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Toyota to Add 450 jobs, Increase Production at Huntsville Engine Plant

With an investment of more than a quarter-billion dollars, Toyota announced Wednesday it is increasing its production and workforce at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Huntsville.

The automaker said the $288 million will increase the engine production capacity from some 670,000 per year to 900,000 by the end of 2021.

New production lines for Toyota’s four-cylinder and V6 engines will add 450 jobs to the Huntsville plant. The investment also includes a building expansion. Overall, the plant represents an investment of $1.2 billion.

The 450 new jobs is the largest hiring increase at the facility and will increase the number of employees to about 1,800.

“I’m so proud of our team members and their commitment to building world-class engines,” said Toyota Alabama President David Fernandes. “It is because of our workforce and statewide partnerships that Toyota has continued to grow and prosper in Alabama.

“The new engine lines will allow us to respond quicker to customer needs and strengthen our competitive edge in the industry.”

The engine plant, in the North Huntsville Industrial Park just off Pulaski Pike, is the cornerstone of the city’s diversified business base as it moves from being primarily dependent on federal dollars to commercial industry.

“Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama has been the backbone of Huntsville’s advanced manufacturing economy for 18 years,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “This latest investment, the company’s seventh in Huntsville, signals Toyota’s confidence in our workforce and its commitment to continued investment in this facility – more than $1.2 billion to date.”

High points

  • Seven major investments (5 building expansions) since groundbreaking in 2001. 
  • The new $288 million investment will provide 4-cylinder and V6 engine lines to expand production capacity by about 35 percent, increase product flexibility and help better meet demand. This brings the total plant investment to $1.2 billion.
  • The two new production lines will create 450 jobs, increasing total employment to about 1,800.
  • The plant produces one-third of all engines built in the U.S and five times as many since stating production.
  • The 6 millionth engine was built in August 2018.
  • The only Toyota plant globally to build 4-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines under one roof.

The news builds upon Toyota’s expansive presence in the Huntsville area. Last year, Mazda and Toyota unveiled their plans for a joint vehicle manufacturing plant in Limestone County. The $1.6 billion joint investment will create up to 4,000 jobs with production slated for 2021.

Toyota Marks Successful Year in Huntsville

With a historic groundbreaking and producing more than a half-million engines, Huntsville’s Toyota officials are marking 2018 as a landmark year.

In November, the automaker and Mazda broke ground on the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant, a jointly owned-and-operated automotive production plant that will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles a year, beginning in 2021. Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., is expected to create 4,000 jobs, with a $1.6 billion investment split by the two companies.

The plant, in western Huntsville in Limestone County,will build Toyota’s Corolla, whose all-new 2020 model was unveiled in November in California, and Mazda’s yet-to-be revealed crossover model.

Also last year, the Toyota engine plant in north Huntsville poduced approximately 630,000 engines for RAV4, Highlander, Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia vehicles.  These engines powered one-third of Toyota vehicles built in the U.S. 

Currently the 1,400-employee facility is building about 2,600 engines per day – five times as many engines since starting production in 2003.  The plant’s 6 millionth engine was built in August.

Toyota Alabama continues to be the only Toyota plant globally to build 4-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines under one roof. 

In September, the plant launched an advanced 4-cylinder engine line to produce next-generation engines as part of the Toyota New Global Architecture platform. TNGA will increase fuel efficiency while providing responsive handling and a more stable and comfortable feel while driving.  It also provides a more flexible production environment that allows Toyota to better respond to changing market demands.  

The $106 million TNGA project increased total plant investment to $1 billion.  

In 2018, Toyota Alabama supported more than 40 local non-profit organizations by investing more than $700,000 in the areas of education, mobility, environmental, human services and diversity.  In addition, engine and vehicle donations were made to local technical schools to support workforce development efforts and promote careers in manufacturing. 

To date, $10 million has been donated to support local non-profits and education programs in North Alabama.