Mazda, Toyota select Alabama for new USA auto manufacturing plant

Locations of major vehicle plants in Alabama

The joint venture represents a $1.6 billion investment that Mazda and Toyota plan to make with equal contributions. "Starting from 2021, I'm confident that we will run a highly competitive plant by bringing together the expertise of Toyota and Mazda as well as the excellent Alabama workforce".

"Alabama won a first place trophy today in being selected for that plant", said Dave Sullivan, product analysis manager at AutoPacific Inc., an automotive research company. Production is expected to begin by 2021.

The plant, which will build the Toyota Corolla along with other models, is a huge win for President administration which has made a point of stressing it would add manufacturing jobs, especially in the auto industry. " Elsewhere in the state, the auto industry continued to power forward in 2017".

The state of Alabama is the fifth largest producer of cars and light trucks nationally, with a strong automotive manufacturing presence.

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And in Talladega County, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama built a record number of Pilot SUVs, as part of a total output of 357,316 vehicles.

The plant is projected to employ about 4,000 workers and produce approximately 300,000 vehicles a year.

That's a familiar stage for Alabama-built Hondas.

USA sales of small cars fell almost 10 percent previous year as buyers continued a massive shift toward SUVs and pickup trucks. Toyota's existing engine plant in Huntsville employs 1,400 team members. And since the start of vehicle production in Alabama in 2001, Honda has built almost 4.5 million vehicles and engines.

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"The partnership between Mazda and Toyota will expand innovative automotive manufacturing in Alabama", Governor Ivey said.

The joint-venture plant will be Toyota's 11th USA manufacturing facility.

"One of the overriding things that we were continually bumping up against was the Toyota supply chain", Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland said. With the nation's most productive manufacturing workforce and No. 1 state workforce training program, Louisiana can make a compelling case for new investment.

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