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Important Dates In MMNA History
October 1985
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Diamond-Star Motors (DSM) is incorporated

Normal, Illinois is selected as the site location

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April 1986
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Ground is broken for the new facility
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June 1986
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First employee is hired
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August 1986
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First steel beam is erected
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March 1988
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Diamond-Star facility completed two months ahead of schedule
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September 1988
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Product launch of the first two commercial cars (Job 1) Ė Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe and Plymouth Laser coupe
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November 1988
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Official grand opening ceremony
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April 1989
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UAW Local 2488 charter established
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May 1989
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Second shift begins work six months ahead of schedule
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August 1989
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First UAW contract ratified
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October 1991
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Mitsubishi purchases Chryslerís share in DSM
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July 1995
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Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America, Inc. replaces Diamond-Star Motors as company name
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October 1995
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MMMA celebrates production of 1,000,000th vehicle, first Eclipse Spyder convertible and 10 Year Anniversary
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October 1996
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MMMA creates Supplier Diversity Program
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June 1997
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MMMA adopts corporate Mission Statement after involving more than 80% of employees in identifying core, guiding values
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November 1998
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Rich Gilligan hired as Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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November 1999
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MMMA achieves ISO 9002 certification

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March 2000
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DaimlerChrysler announced it was taking a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, the parent company of MMMA
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May 2000
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Hirao Iijima becomes President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MMMA
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June 2000
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MMMA President & CEO Hirao Iijima and MMMA Executive Vice President (EVP) & COO Rich Gilligan are named to the newly established North American Operations Committee to oversee the joint operations of MMMA, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc. (MMSA), Mitsubishi Research & Design of America (MRDA) and Mitsubishi Motors America (MMA)
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November 2000
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MMMA breaks ground for plant expansion to house equipment and tooling to build a new Mitsubishi SUV as part of Project America
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February 2001
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MMMA celebrates assembly of 2,000,000th vehicle
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April 2001
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MMMA achieves ISO 14001 certification
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January 2002
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MMMA renamed Mitsubishi Motors North America Manufacturing Division (MMNA)
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January, 2003
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Launch of Endeavor SUV.  MMNA is now mass producing six different models on one assembly line.
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April, 2003
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Ground is broken for assembly shop expansion, increasing size of MMNA Manufacturing to 2.4 million square feet.
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June, 2003
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MMNA ranked number one North American manufacturer in assembly productivity by Harbour and Associates.
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April 2004
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MMNA-built Dodge Stratus wins J.D. Power Initial Quality Gold Award.  Mitsubishi Galant wins Initial Quality Bronze Award.
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February 2005
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Dodge Stratus coupe and Chrysler Sebring coupe completed production at MMNA Manufacturing facility.
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May 2005
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Mitsubishi Endeavor awarded Silver Award in J.D. Power IQS survey for midsize SUV segment.
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October 2005
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MMNA hosts first Mitsubishi Owner's Day at MMNA, Manufacturing Division.
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May 2007
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Mitsubishi Eclipse earns Car & Driver Gold Star of Approval.
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June 2008
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Mitsubishi Galant awarded Silver Award in J.D. Power IQS survey for midsize car segment.
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January 2009
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MMNA, Manufacturing Division named "Company of the Year" by On Wheels, Inc. at the Annual Urban Wheel Awards honoring organizations for diversity in the auto industry.
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October 2009
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MMNA celebrates assembly of 3,000,000th vehicle.
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