WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) made the following statement regarding today’s announcement that Huntsville has been selected by Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation for a $1.4 billion joint-venture auto manufacturing plant.
“I am extremely proud that Huntsville was selected by Toyota and Mazda for the joint auto production plant,” Senator Shelby said. “This facility will create thousands of jobs and strengthen economic growth throughout our state and region. Alabama has a proven track record of creating an environment where world-class manufacturing operations thrive. Today’s announcement speaks volumes about the capabilities and effectiveness of our state’s skilled workforce, highlighting the continued truth that Alabama is open for business.”
The announcement was made this afternoon from the Alabama State Capitol building in Montgomery by Governor Kay Ivey, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, and executives from Toyota and Mazda. The Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce as well as leaders from multiple municipalities joined the event.
The facility is expected to create 4,000 jobs in the North Alabama region and break ground in the fall of 2018. Toyota and Mazda auto products will be manufactured in a shared facility, which is expected to begin operations in 2021 and produce roughly 300,000 vehicles every year. Since 2003, Toyota has operated a separate engine manufacturing plant in the Huntsville area, about 14 miles away. Alabama is also home to three additional auto companies – Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Hyundai.