Toyota: `I Think They Were Just Lying Low'

It was a red, white, and blue rally at the high school in tiny Princeton, Ind., as Toyota Motor Corp. announced it would build a truck plant in nearby cornfields. Huge signs along U.S. Route 41, including a 20-foot inflatable Uncle Sam, bade welcome to the auto maker and the 1,300 jobs it will bring. The Princeton Marching Band trumpeted fight music, and a pumped-up crowd that included World War II veterans wearing American Legion hats shouted: "T-O-Y-O-T-A!" Governor Evan Bayh stood next to Toyota President Hiroshi Okuda and placed Toyota's logo on a giant map showing the company's North American locations. The crowd roared.

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