New Toyota-Mazda factory to be built in Alabama

Gladys Abbott
January 11, 2018

It is to be able to build 300,000 vehicles per year and will produce the Toyota Corolla compact auto for North America and a new small SUV from Mazda, the companies have said. I am pleased this new facility will eventually bring 4,000 new jobs and significant economic growth to our state.

Governor Ivey, speaking at an event in Alabama's capital city, welcomed the automakers to the state and said she looks forward to a long-lasting relationship that will spark a ripple effect of other investment and employment through automotive suppliers.

FILE- In this August 4, 2017, file photo, logos of Toyota Motor Corp., bottom, and Mazda Motor Corp., top, are placed prior to a news conference in Tokyo. The fact that Toyota and Mazda picked Alabama is indicative of the hard work and commitment Alabama has made to become the pacesetter in the automobile manufacturing industry.

San Antonio was hoping to attract the plant, which will be built in the Huntsville area and will employ about 4,000 people.

US President Donald Trump a year ago tweeted criticism of Toyota for planning to build a factory in Mexico to distribute to the US market. This exciting investment in North Alabama not only comes with 4,000 new direct jobs, but also an economic impact that will be felt across the state for many years to come.

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.

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The plant also will make Mazda the most recent automaker to establish a final assembly plant in the United States.

A year ago, President-elect Trump criticized Toyota and threatened hefty tariffs against the Japanese automaker if it built its Corolla sedan for the US market in Mexico. Toyota and Mazda's decision validates what many of us in Alabama already know.

"With this announcement, our world changes overnight", Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. "It vaults Alabama to the top as an industry leader in producing the next generation of cars that will power our nation".

It's now official - Huntsville, Ala. has been selected by Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation as the site of their new $1.6 billion joint-venture auto manufacturing plant.

The Alabama Department of Commerce shows 150 of the large automotive suppliers operate in the state, providing the logistical strength that Kristin Dziczek, a researcher at the Center for Automotive Research in MI, said helped land the plant.

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.

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