Toyota bringing jobs to West Virginia and Kentucky

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The investment is part of the company's $13 billion investment aimed at expanding operations at its US plants in West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee by 2021, creating almost 600 new jobs.

Toyota has 10 United States manufacturing facilities and previous year announced a $1.6 billion joint venture with Mazda to build a plant also in Huntsville that will eventually employ 4,000 workers.

"So this new announcement is for a new 4-cylinder and a V6 engine line", said David Fernandes, Huntsville Plant President.

The $288 million investment is going to drive up production 35%, increasing the plant's annual engine capacity from 670,000 to 900,000 by the end of 2021.

"One-third of Toyota vehicles built in North America are powered by engines produced right here", said Clark.

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. There was also $170 million targeted to launch the 2020 Corolla on a new production line in Blue Springs, Miss.

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"They deserve to know if they're a security threat", he said. "I'm a business guy and I've always said that if we can help our businesses grow, there's no limit to what we can do". It then bumped that number recently by an additional $3 billion, of which Thursday's announcement is a part.

"Congratulations Toyota! BIG NEWS for U.S. Auto Workers!"

The company is planning to invest $749 million in its Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and West Virginia plants Alabama is seeing the largest investment.

The company got millions in state tax incentives when it upgraded the plant for the new process. Instead, it reflects Toyota's plan to build multiple vehicles at its plants to better insulate each facility from downturns in market cycles.

The plant has expanded several times since it went online in 2001.

In 2017, Toyota announced it was putting $1.33 billion in the Georgetown plant to upgrade to Toyota's New Global Architecture, which uses the same underlying platform across groups of vehicles while the upper vehicle bodies differ by models. Officials from the company say literacy is a fundamental part of career preparedness.

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