Mazda selects Alabama for $1.6 billion auto plant with 4000 jobs

Plant to build next-gen Corolla and unnamed Mazda CUV

In announcing plans for a new plant in August, Toyota said it would shift production of Corollas from Canada to the new venture rather than in Guanajuato and would build Tacoma pickups in Mexico instead.

The joint plant forms part of a plan unveiled by Toyota in January 2017 to invest $10 billion in the USA over the next five years.

The site for the new plant in Huntsville sits just 14 miles from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, which produces four-cylinder, V-6 and V-8 engines for several Toyota models. The facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs. The companies said they expect the plant to open in 2021.

The state has offered some road and bridge improvements around the new plan, Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said.

We are honored Alabama is truly honered to have been chosen for this project.

"We expect the new facility in Huntsville to act as a magnet for substantial new industry investment and job-creation."

Some reports say Toyota and Mazda were asking for an incentive package worth over a billion dollars.

Today's monumental announcement by President Akio Toyoda of the Toyota Corporation and President and CEO Masamichi Kogai of the Mazda Corporation is not a new commitment, but a continued commitment with proven world leaders in automotive ingenuity to the State of Alabama and our people.

For Mazda, the plant comes on line in a significant year that marks the start of the company's second century of operation and second half-century of sales in the U.S. The automaker is enhancing its commitment to the U.S. market and will focus efforts on manufacturing and increasing sales in the country.

"Mazda makes cars with a clear vision of how we want to inspire people, contribute to society and help preserve the beauty of the earth". The state produced nine percent of the cars made in the US, the center said.

But Alabama had history and a parts supply chain on its side.

Matt Bevin reportedly said that he would fight to bring a new $1.6 billion automaker plant to Kentucky, but now the joint venture between Toyota and Mazda is expected to go to Alabama.

The new plant -in a state Trump won by 28 points in 2016 - could be a political boost to the Republican president, who has urged automakers to build plants in the United States and add jobs.

About Toyota Toyota has been a part of the cultural fabric in the US and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands.

"With this announcement, our world changes overnight", Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said.

Folsom who helped land Mercedes in Tuscaloosa County believes the Toyota-Mazda deal will add even more growth to Alabama's booming auto manufacturing industry which so far has produced almost 60,000 jobs and millions of vehicles.

The plant will be located in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County.

USA states covet auto assembly plants because they typically pay above-average wages and spin off jobs at suppliers and service companies.



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