Toyota announces $238 million investment in Georgetown plant; increased production

Lloyd Doyle
March 15, 2019

In Huntsville, engine production capacity will increase from 670,000 to 900,000 with the expansion by the end of 2021. The plant will add 450 jobs to accommodate new four-cylinder and V6 engine production lines. The jobs are not coming to the WSAZ region, but the company is investing $238 million in the Georgetown plant.

The website for the giant plant expected to create 4,000 jobs is now active.

"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". Toyota says the money will be used to advance its electrification efforts and create hundreds of new jobs.

Meanwhile, Toyota made another big announcement in Kentucky. She was represented by Greg Canfield, the state's secretary of commerce.

"Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama has been the backbone of Huntsville's advanced manufacturing economy for 18 years", Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said in the announcement. "Overall, the plant represents an investment of more than $7 billion".

The motor plant produced about 630,000 engines in 2018 for an array of Toyota vehicles: RAV4, Highlander, Corolla, Tacoma, Sequoia and Tundra.

The Huntsville facility produces almost one-third of all Toyota engines built in the United States. It is the only Toyota plant in the world that produces 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines under one roof. It builds on capacity that was first announced two years ago.

Manchin described a continued commitment by the company and its workforce. It also plans to ramp up its US-based engine production, presumably to help with that whole "more hybrids" thing.

Fernandes said the pay range for skilled workers will be from $26.40 to $30 per hour.

"And that's going to require us to do an expansion for the 6-cylinder line", Fernandes said. Doug Jones said in the announcement.

That one was a $115.3 million investment to produce the company's first American-made hybrid transaxles.

Lentz told reporters the automaker is eager to find out the findings, including for the 137,000 Americans he said design, build or sell Toyota vehicles in the United States.

"We are proud to add such a significant cost investment to Toyota West Virginia - not only financially but also in adding team members to the Toyota family", stated Leah Curry, president of Toyota Manufacturing West Virginia.

Over the next five years, Toyota said it will increase production capacity at existing manufacturing plants in Huntsville, Alabama; Buffalo, West Virginia; Troy, Missouri; and Jackson, Tennessee, creating almost 600 new jobs, said Toyota.

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