Leaders at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama announced 125 new jobs for Huntsville on Thursday. Governor Robert Bentley joined Huntsville officials to celebrate the good news.
This is Toyota's fourth expansion in Huntsville in the last 10 years.
"This latest expansion is proof that north Alabama has the right stuff,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. "The entire region benefits from this expansion, and we are proud to be economic partners with Toyota."
"That's 125 families that can feed their family and take care of their family and put money back into the community," said Governor Bentley.
The new jobs are possible because the plant will be ramping up production of the V6 engine. Toyota Huntsville already pumps out 720,000 engines a year that go into eight of the 12 Toyota models built in north America.
"Every time they will see a Toyota driving, they'll at least think 'I helped make that engine for that vehicle'," said Governor Bentley.
The governor says companies are only as good as the people they employ, and Toyota is thriving in the Tennessee Valley.
"We love being in Huntsville. We love being in Madison County," said Jim Boltie, Huntsville Toyota Plant President. "This wouldn't be possible without the dedicated work from our workforce."
The expansion is an $80 million investment. The new assembly lines should be rolling by Spring of 2014.
“Toyota has expanded four times in the 10 years they have been in Huntsville, and this latest expansion is proof that North Alabama has the right stuff,” said Mayor Battle. “The entire region benefits from this expansion, and we are proud to be economic partners with Toyota.”