Toyota expands Huntsville, Alabama plant to build more V6 engines image

Toyota broke ground today on an expansion of its Huntsville, Alabama engine plant that will support increased V6 engine production.

The Japanese company is investing $80 million in the expansion of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama (TMMAL), the fourth since the facility started production in 2003. Total plant investment is expected to reach more than $700 million once the project is completed.

“We are so pleased to see our plant grow yet again. Not only are we adding more jobs and investing in the local economy, we’re also playing a role in Toyota’s philosophy to build more engines where we sell them. I can’t wait to see more Toyota vehicles with our engines here in our community,” said Jim Bolte, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama.

The new facility will increase capacity by 216,000 engines each year, bringing total V6 annual capacity to 362,000. Toyota will create approximately 125 new jobs at the plant, increasing employment nearly 10 percent to 1,150. Construction will begin in October, while increased production will begin in March 2014.

Currently, TMMAL assembles 4-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines for eight of 12 Toyota North American built vehicles, being the only Toyota plant globally to produce these three types of engines in one facility.