recently presented a $5,000 donation to the Japan-America Society of Mississippi. Pictured are left to right (back row) Gina Daniels, executive director, Madison County Foundation, MAMA past president; David Boyer, MAMA Secretary, retired-Nissan; Dr. Roger King, director, Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, MAMA board; Tom Cook, of counsel, Copeland Cook Taylor Bush law firm, MAMA board; Marty Hopkins of Yates Services, MAMA board; (middle row, left to right) Barbara McDaniel, external and governmental affairs, Toyota, MAMA board; Dan Bednarzyk, VP of Manufacturing, Nissan-Canton, MAMA board; Dr. Peggy Coleman, Secretary, JASMIS; Derwood Boyles, honorary board member, JASMIS; Regina Boyles; (front row left to right) Dr. Paul Tashiro, president, JASMIS and Donald Stoegbauer, paint plant director, Nissan and 2011 MAMA president.

The Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association (MAMA) recently donated $5,000 for disaster relief to the Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASMIS). Funds will go directly to support the Sendai earthquake and tsunami disaster relief in Japan.

The ceremony was held at Mississippi State University's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension office in Canton.

"Providing this donation is one way that we in the automotive manufacturing business can do our part to help with relief and recovery in Japan," said Don Stoegbauer, Nissan paint plant director and 2011 MAMA president.

The Japan-America Society of Mississippi has established the JASMIS Japan Relief Fund for earthquake and tsunami relief. One hundred percent of all donations will be directed to relief agencies inside Japan, in collaboration with the National Association of Japan-America Societies and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville.

MAMA is the trade association of automotive manufacturers in the state of Mississippi. It has a membership of 60 companies, including Nissan, Toyota, and Tier one and two suppliers and support service companies that work within the automotive manufacturing industry.

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