Toyota bringing 450 new jobs to Huntsville engine manufacturing plant

Enlarge ImageToyota's factories in Alabama and Kentucky are about to get a big cash injection from HQ in order to offset potential tariffs.                  Toyota

Enlarge ImageToyota's factories in Alabama and Kentucky are about to get a big cash injection from HQ in order to offset potential tariffs. Toyota

Toyota has announced a plan to boost investment in several of its US production facilities. The growth in Huntsville, however, is the largest of those in number of jobs created and investment.

Six million engines have come from the local assembly plant.

Toyota will invest $13 billion in the United States over the next five years, the company announced Thursday, increasing a prior pledge of investment by 30%. It will double to 240,000 units with this investment.

Toyota has big plans in America, and to accomplish them it will be investing $749 million into its various U.S. manufacturing facilities in addition to creating jobs for 586 people according to a report published Thursday by Reuters.

Since the Huntsville plant has opened it has produced more than 6 million engines.

"Toyota's major new investment in its Alabama engine factory is a testament to the solid partnership we have formed with the automaker and to the high-caliber workforce it has found in the Huntsville area", Gov. Kay Ivey said in the Toyota press release.

"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", stated Manchin, D-W.Va. Attracting a talented and highly skilled workforce is of great importance to companies like Toyota, and I look forward to having them, and more than 230 other employers, represented at our upcoming job fair on Friday, March 22, from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. This is Toyota we're talking about, so of course it's more hybrids.

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"We are especially grateful that workers in Central Kentucky will not only benefit from the strong consumer market for SUVs by producing the RAV4 Hybrid starting in January 2020 but also from the Lexus ES 300 Hybrid production this year", U.S. Sen.

According to the company, "the [Buffalo] plant represents a $1.4 billion investment".

In 2017, Toyota announced it was putting $1.33 billion in the Georgetown plant to upgrade to Toyota's New Global Architecture, which uses the same underlying platform across groups of vehicles while the upper vehicle bodies differ by models.

The West Virginia-made hybrid transaxles are to be used in Highlander Hybrids that are built at Toyota's Princeton, Ind., manufacturing plant.

Leaders with the company said they will mainly invest in their equipment and infrastructure to start building hybrid engine blocks. "Overall, the plant represents an investment of more than $7 billion".

Toyota now manufactures the Camry, Avalon, Lexus ES 350, Camry hybrid and Avalon hybrid at the Georgetown facility.

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