July was a key month for Toyota Alabama's expansion in the state.
Production started for the all-new, redesigned four-cylinder engine, and another key milestone is the closing in on the plant’s new 150,000-square-foot V6 engine assembly line.
The plant first detailed its expansion in March 2019 — the fifth since the plant opened in 2003. When it is complete in 2021, it will result in 450 new jobs and represent a $1.2 billion investment that will make the Huntsville facility the automaker’s largest engine producer in North America.
Toyota Alabama currently builds engines for one-third of all Toyota vehicles assembled in the U.S. By 2021, annual engine capacity in Huntsville will increase 34% to 900,000 and total employment will top 1,800.
“These milestones represent significant achievements and further demonstrate Toyota’s long-term commitment to build where we sell,” said Dave Finch, Toyota Alabama president. “By boosting production capacity and flexibility, our dedicated work force can better serve customers and position our operations for stability and future success.”
That expansion is in addition to the automaker's ongoing construction of a joint manufacturing facility with Mazda – also in north Alabama.