Toyota expands its investment in Alabama with $222 million project

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The investment in Toyota Alabama in Huntsville will create a new four-cylinder production line with the capacity to produce both combustion and hybrid electric powertrains. (Toyota Alabama)

Some big news was announced for north Alabama this week when Toyota revealed a $222 million investment into the Toyota Alabama engine plant in Huntsville.

The project is part of a $383 million investment in four of Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing plants, with Toyota Alabama getting the bulk of the funds.

Some quick facts about Toyota’s latest investment in Alabama

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The engine plant in Huntsville will expand by 114,000 square feet. (Toyota Alabama)

Want to know how far $222 million goes in the manufacturing world? Well here are a few quick facts on what the investment means for the Huntsville engine plant:

  • Toyota Alabama will create a new four-cylinder production line with the capacity to produce engines for both combustion and hybrid electric powertrains.
  • Huntsville facility will expand by 114,000 square feet, which marks the plant’s sixth building expansion and its eighth investment project since opening in 2003.
  • Overall, the plant represents a $1.5 billion investment for Toyota, counting the new project.
  • The expansion makes the Huntsville plant one of Toyota’s largest engine facilities globally and the only one to build 4-cylinder, V-6 and V-8 engines under one roof.

City and statewide leaders have rallied around Toyota’s presence in Alabama

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Toyota has developed a good working relationship with Alabama. (Toyota Alabama)

Toyota’s engine plant in Huntsville has not only created jobs and revenue for north Alabama, but it has also helped develop a successful working relationship between Toyota and Alabama’s political and business leaders.

“Toyota has been a great partner for Alabama,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “And its expansion projects at the Huntsville engine plant have always played an important role in the world-class automaker’s growth plans This significant new investment in Alabama will once again help power Toyota’s strategic efforts to prepare for the future in a fast-changing industry.”

“Many people often ask what is the engine that drives Huntsville? I proudly tell them it is companies like Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama that drive Huntsville’s economy. This latest announcement for TMMAL’s sixth expansion is another indication of the company’s confidence in our workforce and its commitment and investment into our community and future.”

Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle

“Toyota has become a pillar in Alabama’s automotive industry over the past two decades, and this latest milestone represents another important development in the automaker’s strategic growth plans for the Huntsville facility,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “We have been with Toyota every step of the way since engine production began in 2003, and we’re looking forward to building an even more exciting future together.”

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Michael Seale
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