Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda on Wednesday announced plans to build a huge $1.6 billion joint-venture plant in Alabama that will eventually employ about 4,000 people.
We asked our Facebook audience why they think Toyota and Mazda passed over North Carolina for an auto production plant. The factory will build up to 300,000 vehicles, half of them being the Toyota Corolla and the other half being a new Mazda crossover vehicle. The companies originally announced plans for a US plant in August when the two Japanese automakers signed a joint venture agreement, though the exact location was not known at that time.
Mazda Motor Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Masamichi Kogai (second from left) and Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda (third from right) joined Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (third from left) and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (second from left) for the announcement.
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"Our workforce, well trained and committed to producing high-quality vehicles and parts, is the reason these companies are deepening their roots here, bringing even more new jobs and opportunity for communities across the state". At an estimated $500.5 million in total value, we believe the package is comparable to the state offer in Alabama, where officials apparently have not included the value of their local property tax exemptions or the value of 1,200 acres of donated land for the site, which all would be in addition to their reported $380 million state offer. "We are proud that this partnership puts Alabama on the forefront of technology in this dynamic global industry".
"Alabama was more equipped for this plant as it already has others".
In another key milestone, the Honda plant in November celebrated production of the 1 millionth engine since starting up its new engine assembly facility three years earlier. "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". In 2017, the company announced a $10 billion investment in the United States over the next five years.