In Huntsville, Toyota announced Thursday the creation of 450 news jobs at the motor manufacturing facility as well as a $288 million expansion.
Toyota Motor North America executive Chris Reynolds said the investments represent yet more examples of the company's long-term commitment to build where it sells, irrespective of trade uncertainty due to tariffs. The Rav4 hybrid will be made starting in January 2020 with an annual capacity of 100,000 vehicles, Toyota said.
"It means from all across north Alabama and even into south Tennessee, we'll be providing employment for people, and they'll have jobs, and it'll add to our economy", said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.
"But I'd be disingenuous if I didn't say we also have an eye on trade", Lentz said.
Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday announced it is investing an additional $750 million at five US plants that will bring almost 600 new jobs, including the production of two hybrid vehicles for the first time at its Kentucky facility.
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Toyota's continued investment at their Buffalo, West Virginia manufacturing facility is a testament to the facility's hard working employees and the success that comes with doing business in the Mountain State.
Toyota and Mazda also are building an auto manufacturing plant in eastern Limestone County that is expected to employ up to 4,000 workers. Those same facilities were part of a 2017 announcement by Toyota for a $374 million investment to support production of its first American-made hybrid powertrain. The jobs are not coming to the WSAZ region, but the company is investing $238 million in the Georgetown plant.
The automaker is spreading the additional investments among several plants.
In addition to these investments, the company announced a one million dollar grant to the National Center for Families Learning to promote literacy.
"Since my time as governor, I've had the great pleasure of working with Toyota officials to build on their initial investment in our state, which now totals more than $1.4 billion and is directly responsible for 1,600 good-paying jobs".