NC loses Toyota-Mazda auto plant to Alabama

Alabama expected to win $1.6 billion automaker plant that Kentucky wanted | Lexington Herald Leader

Alabama expected to win $1.6 billion automaker plant that Kentucky wanted | Lexington Herald Leader

"It's is a great day for Alabama", Former Alabama Governor Jim Folsom, Jr. said.

Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda have picked Alabama as the site of a new $1.6 billion joint-venture auto manufacturing plant, a person briefed on the decision said Tuesday. 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. Toyota and Mazda, thank you so much.

The new Huntsville plant will be just 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, which produces four-cylinder, V-6 and V-8 engines for several Toyota models.

Folsom who helped land Mercedes in Tuscaloosa County believes the Toyota-Mazda deal will add even more growth to Alabama's booming auto manufacturing industry which so far has produced almost 60,000 jobs and millions of vehicles.

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In September, Daimler said it would invest $1 billion to expand its Alabama Mercedes-Benz plant to start building electric sport-utility vehicles there from about 2020. The plan for the Alabama plant appears to reflect Trump's calls for more investment and jobs in the United States.

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motors, said the new facility is something of a homecoming since the company already has one plant in the state.

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. US new vehicle sales fell 2 percent in 2017, after hitting a record high in 2016, and are expected to fall further in 2018.

Toyota North America chief executive Jim Lentz said in an interview on Wednesday that pressure from Trump was not a factor in the decision to build the plant.

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WDRB reported in August that Bevin said he had a personal relationship with Toyota Motor Corp. Toyota said it would shift production of Corollas from Canada to the new venture rather than in Guanajuato, and would build Tacoma pickups in Mexico instead.

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".

US President Donald Trump a year ago tweeted criticism of Toyota for planning to build a factory in Mexico to distribute to the US market.

The plant is set to begin operation in 2021 when it will produce 30,000 vehicles a year and employ 4,000 workers.

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US states covet auto assembly plants because they typically pay above-average wages and spin off jobs at suppliers and service companies. Southern U.S. states have the advantage of good transportation infrastructure, business-friendly regulators and generally anti-union politicians.

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