New Toyota-Mazda plant will bring 4000 jobs to Alabama
New Toyota-Mazda plant will bring 4000 jobs to Alabama
SA loses out on new Toyota-Mazda factory, AP source says
11 January, 2018, 03:14
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.
- North Carolina appears to have lost out on its latest bid for a vehicle manufacturing plant, with numerous media outlets reporting that Toyota and Mazda plan to build a $1.6 billion plant in Alabama. That is a strong testament to the quality of the location, resources, people and government leadership that Alabama offers.
Toyota plans to build Corolla cars at the plant, while Mazda will build crossover SUVs.
Alabama is one of more than 20 USA states that bid to host the plant.
Alabama was tied with Tennessee as the fifth-largest producer of vehicles in the country past year, according to the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The partnership between Toyota and Mazda will expand innovative automotive manufacturing in 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. The facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs.
Toyota and Mazda's decision to locate in Limestone County is great news for Alabama and the Tennessee Valley! Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.6 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 - and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.
Trump praised the joint venture announcement, saying in August on Twitter: "Toyota & Mazda to build a new $1.6B plant here in the United States of America and create 4K new American jobs".
Toyota and Mazda in August announced plans for a new US factory, which will be able to build 300,000 vehicles per year and produce the Toyota Corolla compact auto starting in 2021.
But during the summer, Toyota President Akio Toyoda denied that Trump's views influenced his decision. The state got its first auto plant, Mercedes-Benz, 25 years ago.
States covet auto assembly plants because they typically pay above-average wages and spin off jobs at suppliers and service companies.
The plant is set to begin operation in 2021 when it will produce 30,000 vehicles a year and employ 4,000 workers. Southern U.S. states have the advantage of good transportation infrastructure, business-friendly regulators and generally anti-union politicians.
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