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Mazda-Toyota Plant Will Bring Up to 4,000 Jobs Two Hours From Corinth

From left, Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canifield, Mazda Motor Corporation President and CEO Masamichi Kogai, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, and Limestone County Commission Chairman Mark Yarborough. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff reports

Corinth will be about two hours away from a new Huntsville, Ala. Toyota/Mazda auto manufacturing plant, which is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs once production begins around 2021.

Mazda and Toyota leaders announced Wednesday that the automakers have selected Huntsville 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 to produce Mazda’s crossover model that will be newly introduced to the North American market and the Toyota Corolla.

President Donald Trump celebrated the news on Twitter Wednesday, saying, “Good news: Toyota and Mazda announce giant new Huntsville, Alabama, plant which will produce over 300,000 cars and SUV’s a year and employ 4000 people. Companies are coming back to the U.S. in a very big way. Congratulations Alabama!”

The new joint venture in Huntsville represents a $1.6 billion investment that Mazda and Toyota plan to make with equal funding contributions. The Huntsville site for the new plant is approximately 14 miles from Toyota’s Alabama plant.

“The partnership between Mazda and Toyota will expand innovative automotive manufacturing in Alabama,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “Their decision to locate this new facility in Huntsville is a testament to the talented workforce in our state. We are proud that this partnership puts Alabama on the forefront of technology in this dynamic global industry.”

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said, “With this announcement, our world changes overnight. 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 Chief Executive Officer Masamichi Kogai and Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda joined Gov. Ivey and Mayor Battle for the announcement.

“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,” Kogai said. “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 represents its continued commitment in the United States in addition to the $10 billion dollar investment over the next five years that was announced in January.

Toyota currently has a plant in Blue Springs, Miss., which manufactures the Corolla and employs about 2,000 people. The Blue Springs plant has the capacity to produce 170,000 vehicles annually.

“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.”


  1. Garry Garry January 11, 2018

    We must elect people that are proactive and trying to get industry in this town the streets are pathetic there is no wonder why they chose Huntsville. Our streets and main corridor to our town haven’t saw asphalt on them in years. Go see for yourself and take a drive down proper st.

    • Caramel Skin Caramel Skin January 14, 2018

      I agree. This doesn’t help Corinth at all unless you’re willing to relocate

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