NC loses Toyota-Mazda auto plant to Alabama

NC loses Toyota-Mazda auto plant to Alabama

Toyota and Mazda are participating in a joint venture to build the plant, which will produce the Toyota Corolla and a new Mazda crossover, with a capacity to build 300,000 vehicles annually. "By making this plant a vibrant part of that community, we hope to work, learn and grow together with the people of Alabama and Huntsville".

Multiple media outlets in North Carolina are reporting that the state offered $1.5 billion in incentives to attract the Toyota-Mazda plant.

Toyota officials said last month they expected to make a decision in early 2018 on the location for a new auto-making plant they're building with Mazda. Production is expected to begin by 2021.

"This was yet another outstanding year for Alabama's automotive industry, which continued to build great cars and engines for a worldwide market", said Steve Sewell, executive vice president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. With more than 150 Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers in the state as well as automakers, there are approximately 57,000 automotive manufacturing jobs in Alabama. "It vaults Alabama to the top as an industry leader in producing the next generation of cars that will power our nation".

Governor Kay Ivey has hinted at revealing big news at Tuesday night's State of the State Address.

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The automaker is improving its commitment to the United States market and will focus efforts on manufacturing and increasing sales in the country. I don't see how we're proving people wrong.

"Alabama won a first place trophy today in being selected for that plant", said Dave Sullivan, product analysis manager at AutoPacific Inc., an automotive research company.

Aside from Toyota's original production facility and the upcoming one, Alabama is also home to a Mercedes-Benz plant.

But despite the threat of a border tax, Toyota is moving ahead with plans to build trucks at the Mexico plant, even if it will not build Corollas there.

Alabama ranked 44th out of 48 mainland USA states in overall manufacturing costs past year, contributing to its appeal, said John Boyd, a site selection specialist based in Princeton, New Jersey, who didn't work on this deal.

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