Toyota plans to invest $222 million at its manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Alabama. The company will create a new production line for four-cylinder engines, including a hybrid electric version.
The project is part of a $383 million company wide plan that injects new investment into four U.S. manufacturing plants that support powertrain production for Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Plants in Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee are included, with the Alabama facility receiving the largest investment. The investments advance Toyota's commitment to vehicle electrification and meeting customer demand, according to company officials.
“When it comes to vehicle powertrains, Toyota customers want options that are fuel-efficient and electrified,” said Norm Bafunno, senior vice president, Unit Manufacturing and Engineering, Toyota. “These investments allow us to meet customer needs and quickly respond to an evolving market. We are committed to investing in the U.S., and our teams are ready to take on this new challenge.”
Additionally, the 1.3 million-square-foot facility will be expanded by 114,000 square feet, which marks the plant’s sixth building expansion and its eighth investment since opening in 2003. The project’s hiring boosted the plant’s total employment to 1,800 and increased production capacity to 900,000 engines annually.
“It’s our dedicated workforce that continues to drive Toyota Alabama forward,” said Jason Puckett, president of Toyota Alabama. “Our team members’ commitment to building world-class engines is why Toyota has invested in our plant eight times, and why we continue to play a vital role in Toyota's electrified future.”
The Huntsville site is among Toyota’s largest engine facilities globally and the automaker’s only one in the world to build 4-cylinder, V-6 and V-8 engines under one roof. It has produced 8 million engines since the facility opened. Overall, the plant represents a $1.5 billion investment for Toyota, which included the recent announcement.
“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.