Toyota and Mazda choose Alabama for $1.6bn joint plant

Limestone County likely home for $1.6B Toyota-Mazda plant

"Toyota and Mazda are not going to find a better site than ours", Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said in August.

Details of the assembly plant, which is expected to employ about 4,000 people and open by 2021, will be disclosed at a news conference with state and local officials in Montgomery, this person said.

A Toyota automaker employee moves an engine at the Toyota engine assembly line in Huntsville, Alabama November 13, 2009.

Following Pres. Donald Trump's tariff-tough talk in 2016, Toyota was grilled by the then-President-Elect via Twitter about moving manufacturing jobs outside the USA, threatening crippling tariffs on automakers that didn't build new facilities in the states.

Trump praised the joint venture announcement, saying in August on Twitter: "Toyota & Mazda to build a new $1.6B plant here in the United States of America and create 4K new American jobs". In September Toyota announced a $106 million technology upgrade for the Huntsville plant.

Matt Bevin reportedly said that he would fight to bring a new $1.6 billion automaker plant to Kentucky, but now the joint venture between Toyota and Mazda is expected to go to Alabama.

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WDRB reported in August that Bevin said he had a personal relationship with Toyota Motor Corp.

When Toyota and Mazda announced their joint venture in August past year, Trump took to Twitter to praise the Japanese automakers for their American-centric decision.

Toyota has 10 US plants in eight states in an arc running from West Virginia through Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.Toyota and Mazda announced a capital alliance in August and are exploring joint development of technologies for the basic structure of competitive electric vehicles. Pres. Trump said via Twitter. It also has two in Ontario and a small truck plant in Mexico. The area has many parts factories that provide products to the automakers.

But during the summer, Toyota President Akio Toyoda denied that Trump's views influenced his decision.

Last year, Toyota acquired a 5-percent stake in Mazda and Mazda acquired a 0.5-percent stake in Toyota to jointly develop competitive electric vehicles.

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