Joint-Venture Mazda/Toyota Plant Coming to Alabama
The Engineer posted on January 11, 2018 | 858 views
Following today's press conference, the speakers joined together to celebrate the announcement (left to right): Secretary Greg Canfield, Mazda Motor Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Masamichi Kogai, Alabama Govornor Kay Ivey, Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough. (Image courtesy of Toyota.)
Following today's press conference, the speakers joined together to celebrate the announcement (left to right): Secretary Greg Canfield, Mazda Motor Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Masamichi Kogai, Alabama Govornor Kay Ivey, Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough. (Image courtesy of Toyota.)
Mazda and Toyota have selected Huntsville, Ala as the site of their new joint-venture manufacturing plant.

The new plant will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles annually, with production split evenly between two lines for each company: one to produce Mazda’s new crossover model for the North American market, and one for the Toyota Corolla.

The joint venture represents a $1.6 billion USD investment that Mazda and Toyota plan to make with equal funding contributions. The site for the new plant is in Huntsville, located approximately 14 miles from Toyota’s Alabama plant. The facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs and production is expected to begin by 2021.

“With this announcement, our world changes overnight,” said Tommy Battle, mayor of Huntsville. “Mazda and Toyota, two of the world’s most innovative automakers, have created a legacy project that will provide jobs for decades to come for Huntsville and Alabama. It vaults Alabama to the top as an industry leader in producing the next generation of cars that will power our nation.”

Mazda Motor Corporation President and CEO Masamichi Kogai and Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda joined Gov. Ivey and Mayor Battle for the announcement.

For Mazda, the plant will begin production the same year that will mark the company’s second century of operation and second half-century of sales in the U.S.

“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,” said Kogai. “By making such cars here in Alabama, we hope that over time our plant will come to occupy a special place in the hearts of our employees and the local community. By making this plant a vibrant part of that community, we hope to work, learn and grow together with the people of Alabama and Huntsville.”

For Toyota, this joint-venture plant will be its 11th U.S. manufacturing facility and an addition to the $10 billion dollar investment over the next 5 years that was announced in January 2017.

“Our investment to establish a new vehicle assembly plant with Mazda builds on the strong success we have enjoyed in Alabama where we produce engines for the North American market,” Toyoda said. “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. We are committed to being another ‘best-in town’ company in the city of Huntsville and the state of Alabama, a new hometown for Toyota and Mazda.”

The State of Alabama is the fifth largest producer of cars and light trucks nationally, with more than 150 Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers in the state. In total, there are approximately 57,000 automotive manufacturing jobs in Alabama.

In the coming months, after obtaining approvals and authorization by antitrust agencies, the new joint venture will be established, and site preparations will begin with the start of production in 2021.

For more information, visit the websites for Mazda and Toyota.

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