September 20, 2012

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Commerce

Toyota Plans To Break Ground at Huntsville Plant

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Jim Bolte, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama. (The Huntsville Times/Dave Dieter)

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Toyota plans to  break ground Tuesday on a 300,000-square-foot V6 engine expansion project at its Huntsville plant.

Jim Bolte, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama; U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville; Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison County Commission Chairman Mike Gillespie are scheduled to speak at the 9 a.m. event.

At an announcement in May, Gov. Robert Bentley said the expansion would mean about 125 new jobs at the plant, bringing the number of employees to 1,150.

With the expansion, the plant will produce 3.5-litre V6 engines for Highlander models assembled at a plant in Princeton, Ind.

In May, it was announced that the $80 million project will bring Toyota's total investment to more than $700 million in Huntsville, and the extra space will allow the plant to build 216,000 more engines each year, increasing its total V6 annual capacity to 362,000.

The expansion is the fourth in the facility's 10-year operation.

Engines built at the Huntsville plant go into eight of the 12 vehicles that Toyota builds in North America.

In 2003, the plant in North Huntsville Industrial Park started producing the first Toyota V8 engines made outside of Japan. It now builds four-cylinder engines for the Camry, Highlander, RAV4, Sienna and Venza vehicles, and V6 and V8 engines for the Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks and the Sequoia SUV.

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