Toyota and Mazda to build massive new auto manufacturing plant in Limestone County

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Toyota and Mazda announced that they were building a joint manufacturing plant at a site in Limestone County.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said, “Today is indeed a great day in the state of Alabama.”

“Growing businesses and creating opportunities for the people of Alabama is a process. I pledge to increase opportunities for the people of Alabama today and for generations to come. I am honored to announce that Toyota and Mazda has selected Alabama as home of their new production plant.”

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Alabama leaders react to Toyota-Mazda announcement

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Mazda and Toyota announced Wednesday that they had selected the TVA mega site in Limestone County for their newest manufacturing plant.  The $1.6 billion joint venture in the city limits of Huntsville will employ up to 4,000 workers.  A number of Alabama elected leaders reacted to the good economic development news.

“Toyota and Mazda’s decision to locate in Limestone County is great news for Alabama and the Tennessee Valley! I’m thankful Alabama was selected despite fierce competition from other states vying for this plant,” said U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville. “Toyota and Mazda’s decision validates what many of us in Alabama already know. Alabama is not only America’s #1 football state, we are also on a path to be America’s #1 automotive production state. That is a strong testament to the quality of the location, resources, people and government leadership that Alabama offers.”

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Walt Maddox: The picture Ivey painted of the state was fiction

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, January 9, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey gave her first state of the state address to a joint session of the Alabama Legislature.  Ivey presented an optimistic, forward-thinking picture of Alabama with improving budgets, record levels of employment, pay raises for state employees, more teachers, and reforms to make the state competitive moving forward.  On Wednesday, Democratic candidate for Governor Walter “Walt” Maddox said that, “The picture she painted of our state was fiction.”

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Toyota announces $106 million investment in Huntsville engine plant

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Toyota announced plans to invest $106 million and add 50 jobs at its Alabama engine plant, the latest expansion for the Huntsville facility that is a key part of the automaker’s global operations.

The investment will provide for a complete replacement of the current four-cylinder engine line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, the only Toyota engine plant in the world to produce four-cylinder, V-6 and V-8 engines all under the same roof.

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Energy Institute of Alabama Aims to Help Build State’s Economy

June 7, 2016

By Seth Hammett

Throughout my career – beginning when, at age 26, I became president of the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce – bringing good, well-paying jobs to Alabama has been of paramount importance.

As Alabama recruited Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Airbus, Google, Remington Arms and others, it was clear that a key element in the state’s ability to attract industry is our reliable and affordable energy supply. Just as it’s important for your family to know the lights will come on and the air conditioner will cool the summer heat, business and industrial prospects need to know they can count on an adequate power supply at a cost that will allow them to be competitive in their space.
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2014 State of the State Address

January 15, 2014

By Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Lt. Governor Ivey, Speaker Hubbard, President Marsh, distinguished guests, members of the Alabama Legislature, Chief Justice Moore, justices of the Alabama Supreme Court – and my fellow Alabamians:

The poorest county in the United States of America is located just 73 miles from where we sit tonight. If we were to drive a little over an hour from this historic hall we would find ourselves in Wilcox County where the median household income is below that of any other county in this nation. 11-thousand of our fellow Alabamians live in Wilcox County where the unemployment rate is chronically in double digits and consistently ranks above the national average.
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Bentley Leads Japanese Business Mission

November 18, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R), Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield (R), and other state economic development officials spent fours days in Japan last week holding talks with Japanese businesses’ movers and shaker including Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada at the automaker’s headquarters. Governor Bentley met Toyota Chairman Uchiyamada, company President Akio Toyoda and Executive Vice President and board member Seiichi Sudo. Toyota is expanding it’s engine factory in Huntsville.
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Bentley Announces More Auto Jobs As Unemployment Falls in State Again

May 22, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Last Thursday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced that Toyota Motor Manufacturing was expanding their Alabama engine production facility in Huntsville.  On Friday, Gov. Bentley announced that April unemployment had dropped to 7.2%….down from 7.4% in March.

Gov. Bentley said, “Alabama hasn’t seen an unemployment rate this low since the start of the recession.  I think we are getting to a point where we are seeing many areas of the economy improving.  For example, the automotive base in Alabama is increasingly strong.  Just yesterday, we announced Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama will be expanding its production facility in Huntsville.  We have also seen many other exciting developments across the state that are leading to new jobs for Alabamians.  We will continue our job creation efforts with the goal that anyone who wants a job is able to find one.”
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