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Toyota Invests $80 Million To Expand Alabama Engine Production, Creating 125 Jobs
Area Development Online News Desk (05/22/2012)
Toyota will invest $80 million on expansion of its Huntsville, Alabama, engine facility where it will increase North American production of V6 engines. Approximately 125 new jobs will be created, increasing the auto manufacturer's total workforce 10 percent to 1,150 workers and its total investment in the area to more than $700 million.

According to Toyota officials, a new 300,000 square foot building will be constructed at its Cottonvalley Drive plant. The expansion will allow Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama to build an additional 216,000 engines each year, boosting total V6 annual capacity to 362,000 The increased production will begin in March 2014.

The Alabama facility currently assembles 4-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines for eight of 12 Toyota North American built vehicles, making it the only Toyota plant globally to produce these three types of engines in one facility.

This investment will increase engine production at the Huntsville plant to more than 700,000 annually, and will increase total Toyota engine production in the U.S. to more than 1.4 million per year. Toyota also builds engines in Kentucky and West Virginia.

"We are proud to announce our fourth expansion, only a few months after celebrating 10 years of success in Huntsville and Madison County," said Jim Bolte, President of Toyota's Alabama Division. "Today wouldn't be possible without continued commitment from our outstanding team members and support from our community partners."

"Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama has been a dedicated corporate citizen in Alabama for more than ten years, and today's announcement is an exciting new chapter for this company and this community. Toyota's success in Alabama is a testament to the hard-working men and women of the production and leadership teams who have dedicated themselves to producing quality products," said Governor Robert Bentley.

"This expansion is also a testament to the business climate we've worked hard to create in Alabama - a climate in which companies are encouraged to expand, innovate, and create new jobs. We thank Toyota for the company's continued confidence in Alabama and Huntsville, and we look forward to a continued long-term relationship," he added.

Today's announcement is the latest in a string of Toyota production increase announcements since February, including Toyota plants in Indiana, West Virginia, Canada and Kentucky. Cumulative investment total is approximately $645 million and more than 1,100 jobs are being added, a Toyota official said.

"This V6 line addition continues to reflect our growing optimism for an improving North American market, and we continue to study more localization in North America," said Steve St. Angelo, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
 
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