Production begins at a new auto plant in Alabama and the joint venture between Mazda and Toyota is still hiring workers
Huntsville, Alabama — Production has begun at a new auto plant in northern Alabama and the companies running the facility continue to hire workers at a brisk pace.
Work on the first 2022 Corolla Cross vehicles began with the press of a button at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, a joint venture between Mazda Motor Corp and Toyota Motor Corp.
In 2018, Japanese automakers selected Huntsville, Alabama for the sprawling facility, which eventually has the capacity to produce 300,000 vehicles per year, split evenly between Mazda and Toyota.
The joint venture said on Thursday that it was in the midst of hiring another 1,700 employees and is projected to reach 4,000 employees once production is completed next year.
“This is the moment MTM and our North Alabama community have waited for since breaking ground in November 2018,” said facility vice president Mark Brazel. “We are excited to see the Corolla Cross in dealerships across the US”
More than $2.3 billion has been invested in the plant, and companies committed $830 million last year to ensure state-of-the-art technologies are employed in its manufacturing processes.